Park School, ranked No. 1 among Western New York boys basketball teams in this week’s News poll, got ready for huge Monsignor Martin matchups ahead against Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Canisius with an 89-47 triumph over St. Mary’s of Lancaster, the eighth-ranked small School.
Daniel Scott and Brandon Smith had 22 points each for the Pioneers, but it was a big night, too, for junior point guard Noah Hutchins.
Hutchins quarterbacked the Park victory with 18 assists, which has officials at the school looking through the record books to see if that was a record or not. Hutchins had 10 points and seven rebounds.
"Noah is starting to get a lot of attention from colleges," said Park coach Rich Jacob. "There’s great interest at the Ivy League level. Next week South Carolina is coming. Indiana was scheduled but were held up by plane problems in Chicago. Noah is getting that kind of attention."
In addition, sophomore center John Orogun had 15 rebounds in the victory.
Matthew Ciezki had 13 points for the Lancers. Park will face Timon on Friday and Canisius next week.
Meanwhile, Canisius and Timon won their games easily in Monsignor Martin play.
Canisius defeated Niagara Catholic, 72-55, as Austin James led the way with 20 points.
Bishop Timon-St. Jude rolled over Cardinal O’Hara, 96-60, behind 26 points by Julian Cunningham.
St. Joe’s earns tie with NW in hockey
Ethan Louisos scored the tying goal for St. Joe’s with 20.2 seconds left in the second period in a 1-1 overtime tie with Niagara Wheatfield Wednesday night at Hockey Outlet. Chace Woods had scored earlier in the second period for the Falcons.
Senior Dan Mikolajczak had 13 saves for St. Joe’s, which outshot NW, 25-14. The Falcons maintained their slim lead over the Marauders for second place in the WNY Federation.
Lake Shore evens things with Iroquois
Shawni Cornfeld didn’t match the 31 points she scored in an overtime loss to Iroquois on Monday night, but she was just as effective Wednesday night in the Eagles’ 54-48 triumph over the Chiefs on the Lake Shore court.
Cornfeld had 18 points, eight rebounds and eight steals as Lake Shore handed Iroquois is first loss in ECIC III girls basketball play.
"We stayed out of foul trouble this time," said Lake Shore coach Danielle Arnone. "Shawni is our leader both on and offense and defense and she gives the ball up because she likes to have the other girls score."
The Iroquois loss leaves East Aurora as the only undefeated team in the division.
No. 2 Will South prevails
A junior (Tatyjana Scalise), sophomore (Hannah Dolan) and freshman (Ameri DeBerry) led No. 2 ranked girls basketball large school Williamsville South over Sacred Heart, the No. 3 team, 67-42. The Billies opened a 40-14 halftime lead. Scalise (16 points, 15 rebounds) and DeBerry (14 points, 12 rebounds) each had double-doubles and Dolan had 14 points for South.