Middle Early College scored a key win over East in Yale Cup League 1 play. The Kats triumphed 69-62 to go to 8-2 in Cup play and now stand alone in first place. East dropped to 9-3.
Meanwhile, South Park moved even with East, outscoring International Prep at Grover in the fourth quarter for a 65-61 victory. Dabeyon Humphrey had 17 points for the Sparks while Alex Pagan led I-Prep with 21 points.
Olmsted pinned the first Yale Cup League 2 loss on City Honors, 41-36, behind 16 points by Marciano Lamar. Amir Radford had 13 for the losing Centaurs.
Flyers clinch title tie
Ray Blackwell scored on a three-point play with 0.2 seconds left to give Maryvale a 52-49 victory at Lake Shore, clinching at least a tie for the ECIC III boys basketball championship. Blackwell took a pass from Xaier Mitchell for a layup basketball and was fouled on the play. Blackwell had 23 points for the Flyers. Jon Park had 21 points and Jay Brueckle 18 for Lake Shore.
Wilson tops Medina
Newfane took over first place in Niagara-Orleans boys basketball with a 69-37 victory over Barker while Medina was losing at Wilson, 72-64.
Max Weber and Kyle DeVoogel scored 13 points each to lead Medina’s Panthers to their eighth league victory in nine games.
Medina put it away with a 22-4 fourth quarter.
The loss at Wilson cost Medina a share of the league lead. Steve Frerichs had 19 points for the Lakemen, who took a 49-38 lead into the fourth quarter. Nate Fox ahd `14 points and Mac Musall 13 and nine rebounds for Wilson. Jalin Cooper led the losing Mustangs with 24 points.
Led by 42 points by Jacob Bruning, Roy-Hart worked extra, extra hard for its third Niagara-Orleans League victory of the season. The Rams went to two overtimes to edge Albion, 82-80. Bruning is averaging 20 points a game for the Rams. Charlie Brigham had 19 points and Noah Kindron 12 for Roy-Hart. Bryce Pritchard had 24 and Deyonci Farley 22 for the Purple Eagle.
Jakob Jerebko had 21 points, including five three-pointers, as Lancaster edged visiting Jamestown, 55-53, in ECIC I. Elijaha Rojas had 17 for the Red Raiders.
Newfane girls clinch
Paige Emborsky had 21 points as Newfane, undefeated in league play, clinched the Niagara-Orleans title with a 55-28 win over Barker.
Dani Haskell of No. 1 ranked girls small school Franklinville put on her usual scoring display with 33 points, but she was nearly outshone by teammate Abby McCoy in an 85-49 win at Cheektowaga. Mccoy put on a three-point shooting show, making eight as she went off for 28 points. Ranya Rumph had 26 for Cheektowaga.
Two Crusaders to sign
Medaleine Sowinski, a soccer standout for four years at Cardinal O'Hara will be among those Western New York scholastic athletes signing National Letters of Intent today. Sowinski will sign with Canisius College in an event to take place in the school library at noon today. Sowinski was a first team All-Catholic Class C selection last fall.
Two Canisius High senior football players also will be among the signees in a ceremony today at the Kennedy Field House on the Delaware Avenue campus.
R.J. Brandon will commit to Dartmouth. Jayce Johnson will sign with Wagner College, located on Staten Island. Wagner competes in the Northeast Conference on the NCAA Division I Bowl Championship Subdivision (BCS) level.