Middle Early College captured the Yale Cup League I championship Tuesday night, nailing down the title with an 87-53 triumph over winless Emerson.
Coach James Kane's Kats won a four-way battle for the championship in the top league among Buffalo Public School teams. MEC finished 12-2 in league play, East (11-3) defeated defending champion South Park, 62-53, to capture second place. Hutch-Tech outscored McKinley, 23-16, in the fourth quarter and upset the Macks, knocking them out of a possible tie for second place. E.J. Shaheid scored 16 points, hitting three of his four three-pointers in the final quarter to lead the Engineers.
Sudden turn of events wins for Hamburg
The game appeared lost for Hamburg when an Amherst shooter went to the foul line with 2 seconds to play and his team already in front by a point. When a Tiger claimed the offensive rebound it seemed a forgone conclusion.
However, a technical foul against Amherst gave Hamburg one last shot. Bulldogs coach John Reinholz sent senior captain Jacob Genzel to the line with 0.7 seconds left to shoot the free throws. He made both to give the Bulldogs a 52-51 victory. Amherst had won the first meeting of the ECIC II rivals by 18 points.
"I’ve been around a lot of years, but that was as crazy a finish as I’ve ever seen in a high school game," said Reinholz, who is in his first season as Hamburg coach. He took last season off after coaching at Nichols.
Mark Henry had 26 points for Hamburg and added three steals and four assists.
"He was all over the place," Reinholz said.
Genzel finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds as Hamburg ended its league season at 5-7.
Cooper sets Medina mark
Medina senior Jalin Cooper scored a career high 39 points and became the Mustangs' all-time scoring leader with 1,293 career points in an 80-38 victory over Barker in Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball.
The Mustangs and Newfane are tied for first at 9-2 in the league, each with one game to play. Medina will play at Akron tonight. Newfane will face third-place Wilson on Thursday. Wilson defeated Medina twice.
Cooper passed Levi Pace, who graduated in 2010, on the Medina scoring list. Pace scored 1,280 career points.
Girls hockey semis set
Elizabeth Jackson scored two goals and Rose Quattro made 23 saves for Williamsville in a 4-1 victory over LID (Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew) in a quarterfinal game of the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation playoffs at Amherst Northtown Center.
Williamsville will face No. 1 seed and regular-season, Section VI and state champion FLOP (Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park) in one semifinal at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Northtown Center.
Monsignor Martin, a 5-1 winner over West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden on Tuesday, will face CASH (Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home) in the other semifinal at 5:30. CASH triumphed over Kenmore/Grand Island, 5-4, on a goal by Charleigh Rondeau in the second overtime.