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High School Extra: Big turnaround for Salamanca

Talk about turnarounds.

Salamanca lost twice to Silver Creek by a combined 84 points in their two CCAA East I regular season meetings. The scores were 81-42 and 94-49.

In as improbable an upset as you could imagine, the Warriors upset the Black Knights, 56-55, at Silver Creek in a Class C prequarterfinal game of the Section VI boys basketball tournament.

Freshman guard Isaac Brown scored the game winner with 2.1 seconds left. Brown took the ball the length of the floor for the basket after a Silver Creek player missed the first one-and-one.

"He’s an incredibly tough player," said Salamanca coach Adam Bennett. "He doesn’t get caught up in the moment. When he got the rebound with 10 seconds to go, we knew he was going to take it to the basket.

"We have a really young team and we’re playing our best basketball right now."

Salamanca came into the sections with a 7-13 record and finished next to last in its league with a 2-8 record.

Hutch, Seneca fall

Hutch-Tech and MST Seneca were upset victims in the boys sectional basketball play on Wednesday.

A 28-point performance by Cam Sionko, including five three-pointers, led Grand Island to a 67-54 win at Hutch-Tech in Class A-1. The Vikings built a 42-25 halftime lead and increased it to 60-32 at the three-quar ter mark. Liam Varey had 14 points and Derek Callen 11 for GI. Jayden Mitchell led Hutch with 16.

Fredonia triumphed at MST Seneca in Class B-1, 57-54, outscoring the hosts, 16-9 in the fourth quarter. Junior Nate Shaurt led the Hillbillies with 17 points. Tyler Putney had 12 and Reid Tarnowski 11, including three three-pointers.

Thunder surges to win

Mount St. Mary’s trailed Mount Mercy, 23-22, at halftime in their Monsignor Martin girls basketball game Class A quarterfinal. Then the Thunder scored the first 22 points of the third quarter and went on to a 54-28 victory. Mount Mercy scored one point in the third quarter on a free throw with 8 seconds left in the period. The Magic had only four points in the fourth.

Jillian Fittry led Mount St. Mary with 15 points. She also had four assists, five rebounds and four steals. Grace O’Brien had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Alesia Hamm scored 12 for Mercy.

Myla Kline hit four threes in a row in the first half and finished with 18 points for St. Mary’s of Lancaster in a 54-26 win over Nichols in a Monsignor Martin quarterfinal. Lauren Nawojski had 12 for the Lancers.

Frontier wins in AA

In the only Class AA prequarterfinal game on Wednesday’s schedule, Frontier overpowered Niagara Wheatfield, 61-36, behind a powerful performance by 6-7 junior Brandon Dunz, who had 13 of his 17 points in the second half and had 14 rebounds for coach Gary Domzalski’s team. Kyle Ebert scored 17 for the Falcons, 12 in the second half.

JaQuan Wingard scored 24 points and Ibrahim Ismani 21 for Buffalo Science in a 79-70 upset
at Maple Grove in a Class C prequarterfinal. Science outscored the home team, 38-29, in the second half.

Truman Purlow had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Peter Auer scored 18 for the Red Dragons. Carson Crist (15 points, 10 rebounds) had a double-double for the Grove. Brian Clark also had 10 rebounds for Maple Grove.

Rumph goes over 1,000

Ranya Rumph, who is the career points and rebound leader in Cheektowaga girls basketball, went over the 1,000 rebound mark for her career in the Warriors’ 54-48 loss to Starpoint in the sectional Class A-2 prequarterfinals on Tuesday. Rumph scored 17 points in her final game for Cheektowaga, leaving her with 1,291 points for her career.


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