St. Bonaventure’s men’s basketball team will play in the Cayman Islands Classic in Georgetown, Grand Cayman next Thanksgiving Week.
In the tournament, which will run from Nov. 19-21, the Bonnies will compete along with Clemson, Creighton, Georgia State, which played in the NCAA tournament last season as did Bona. Other teams entered are Akron, Boise State, Georgia and Illinois State. Last season, Bona lost to TCU in the championship game after winning two games in the Emerald Coast Classic, an in-season tournament held in Niceville, Fla. The Bonnies then went on to a 26-8 season including a win over UCLA in the NCAA First Four in Dayton, Ohio, before they were eliminated by Florida, 77-62, in Dallas. Bona finished second in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 14-4 league record.
Marist 18, Niagara 9: The Purple Eagles’ drive toward first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was short-circuited in Poughkeepsie by the Red Foxes, who moved into a tie for the lead with Canisius at 5-1. Niagara fell to 4-2 in the conference. Caroline Crump had three goals for Niagara, including the 100th of her career. Rachel MacCheyne, Shea Swartwout and Alexis Morales scored twice each for the losers. Marist coasted to victory after taking a 15-4 halftime lead.
Niagara 11, St. Bonaventure 9: Trevor McCauley scored the tying run in the eighth and doubled for two runs to put the Purple Eagles ahead in the ninth to climax a rally from a 9-4 deficit for Niagara (12-17). Wyatt Olson and Peter Battaglia homered for NU. Tyler Kehler had a homer for Bona (7-20), which left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. The loss left Bona coach Larry Sudbrook still looking for his 700th win.
UB 8-5, Canisius 0-15: Ally Power shut out the Griffs, striking out 10 in a four-hitter before Canisius rolled the second game of the doubleheader at the Demske Sports Complex. Leandra Jew and Taylor Scott homered for the Bulls in the first game. Morgan Altman (West Seneca West) had a home run and a double while driving in five runs for Canisius in the second game.
Fordham 8-4, St. Bonaventure 0-1: The second-place Rams (24-17, 12-1 A-10) swept the Atlantic 10 doubleheader from the last place Bonnies (8-26, 1-12). Bona has a three-game home series against first-place Massachusetts (22-11, 11-0) Saturday and Sunday.
Syracuse 10-7, Niagara 6-1: Jerri Ann Orfano and Margaret Vesneske homered for the Purple Eagles (10-25) in the opener.
Saba signs in Europe
Senior basketball standout Sarah Saba of Daemen signed a professional contract to join BBC Grengewald Hueschtert, a club based in Luxembourg for the 2018-19 season.
The former Lancaster High star appeared in all 110 games over the last four seasons for the Daermen, 106 as a starter, and totaled 1,774 points (16.1 ppg), 770 rebounds (7.0 rpg), 234 assists, 157 blocks and 157 steals.