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Buffalo boys win BCANY Hoops Fest championship

Buffalo was humbled in the boys championship game a year ago, but Sunday the Western New York entry scored an upset over Rochester, 79-75, to win the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival in Johnson City.

Coach Chris Kensy's team came back from a halftime deficit for the fourth time in the tournament to defeat the Rochester entry.
That was after Buffalo edged Suffolk County, 63-61, in the morning semifinals  on Noah Hutchins' rebound basket with 3 seconds left. Buffalo trailed 36-29 at the half.

It was the third year in a row Buffalo had reached the championshipo game.
Rochester advanced to the final by defeating Mid-Hudson, 79-72. Mid-Hudson was the team that hung the only loss on Buffalo (4-1) in the three-day tournament.

Central New York routed Buffalo, 95-58, in the for the 2017 championship, but it was a different story this time for a team led by Park School stars Hutchins and Quinton Ebuka and Jalen Bradberry (Niagara Falls) and Julian Cunningham (Bishop Timon-St. Jude).

Hutchins had 17 points and seven assists in the champioship game after he scored 20 with five assists in the semifinal. Cunningham contributed 14 points and had four steals while Bradberry had 12 points and Ebuka came down with 10 rebounds. As he did against Southern Tier on Saturday, Tyler Hind (Randolph) camae through with three three-point shots when they were most needed.

"We got better with every game," said Kensy, the coach at Amherst. "We kind of molded together and we had guys make some big shots."

Mike Schmidt (Olean) won the Buffalo Team Sportsmanship Award.

The Buffalo girls team, coached by Nate Beutel of Niagara County Community College, also had a successful last day Sunday. Buffalo took the lead early in the second half and went on to a 74-72 victory over the Long Island team to gain fifth place in the final standings.

Dani Haskell (Franklinville) led Buffalo with 22 points. Siobhan Ryan (Sacred Heart) a standout  all through the tournament had 21 points and six rebounds.
Ryan had 57 points (14.2 average) and 21 rebounds as Buffalo went 2-2 in the tournament. One of the losses was to eventual girls champion Rochester.



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