"Everything came together," was the way Amherst boys basketball coach Chris Kensy described the way his Tigers took command of its ECIC II first-place battle with Sweet Home on Tuesday night.
Amherst (11-3, 7-1 ECIC II) took sole possession of first place in the division with a 62-49 victory.
The Tigers, ranked No. 8 in the Buffalo News Large School Poll, led 29-23 at the half, but jumped out to a 49-33 advantage after three quarters.
"We picked up our intensity, shared the ball, hit the glass real hard on the offensive end and boxed out well on defense," Kensy said.
Junior Jaylen Stewart had 15 points, five assists and five rebounds for the Tigers.
Senior guard Jake Mullen had 10 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in a strong all-around effort.
Matthew Nix had 13 points and 6-foot-6 Daequan Hill 12 for Sweet Home, which fell to 7-6 overall and 5-2 in ECIC II. Amherst, which has lost only to West Seneca East in the division, swept both regular season games from Sweet Home.
Canisius tops Lancers
Canisius came out of the halftime break, held St. Mary’s of Lancaster to just six points in the third quarter and went on to a 59-46 triumph over the Lancers in their Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball game.
Joe Ciocca led the Crusaders with 11 points, nine in the first half. Joseph Ingrando added 10 points.
Both Ciocca and Ingrando each hit three 3--point shots in Crusaders’ 10th win in 15 games.
Canisius played without starting guard Dewayne Vass, who was out with stomach flu.
"I hope we get him back for Thursday night’s game with St. Francis," said Canisius coach Kyle Husband.
Lake Shore girls roll
Lake Shore continued its impressive march through its ECIC III girls basketball schedule with a convincing 60-31 win at East Aurora.
It was the Eagles’ eighth straight win since their only loss to St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 66-59, on Dec. 20. It also ended East Aurora’s win streak at eight games since a loss at Iroquois.
The Cornfield sisters, Tashawni and Noelani, scored 40 points between them to lead Lake Shore. Tashawni had 21 points and Noelani 19, including four 3-point baskets.
"Noelani was feeling pretty good on the perimeter and Tashanwi is incredibly athletic getting steals and the way she works her way inside when she gets the ball," Arnone said.
The Eagles turned in a strong defensive effort, holding the Blue Devils to single digits in each of the last three quarters. Senior Sarah Tully scored more than half the East Aurora points, She had 18, below her average of 22 a game.
In ECIC II, Amherst, loser only to Williamsville South in overtime, triumphed easily over Hamburg, 77-32, to run its overall record to 11-1 and its division mark to 7-1.
Sophomore Ella Wanzer had 20 points and six rebounds for the Tigers while Emma Klein, another sophomore, had 12 points, six assists and six steals.
• Senior Sara Pfieffer of Olean scored 34 points to outscore visiting Randolph all by herself in the Huskies’ 67-25 victory.
• At halftime of Friday’s St. Joes at Cardinal O’Hara boys basketball game a $750 scholarship will be awarded to a student from each school. The funds are the proceeds from the Coach Mike Dyrek Memorial Tournament at O’Hara last month.
• Zamari Mitchell of West Seneca East was honored before the Trojans’ 73-55 nonleague home victory over Newfane for becoming the first player in WSE history to scored 1,000 points in his career. Mitchell, a senior, reached the 1,000 plateau in a 70-65 loss at Hamburg on Jan. 11. Mitchell had 17 points the wihn over Newfane.