A hot-shooting first quarter by Jacob Belote sparks Williamsville North over Clarence, 68-46, Tuesday night, giving the Spartans (10-2) the undisputed ECIC I boys basketball championship. It was the third loss in the division for Clarence. It was the first division championship in the sport since 2016 for North.
Belote scored 23 points, including 13 in the opening quarter as the Spartans avenged a home loss to Clarence last month. The senior guard hit three 3-pointers in the first period as North rolled to a 23-7 lead. It was 35-25 at the half with Belote getting 16 points. He also had four rebounds, four assists and five steals.
"No matter who we put in, right up and down the roster, they did what we asked them to do," said North coach Chuck Swierski. "It was our most complete game of the year."
Breht Swiech had 16 points for the Spartans. Jonathan Abaya had six rebounds, six assists, seven steals and five blocks for the Spartans.
Zach Ianello led Clarence with 23 points.
Middle Early College on top in Yale Cup I
Middle Early College is one win away from capturing back-to-back championships in Yale Cup League 1 for the first time after a 70-62 triumph at South Park. If coach James Kane’s Kats (11-1 league) win their home game on Thursday against International Prep they will clinch the league title outright. Jamond Jones led the victory with 29 points. He made four 3-pointers but many of his points came on finishes in the paint off of drives.
MEC got strong inside play from Jakari Nettles and Traemelle Stevens-Richardson as well as 6-4 sophomore Anthony Smith, who began the season on the junior varsity.
Anthony Mack had 21 points for the Sparks. He was especially effective in the first half as he helped South Park closed to 31-29 at the half. Middle College outscored the home team, 39-33, in the second half.
Centaurs in the lead
Jaden Slaughter scored 35 points for City Honors in a 79-59 victory over Riverside that put the Centaurs into first place in Yale Cup II with a 12-1 record and will play its final league game at Buffalo Arts Wednesday. MST Seneca (11-1) has two league games to play.
Health Sciences, Medina clinch
Health Sciences rolled past Tapestry, 92-52, to win the Charter Cup. Javaughn Jones had 24 points, 10 steals, 10 assists and six rebounds to lead the Falcons while Tysheen Lott has 23 points, including seven 3-pointers.
Medina clinched the Niagara-Orleans League title outright with a 64-38 win over Akron. Nate Sherman had 21 points to lead the Mustangs.
Krusza leads Frontier girls
Junior Claire Krusza scored 28 points and reached the 1,000 points career mark with a 3-pointer in the first quarter to lead Frontier over Lancaster, 70-33, for a 12-0 season in ECIC I girls basketball. Krusza, who made five 3-pointers, also had eight steals and five assists.
Eden finished 14-0 in ECIC IV with a 66-28 over Holland. Brooke Woodard had 22 points for the Raiders.
Binghamton signs Clifford
Matt Clifford of Frontier, a first team All-Western New York selection in soccer as a defender, has committed to Binghamton University. He played a key role with two goals and two assists as the Falcons became a Section VI Class AA semifinalist last fall.