Jaylen Stewart recorded a triple-double for Amherst as the Tigers clinched at least a tie of the ECIC II boys crown with a 58-55 win over rival Williamsville East in front of a full house at Amherst on Friday night.
Stewart, a senior, had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the triple-double. Nick O’Neil had 18 points, six assists, five steals, and six rebounds.
Freshman Nick Moore had a career-high 12 points for Amherst, which has clinched at least a tie of the ECIC II title for three of the past four years.
The Tigers have been division champs in eight of the past nine seasons dating back to their time in the ECIC III division.
“All around, we had good passion on the floor and the bench and it was a solid team win,” said Amherst coach Chris Kensy. “I’m real proud of our guys.”
Amherst can clinch the division crown outright with a win over Hamburg next Wednesday. A loss combined with a Will East win would tie for the division.
Panama wins crown
Panama won its third-straight CCAA West II girls basketball championship with a 50-29 win over Sherman.
The third-straight title is a record for the program, which dates back to the 1970s.
The Panthers finished a perfect 10-0 in league play and 15-2 overall.
A huge crowd was on hand at Panama as the school celebrated four players on Senior Night.
The crowd also got a good look at a potential future star in freshman Mandy Brinks. She finished with 10 points, six steals and six assists.
Jeff Angeletti said he expects Brinks to fill the void left by the departing seniors nicely. “She’s a difference maker,” he said.
Brinks has averaged 14 points per game this season.
Iroquois secures first
Iroquois girls basketball secured at least a first-place tie in the ECIC III division with a 57-35 victory over Pioneer.
The team can clinch the division outright with a win over Springville on Tuesday.
If the Chiefs fall to the Panthers, they’ll tie for first place with East Aurora.
The Chiefs and Blue Devils split the season series.
Junior Emily McLaughlin paced Iroquois with 25 points and five 3-pointers. 17 of those points and all of those treys came in the first half.
The Chiefs later used an 18-3 run in the third quarter to close out Pioneer.
Tapestry wins in OT
Romeo Bell tied the game with seconds left to force overtime and Tapestry took down CSAT, 79-63, in a nonleague boys basketball contest.
Bell finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Tariq Eubanks had 16 points as well while Carl Johnson III logged 17.
Johnson III, a senior, made several crucial free throws late in the game for Tapestry.
“He played very well today, he was a monster for us,” coach Mike Epps said.
The Thunderhawks switched to a full-court man scheme for the extra period, Epps said, which allowed them to pull away with the victory.
Jamestown stays ahead
Jamestown stayed on top of a messy ECIC I division with a 57-50 boys basketball victory over Clarence on the Red Raiders’ Senior Night.
Elijah Rojas and Demarri Jones combined for 41 points for Jamestown, which is 13-6 overall and 9-2 in ECIC play.
Right behind the Raiders are Orchard Park and Williamsville North.
The Quakers did not play Friday night but the Spartans fell to West Seneca West, 70-62.
Frewsburg sets record
Frewsburg set a school girls basketball record by sinking 13 rebounds in a 66-36 victory over Westfield.
Mikayla Jones drained six 3-pointers as part of a 27-point performance. Ashley Carlson had four treys while Reagan Chitester, Elise Sposato and Amanda Dilts had one 3-pointer each.
St. Francis wins upset
Evan Settipane logged the game-winning goal for St. Francis’ federation hockey squad in a 4-3 upset win over rival Canisius.
Settipane scored with four minutes left in regulation to break a 3-3 tie. Jaidyn Torres earned credit for the assist.
Wrestling seeds set
Four area wrestlers were named top seeds in the Catholic High School Athletic Association tournament beginning Saturday at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville.
St. Mary’s Matt Ash, the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the All-Catholic Meet, is the number one seed in the 126-pound class. He sports a 46-4 record this season.
Canisius’ Barry Colby is the No. 1 seed in the 145-pound class. St. Joe’s Ronnie Jones is the top draw in the 182-pound class while fellow Marauder and two-time All-Catholic Caleb Lesswing is the No. 1 seed in the 285-pound class.
Five others from the area are No. 2 seeds: St. Joe’s Luke Ventresca (99 pounds), St. Joe’s Ben Parish (160 pounds), Canisius’ Joseph Dixon (170 pounds), Canisius’ Braydon Vandenburg (195 pounds) and St. Mary’s Tom Moss (220 pounds).
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