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Western New York’s longest-running high school basketball all-star game returned to its roots this week. The 25th edition of the ACE showcase will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday at Amherst High School. More than 40 players attended Tuesday’s tryout at Sweet Home, where the event originated. “Having the tryout here is special,” Sweet Home coach Brandon Woods said. “The coac…

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Park School was envisioned to be a scary good team this season moments after it won the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions in March because of its returning personnel. While only two of the four expected starters wound up returning, reloading on the fly with seniors Noah Hutchins and Quentin Nnagbo leading the way still proved to be a championship-winning…

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There’s still a lot of season left, but should the Park School and Cardinal O’Hara end their respective campaigns with No. 1 rankings both will undoubtedly be thrilled with the achievements. Both also will know which boys basketball team would be the undisputed No. 1. That would be Park based on head-to-head record. The Buffalo News’ No. 1 large school spoiled sen…

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NIAGARA FALLS – In most games, Niagara Falls won’t have the height advantage on its foes. It's used to it. To counter that the Wolverines try to play fast, physical and come up with ways of making their opponents miserable. They may have stumbled on another method: just make Moran Montgomery angry. The 6-foot-2 Montgomery erupted for 18 points and six rebounds …

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NIAGARA FALLS – The blink-of-an-eye offense was at it again for Cardinal O’Hara and that’s a good thing. It served as an effective repellent for whenever Section V’s U-Prep got within striking position of the Hawks. The play also served as O’Hara’s most effective on a Saturday in which the Buffalo News’ top-ranked small school looked a little off but found a way to exte…

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Davonte Gaines fulfilled his “Big Ticket” billing to promote this weekend’s Corey Graham Can-Am prep basketball showcase. “It’s going to be a movie — you can’t miss it,” the All-Western New York selection who has signed with the University of Tennessee said in advance of the two-day, 12-game event at Villa Maria College. This will be the only local court appearance of t…

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In the jubilant aftermath of a win for the ages, nobody could recall the last time Cardinal O’Hara had defeated Canisius in boys basketball. Retired athletic director Angelo Sciandra looked up at the championship banners hanging on the wall of O’Hara’s gym. “It had to be either 1982 or 1994,” he said. Already regarded as one of the top small schools in Western New York, …

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Joe Ciocca approached the bench after his third-quarter scoring surge and was greeted by one of his Canisius teammates. “It’s nice to meet you,” senior JT Boyland joked. “I’ve never seen this before.” Ciocca poured in 25 points in his varsity debut, netting 13 in the third and six down the stretch, to lead Canisius in a 67-64 comeback victory against West Seneca West on …

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The boys basketball season has already begun, but it really kicks into high gear Friday with marquee tournaments such as Niagara Falls High School’s Cataract Classic, Daemen’s Pastor-Cooper Showcase and Canisius’ Tom Keenan Memorial Tournament bringing top teams and individual talents together on the hardwood. Among them are some of the stars on our list of the area's t…

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Park School rode the towers of three and perhaps the best backcourt in the area to championship glory last season. It was expected that the underclassmen core would return with the mission of completing a New York State Federation Tournament Class A championship repeat. Then the offseason happened. Three pivotal players to Park’s run transferred to prep schools, incl…

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Willie Lightfoot and Roddy Gayle haven't begun their freshmen years of high school but they showed enough as eighth-graders in helping Niagara Falls win the Section VI Class AA boys basketball championship that they soon will have reason to think about where they might want to head to college. Lightfoot, a nifty little point guard, and Gayle, a 6-foot-3, guard/forward e…

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Williamsville South senior guard Greg Dolan has been named state Player of the Year in Class A for boys basketball by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Dolan, a three-time first team All-Western New York selection and the 2017-18 Allen Wilson Buffalo News Player of the Year, averaged 28.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.1 steals and 6.9 assists per game in helping t…

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Who: VI-Health Sciences Falcons (21-4) vs. IV-Seton Catholic Saints (22-2). What: New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Tournament final four. When: 5 p.m. Friday at Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena in Binghamton. NYS Sportswriters Rankings: Health Sciences is ranked No. 2 in the state. Seton Catholic of Binghamton is ranked No. 3. How they got …

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Starling Bryant has never been to Binghamton. He hears Floyd L. Maines Arena is a fine place for a boys basketball game. Of course, if one happens to be a coach of a high school team that is just two wins away from winning a New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship it doesn't really matter where the games are being played so long as your team…

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The fourth quarter has been East's time to shine all season. With a berth to the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association boys basketball semifinals on the line, the Panthers did just that once again in the final eight minutes. East (18-6) turned a close game into a rout by crafting another big finish as the Section VI champions defeated Section V coun…