Hello from Niagara Falls High School and the 16th PAL/ACE Showcase.
I'll have minor updates with the results of the games and I'll have much more after the games.
Here is the rosters link (it's also at right).
The freshman-sophomore game had the South team (in gold) leading the North (in blue), 29-25, at halftime.
Some game-day roster adjustments: Derek Sekatarski of Depew is playing for the North while Jesse Lalka of Tonawanda is not; Erik Simmons of McKinley and Jermaine Crumpton of Niagara Falls are playing for the South while Denzell Washington of Hutch-Tech is not.
South team wins, 68-60. Aaron Frasier of Seneca was the MVP for the winning South team; Justice Feggans of Riverside was the MVP for the Gold team.
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Freshman-Sophomore Box Score
South 68, North 60
NORTH: Sterling Taplin (Williamsville North) 15, Justice Feggins (Riverside) 10 (MVP), Jordan Johnson (Sweet Home) 2, Jake Denz (St. Marys) 6, Nate Myers (St. Mary's) 0, Jamal Carter (City Honors) 9, Lamont Little (Riverside) 12, Connor Keenan (Williamsville East) 0, Derrick Sekuterski (Depew) 4, Brian Barnes (Sweet Home) 0.
SOUTH: Stan Wier (Nichols) 12, Jordan Glover (St. Joe's) 2, Chad Kelly (St. Joe's) 8, Jordan Farrant (Holland) 9, Aaron Frasier (Seneca) 18 (MVP), PJ Blanch (Kenmore East) 1, Erik Simmons (McKinley) 6, Jaden Cotton (Depew) 2, Rashawn Crule (Sweet Home) 4, Jermaine Crumpton (Niagara Falls) 6.
Halftime: South, 29-25. 3-point goals: Taplin, Frasier 3, Wier.
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Adjustment to the junior-senior rosters -- Vince Kazmierczak of St. Mary's added to the East team, which is in red. The West team is in blue.
Starters for the East/red: Alden's Christian Barczykowski, North Tonawanda's Aaron Davis, Niagara Falls' Davon Marshall, Canisius' Aaron Nevins, Akron's Trevor Short.
Starters for the South/blue: Sweet Home's Keron Briggs, Riverside's Isaiah Jefferson, Williamsville South's Joe Licata, Amherst's Nico MacLean, Maryvale's Bryce Shepard.
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At halftime, Blue has a 42-37 lead.
Red led early before Blue went on a 19-4 run to take a 39-29 lead and prompt a timeout from Red coach Erik O'Bryan of North Tonawanda.
We have a FINAL SCORE: East/Red 97, West/Blue 91.
Marshall was the well-deserved recipient of the MVP award for the Red while Briggs was equally as deserving for the Blue side.
More to come ... have a story to write for the paper ...
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Junior-Senior Box Score
East 97, West 91
EAST: Aaron Davis (North Tonawanda) 15, Davon Marshall (Niagara Falls) 26, Aaron Nevins (Canisius) 9, Christian Barczykowski (Alden) 7, Trevor Short (Akron) 11, Matt Dotterwich (East Aurora) 3, Darrik Bloomfield (North Tonawanda) 9, Jake Maryniewski (Depew) 5, Maurice Miles (Hutch Tech) 8, Brennan Moxham (Wilson) 0, Vince Kazmierczak (St. Mary's) 4.
WEST: Keron Briggs (Sweet Home) 20, Isaiah Jefferson (Riverside) 15, Nico McLean (Amherst) 13, Jonas Stalyga (Grand Island) 10, Bryce Shepard (Maryvale) 1, Joe Licata (Williamsville South) 3, Connor Rehbaum (St. Joe's) 3, Kenny Stokes (Niagara Falls) 12, Blair Estarfaa (Maryvale) 8, Peter Notaro (St. Mary's) 5.
Halftime: Blue, 42-37. 3-point goals: Davis, Marshall 4, Dotterwich, Maryniewski, Miles 2, Briggs 3, Stalyga 2, Rehbaum, MacLean, Estarfaa 2.
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Let's go to the video highlights ...
The game is tied at 82-82 with after a three-point play by the West's Briggs with 2:47 left.
That's Nevins scoring on a drive, Davis blocking a shot and Marshall sparking a fast-break and then finishing it off with a putback for an 86-82 lead.
That's Dotterwich nailing a dagger of a three for East for an 89-82 lead under two minutes to go.
After a McLean three, two free throws (on a one-and-one) from Davis and and a Briggs drive as the lane opened up, East held an 91-87 lead and West called a timeout with 1:04 left.
Marshall does a great job to go coast-to-coast to put East up, 93-87; then Jefferson draws a tough foul call on Bloomfield with 45.6 seconds left -- he would hit two for a 93-89 game. After a missed free throw on the front end of a one-and-one by East, the West still had some hope.
Davis steals the ball and gets fouled with 22.3 seconds left and hits two for a 95-89 lead for East. Big free throws. MacLean had a follow basket with about 15 seconds left but Davis hit two more big ones with 11.9 seconds left for a 97-91 margin.
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