By Keith McShea
I was unable to cover it this year, but here is the rundown from Thursday night's Niagara PAL/ACE All-Star Classic at Niagara Falls. Both games featured impressive performances by Canisius guards, one graduating (Aaron White), and two seemingly poised to step up as they heads into their junior (LaTerrance Reed) and sophomore (Howard Washington) seasons.
Falls coach Sal Constantino reported that the Freshman/Sophomore game that tipped off the night was "the best game we've had since I have been involved" with the games.
The East beat the West, 95-91, in TRIPLE-overtime. "It was a tough game all the way through, and at the end of regulation and the OTs, kids kept hitting clutch shots," said Constantino.
East High sophomore Percy Bryant (22 points) and Canisius freshman Washington (16) led the winning East side while Canisius sophomore Reed had 30 for the West, including many clutch shots in the late going.
Freshman/Sophomore box score (full rosters here):
West: Stone 4, White 2, Cieski 10, Cieslak 11, Littlejohn 6, Williams 4, Reed 30, Ford 5, Lamar 5, Lewis 16.
East: Staton 1, Bryant 22, Fogan 9, Clough 13, Anderson 4, Washington 16, Panebianco 7, Cheatom 6, Jones 5, Miner 10.
3-pointers: Cieski, Cieslak 3, Reed 3, Ford, Lamar, Bryant, Fogan 2, Clough, Washington, Panebianco. Team MVPs: Reed (West), Bryant (East).
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In the Junior-Senior game, the North won, 88-83, behind a 22-point effort by Canisius senior and team MVP White, who battled all night with CSAT senior Darnell Carson (17 points for the South). Riverside junior Willie Smith (11 points) earned MVP honors for the South.
Junior/Senior box score (full rosters here):
North: White 22, Belton 11, Leonard 8, Rath 2, Weir 13, Bibbs 7, Lucas 9, Turecki 16.
South: Henley 9, Carson 17, Oliveri 9, Mulcahy 4, W. Smith 11, L. Smith 11, Nix 6, Crumpton 13, Gilhousen 2, Fron 1.
3-pointers: White 3, Belton, Weir 2, Lucas, Henley, Carson, Oliveri, Mulcahy, Crumpton. Team MVPs: White (North), W. Smith (South).
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