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High School Boys Basketball: Frontier rallies to beat Lancaster thanks to a spark from German

Senior guard Tyger German took over in the second half of Frontier’s win over Lancaster. The Falcons improved to 8-8. (Photo courtesy of Ron Larson)

Frontier came alive in the fourth quarter riding the play of Tyger German to an important ECIC I win over Lancaster. The Falcons may need to see more of that if they’re to pull off any surprises in the upcoming playoffs.

German scored 13 of his 14 points in the second half and helped guide a stout defensive effort for Frontier down the stretch in its 65-53 win over Lancaster on Friday (Feb. 8). The senior guard also gave an undersized Frontier a lift on the boards, finishing with eight rebounds.

“Our defense helped out and the team just put it together at the end,” German said. “Coach (Domzalski) has us playing together and we showed that by playing well in the second half.”

Although his playing time varies, German has the talent to take over a game, as he showed against Lancaster, and he could play a major role if Frontier is to compete against some of the elite Class AA teams come playoff time.

“It was nice to see Tyger German step up,” Frontier head coach Gary Domzalski said. “Here’s a kid with all kinds of talent. He may not play in certain situations…but he’s still up on the bench and cheering. Tonight, he got his chance and made the most of it. It was good to see him with a big smile on his face at the end of the game.”

Not only is their perennial power Niagara Falls and Jamestown to deal with in Class AA, but also division mates Williamsville North and Clarence have established themselves ahead of Frontier at this point. The Falcons are now 8-8 overall and 6-6 in ECIC Division I.

“Six of our eight losses are against teams in the Large School Top 10, and we also lost to Nichols, a Top 10 small school, and Lackawanna, who is no slouch, so I keep trying to tell the kids don’t get down on yourselves,” Domzalski said. “I think we’re better than our record indicates. It’s just a tough year in our division.”

In a one-point game with Lancaster, leading 42-41 at the end of three, Frontier pulled away in the game’s final several minutes. The lead had changed hands four times in the first few minutes of the final quarter.

The Falcons finished the game on a 10-0 run, converting on 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch. For the game, Frontier knocked down 21 of 29 from the charity stripe.

Kevin Marcinkowski hit seven of those free throws and finished with 12 points. The consistent senior point guard added six steals and had another excellent game distributing the ball and is now over 100 assists for the season.

Sophomore guard Jay Bergmann also knocked down some big shots, finishing with 10 points. Senior Shawn Fischer and junior David Rajski each added nine points and junior forward AJ Licata notched 12 rebounds and six points.

Lancaster, which built an early-game lead and then held a 29-27 advantage at halftime, was led by 16 points each from Tyler Lis and Griffin O’Brien.

German wants to see that type of consistency out of himself and the team in its final two regular season games and then carry over into the playoffs.

The senior hopes that Frontier can return to Buffalo State for a Class AA semifinal but that will probably take an upset of a highly ranked team or one that they have already lost to twice this year. German could have a say in it all.

“We want to show continuity and coming together as a team — that’s what coach is really emphasizing,” German said. “We’re working on our help defense and taking more charges and on offense, working the ball around to get better shots.”


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