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High School Boys Basketball: Hamburg bounces back with quick start to beat Starpoint

Frontier senior Shawn Fisher piled up 18 points in the Falcons’ win over Orchard Park on Jan. 26. The Falcons the fell to Clarence a game later.

Frontier loses to Clarence; Lake Shore falls; Eden wins second game

Hamburg protected its home floor winning streak by getting out to a much quicker start than in the final game of four straight on the road.

The Bulldogs ran out to an 18-point halftime lead, which was stretched as far as 27 in the third quarter, on their way to a 64-50 win over Starpoint in ECIC Division II action on Tuesday (Jan. 29).

Four days earlier, Hamburg found itself down 19 points at halftime and couldn’t dig out of that hole in losing 66-51 at Iroquois, which improved to 6-2 in the division.

In the win over Starpoint, Hamburg improved to 4-4 in ECIC II by erupting for 41 points in the first half, a rarity for the more defensive-minded Bulldogs. Hamburg also won its third straight game at home.

“What was talked about before the game was coming out strong and that we don’t lose at home,” Hamburg head coach Tim Brueckl said. “We’ve been up in a couple of games that we lost, so we wanted to get it to 15 or 20 where they wouldn’t be able to come back. We did a great job getting out running and pushing the ball.”

Junior forward Griffin Ryan enjoyed a huge performance, scoring 26 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, while senior Kyle Violanti notched 20 points, including three 3-pointers, and five steals. He also broke Starpoint’s press with regularity. Juniors Jeremiah Bill and Tim Kane added six points each.

Against Iroquois, Ryan also had a big game, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds, and helped Hamburg eventually cut a 36-13 halftime deficit to seven points before the comeback fell short. Brandon Pierce added nine points and Bill, six, in the loss, while Kane enjoyed a solid game defensively.

In ECIC I action that night, Frontier opened an early lead and held a one-point advantage on Clarence at halftime, but the Red Devils outscored the host team 37-19 the rest of the way in a 61-44 win.

Frontier lost for the second time this season to Clarence and dropped to 5-4 in the division, despite 11 points from David Rajski, nine from Kevin Marcinkowski and seven each from Jay Bergmann and Shawn Fisher.

Senior point guard Robert Florio dropped nine of his 14 points in the second half for Clarence and Tanner Schmidt scored all 12 of his points in the final three quarters. Ryan Funk led the Red Devils with 16.

In the game prior, Frontier defeated Orchard Park 59-36 on Jan. 26 to improve to 7-5 overall. Leading 26-20 at the half, the Falcons pulled away with a 19-6 third quarter. Fisher led Frontier with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Rajski added 11 points and Brandon Jewett contributed 10 points and six rebounds. Marcinowski finished with eight assists.

Trailing for much the game, Lake Shore held a 40-37 lead late in the third quarter, but for every Eagles’ burst, Chektowaga’s Zak Ciezki had an answer. He scored 13 of his 24 points in the second half to lead Cheektowaga to a 63-53 win over Lake Shore in ECIC III action on Jan. 29.

The sophomore hit big shot after big shot and helped Cheektowaga create a few other buckets in the fourth quarter. After a nice-looking assist, he drove and hit a lay-up to put Cheektowaga up 57-51 late in the game. Preston Summers added four key points down the stretch and finished with 13.

The Eagles’ Wade Bergum did much of his damage in the second half, scoring all nine of his points over the final two quarters, while adding eight assists and four steals. Clark Brueckl knocked down four three-pointers on his way to a team-leading 17 points. Senior forward Ryan Joslyn finished with 12 points, Connor Govenettio added nine, and Colin Hart, six.

Lake Shore, which just recently played a tough game in a 65-63 loss to one of ECIC III’s top teams in Maryvale, falls to 5-7 overall and 3-6 in the division.

Break the Eden boys basketball team up. For the first time in a number of seasons, the Raiders have put together consecutive wins, after a come-from-behind 52-50 win at Springville on Jan. 23. The win came five days after another close road victory, 47-44, over Gow.

Junior guard Brad Palmerton continued a standout season, erupting for 32 points, including a school-record seven three-pointers, to help carry Eden to the latest win.

For the third time in two years, the Raiders and Griffs played a pressure-packed overtime thriller. At one point, Springville extended the lead to 10 and led by five with 30 seconds left in the game, but the Raiders did not quit.

Palmerton hit a three ball, then after Springville missed its free throw, he followed it with a driving lay-up to tie the game with five seconds left. He scored all 11 points in the fourth for Eden.

The teams traded baskets in overtime before Lou Bartus scored the winner with two seconds left on an assist from Palmerton. Also in overtime. Brett Gilson scored four points and AJ Feldman had three points and four rebounds.

The Raiders fell to 2-11, losing to Lackawanna, 84-43, on Jan. 25. Bartus led the Raiders with 16 points, all inside, while Evan Reinig added seven points and six rebounds; Kyle Gibbon, eight points and five rebounds; Palmerton, five points and six assists; Feldman, five points and four rebounds; and Gilson, two points and three assists.

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