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High School Boys Basketball: Home court blues for Hamburg, Frontier, North Collins

Dave Rajski and Frontier were unable to beat West Seneca West for a third-time this season. (Photo courtesy of Ron Larson)
Lake Shore falls at South Park

Three locals saw their 2012-13 seasons end at home in the Section VI playoffs.

Hamburg kept it close throughout the first half but Hutch Tech slowly began pulling away in the third and then ended the game with a big fourth quarter to escape the Bulldogs’ home gym with a 59-38 win in a Class A-1 quarterfinal on Friday (Feb. 22).

Jovohn Owens led fifth-seeded Hutch Tech’s effort with 18 points. The winners made 13 of 17 free throws and outscored No. 4 Hamburg 17-12 in the third and 21-8 in the final quarter after leading by three points at the half.

Seniors Andrew Sardinia and Kyle Violanti finished off their Hamburg basketball careers with 13 and seven points, respectively. Also, junior forward Griffin Ryan scored five points and classmate Time Kane scored all five of his points in the third quarter to help keep the Bulldogs within striking range. Hamburg got to the charity stripe only eight times, hitting four.

That same night in Class D, fourth-seeded North Collins was also kept from a semifinal game, losing to No. 5 Ellicottville, 42-40, in the rubber match between the two CCAA division rivals. Senior leading-scorer Jared Keppel scored 20 points in the loss, while fellow senior Todd Youngman added 12. The Eagles led 12-11 after one quarter and after trailing by six at half, tied the game at 29 apiece after three.

In a Class AA pre-quarterfinal, eighth-seeded Frontier fell at home to No. 9 West Seneca West 55-52 on Feb. 20. Seniors Shawn Fisher and Kevin Marcinkowski led Frontier with 19 and 14 points, respectively. Jay Bergmann and AJ Licata each added nine for Frontier, which was unable to beat West for a third time this year.

Elsewhere, Lake Shore completed its season with a 68-58 loss at the hands of host South Park in a Class A-1 quarterfinal. The Eagles led early, scoring 13 straight points in the first quarter to take a 19-15 lead into the second stanza. But South Park’s pressure defense overcame Lake Shore for much of the remainder of the game.

Down 34-31 going into the third, the Eagles turned the ball over 19 times and the Sparks’ lead increased to 13 at the end of the quarter. Lake Shore battled back but was too far down to make up that much ground. Senior Clark Brueckl tallied 29 points in the loss moving him into a tie for 14th on the Lake Shore all-time scoring list. He averaged 18.3 this season.

Completing their careers for the Eagles were seniors Ryan Joslyn, who finished averaging 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds and Connor Govenettio (4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds), along with Dane Cala and Bruce Friedenberg. It’s a group that will stand out in the mind of head coach Dan Gerken.

“This senior class is really what being a student-athlete is all about,” Gerken said. “They played hard at all times and worked together throughout the entire season. I only wish we could have experienced a little more success together ­— they deserved it.”

Gerken noted that the future looks bright for the Eagles with players from a 15-3 junior varsity team moving up to join key returners in juniors Wade Bergum, Matt Vona, Colin Hart and Steve McMehen.

Section VI Boys Playoffs Results

Class B-1 Pre-Quarterfinals (Tues., Feb. 19)

11-Alden 65, 14-Eden 44

Class AA Pre-Quarterfinal (Wed., Feb. 20)

9-W. Seneca West 55, 8-Frontier 52

Class A-1 Quarterfinal (Fri., Feb. 22)

5-Hutch Tech 59, 4-Hamburg 38

Class A-2 Quarterfinal (Fri., Feb. 22)

4-South Park 68, 5-Lake Shore 58

Class D Quarterfinal (Fri., Feb. 22)

5-Ellicottville 42, 4-North Collins 40

Catholic School Playoff Results

Manhattan Cup Play-In Game (Tues., Feb. 19)

8-St. Francis 57, 9-Card. O’Hara 55

Manhattan Cup Quarterfinals (Thur., Feb. 21)

1-Canisius 85, 8-St. Francis 59
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