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December 28, 2013

Starpoint advances to basketball tourney final

Niagara Gazette — For the first time in at least four years, the Starpoint Spartans won a game in their own boys basketball tournament.

Brock Kroening had 20 points — 10 in the fourth quarter — and eight rebounds, Julian Mott scored 16 points and Christian Nodine added 13 points as the Spartans beat South Park 60-52 Friday night in the annual Pendleton Lions Club Tounament, pushing Starpoint into today’s championship with a chance to win the tournament for the first time in its history.

The win is another step forward for a program that’s seen its share of them this year. The Spartans (3-3) have more wins this season than they did in their past two combined, and the victories have come in large part thanks to a sophomore class that included Kroening, Nodine and Ben Walters (seven points).

“We’re hoping to keep improving and keep getting more consistent play,” Starpoint coach Ben Scaffidi said. “We were ahead (of South Park) almost all night, but we couldn’t shake them. We’d go on a run, then next thing we’d know it’d be a 2- or 3-point game. A lot of that is inexperience. It’s good for the kids to get some wins and see that what we’re doing is pushing them in the right direction.”

Starpoint will play defending champion Medina at 5 p.m. in today’s championship.

Tonawanda 60, Olmstead 41

Tristan Boling scored 32 points and Ben Stich had a double-double, scoring 16 and adding 10 steals for the Warriors (4-4) in the consolation game of the West Seneca West Christmas Tournament. Connor Pumm had a big day on the glass, grabbing 15 rebounds to go with eight points. Stich was voted to the All-Tournament team.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Tonawanda 64, North Tonawanda 19

Allanna Herne scored 18 points for the Warriors (6-1), who advanced to the championship of the Tonawanda Holiday Tournament by topping the Lady Jacks (0-5) for the fourth consecutive season. Tonawanda will take on Amherst in the championship at 7 p.m. tonight.

HOCKEY

St. Joe’s 4, Bishop Guertin 0

James Bassett, Dom Perna, Justin Crawford and Brad Herlan all scored and Peter Chopra earned a 20-save shutout for the Marauders (5-5-0-1), who advanced to the championship of the Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff in Providence, RI. They’ll take on Bishop Hendricken, from Rhode Island, in the final at 6 p.m. tonight.

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