Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online


February 22, 2012

Cullens leads Lions past Lancaster

Roy-Hart and Sparpoint boys teams bow out of hoops playoffs

LOCKPORT — Lockport senior DiAntre Cullens made the most of his last varsity home game Wednesday night with a game-high 19 points, sparking the No. 7 Lions over No. 10 Lancaster, 73-52, in a Section VI Class AA pre-quarterfinal basketball game.

Next up for the blue and gold (11-8 overall) is a AA quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Friday at No. 2 Niagara Falls (14-4).

Cullens (5 steals, 4 assists) showed great touch on the outside, strong moves to the basket and a solid defensive game, capping his all-around effort with a mile-high, third-quarter slam dunk that symbolized the blue and gold’s dominating effort under head coach Dave Gilson.

“We came out and just did what our coach asked us to do, which was hustle,” Cullens said. “And we hit our open shots. We need to come out Friday the same way that we came out today. We’ll all need to give 110 percent against Niagara Falls.”

Eight different Lions found the scorer’s sheet. Senior center Nick DiMartile canned 12 points, adding seven rebounds and four steals. Senior point guard Shaun “Smiley” Allen had a double-double with 10 points, 10 assists and four steals, while senior forward Ezra Nwachukwu (5 steals, 4 rebounds) added eight points.

Also scoring for the Lions were junior James Chambers (4 points, 3 steals), sharp-shooting sophomore Colin Dougherty (5 points), senior big man Tylor Holtz (4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals), junior forward Khari Demos (4 points, 4 rebounds), sophomore Moziah “Mo” Townsend (4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) and chalking up his first career varsity points, sophomore Charlie Sobieraski added a three-point basket. Also getting in the act, up from the JV, sophomore Danny Bronson earned his first varsity assist.

“It was a neat win for us. It’s a rarity that I can get everybody in the game, so it was nice to see everyone play, especially the guys who came up from the JV,” Gilson said.

“I thought Shaun handled the ball well and Colin looks like he’s gaining confidence. And Moziah did all the little things again that nobody sees.”

Unfamiliarity between the two teams (LHS plays in the Niagara Frontier League and Lancaster in the Erie County Inter-scholastic Conference) may have contributed to a Mr. Clean first quarter that featured no fouls by either team. Cullens drained a tre and Nwachukwu added four points in the stanza as the Lions led 15-13 after one. Another tre by Cullens and one from Dougherty in the second, along with quality play and six points from Allen helped give the hosts a 35-24 lead at halftime.

Seven different Lions scored in a lopsided 21-9 third quarter as Lockport extended its lead to 56-33 after three quarters. Holtz had a strong quarter along with Cullens and DiMartile (4 points each). Cullens’ monster left-handed dunk with three-and-a-half minutes to go in the third, off a steal and pass from Allen, was worth the price of admission on its own.

Head coach John Otto’s Redskins (5-14) out-scored LHS 19-17 in the fourth, but by then the game was already decided. Seniors Danny Emma and Mike Emerson topped Lancaster with 11 points apiece.

“That was the worst first half we’ve played all year,” Otto said. “I thought offensively Emerson and Emma played well and (senior David) Spengler played well defensively.”

Gilson said Friday’s game in the Wolvearena will be a difficult, but familiar one.

“The thing with Niagara Falls is we know exactly what to expect — good defense and they come right after you,” Gilson said.


• Class AA

5-NT 58, 12-W.SenecaW 29

NORTH TONAWANDA — Ryan Bradt scored 19 points to go with seven rebounds and Corey Mis had 17 points to lead the Lumberjacks (13-6 overall).

• Class A-1

6-Hamburg 52, 11-Grand Island 51

HAMBURG — The season ended in the final seconds for head coach Nate Beutel’s Grand Island Vikings.

With the Vikings (4-15 overall) trailing by two points, Quinn Carey knocked down a three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining to put the Vikings up one. But following a timeout and with 1.4 seconds on the clock, Hamburg’s Tom LaPomi gained control of a tipped inbound pass and hit his shot from 17 feet out to win the game for the Bulldogs (10-9).

Carey led the Vikings with 14 points.

5-Hutch-Tech 70, 12-Starpoint 31

BUFFALO — Jovan Dwize had 12 points and Marcos Nelson added 11 more to lead the Engineers (9-5).

Andrew Rankie scored a team-high 11 points for the Spartans, who finished 1-17 overall.

• Class A-2

8-Pioneer 70, 9-Albion 56

ARCADE — Zach Hyman scored nine of his game high 21 points to lead that decisive Pioneer uprising.

Travis Downs scored 14, Nick Santos and Jack Nenni 13 each, Elliott Foos and Tre Allport seven apiece for Albion which finished 8-11.

• Class B-1

6-Depew 60, 11-Medina 49

DEPEW — Lucas Evans poured in a game-high 21 points, including six three’s, to lead the way for Medina which trailed by only seven early in the final period but could get no closer down the stretch.

Jason Hellwig added nine and Danny Brown and Jason Heiligenthaler eight each for the Mustangs, who finish 5-14 overall.

• Class B-2

8-Emerson 54, 9-Roy-Hart 51

BUFFALO — Brad Bobbitt scored 22, including three threes, and Chris Luce added 11 for head coach Mark Rydza’s Rams, who finished their season 7-12.

Roy-Hart led 16-12 after one period but Emerson (12-7) rallied back into leads of 29-22 at the half and 39-31 at the three-quarter mark.

Roy-Hart did outscore Emerson 20-15 down the stretch but the comeback bid fell just short.

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