By Scott Kindberg
SYRACUSE - When Bryant Fulton of Bishop Timon let fly with a potential game-winning 3-pointer from in front of the Tigers' bench last Saturday night at McElrath Gymnasium, the basketball looked like it was destined for the bottom of the net.
Clymer’s Dan Lictus, left; Jamestown’s Quinn Lee Yaw, center; and Maple Grove’s Will Soffel (12) and Corey Wefing have helped their teams to top-10 rankings in this week’s New York State Sportswriters Association boys basketball polls. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com
P-J photos by Scott Reagle (left) and Scott Kindberg (center and right)
Bishop Timon coach Joe Mihalics thought so.
Jamestown coach Ben Drake and Red Raiders' senior guard Tommy Campion admitted they were prepared to be disappointed.
But the ball hit off the rim and the hosts survived, 54-52, to claim the United Way Tournament championship. The victory improved Jamestown's record to 6-0 and kept them ranked No. 10 in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA rankings this week.
The Red Raiders will try to make it seven straight wins tonight when they take on Edison Tech of Rochester in the first round of the Irondequoit Holiday Tournament. If they do prevail, it will be Drake's 250th career victory.
Several other boys teams remain ranked this week.
Clymer (4-0) moves up one spot to No. 3 and Sherman (4-1) jumps from honorable mention to No. 11 in Class D; and Silver Creek (8-0) and Maple Grove (4-1) remain No. 4 and No. 6 respectively in Class C.
Other ranked Western New York boys teams are: Niagara Falls (3-1), No. 5 and Williamsville North (5-0), No. 25 in Class AA; Canisius (3-1), No. 6, St. Joe's (6-1), No. 13, and McKinley (3-1), No. 19 in Class A; Olean (6-0), No. 2 in Class B; and North Collins (6-1), No. 14 in Class D. Portville (6-1) is honorable mention in Class C.