BUFFALO - Zeddie Williams was a steal away from collecting a quadruple-double Friday night at the Park School Tip-Off Tournament, as Silver Creek (5-0) eased past Tapestry Charter, 87-42.
"I think tonight, defense was pretty key," Silver Creek head coach Rob Genco said. "This was a high-scoring team.
"The kid that Zed guarded was averaging 20 points a game," Genco continued. "When I took Zed out of the game, he had five points. He did a nice job on him (Friday)."
Williams, who was one of five Black Knight players in double-figures, finished with 16 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and nine steals.
"These kids are so unselfish on the court," Genco said. "I respect their game and they're just reacting to coaching awesome. I give them all the credit in the world for being coachable and working together on the court."
The Black Knights jumped out to a 25-7 lead after the first quarter, building their lead to 53-14 at halftime, before outscoring Tapestry Charter 34-28 in the second half.
"It was a very athletic team that we played," Genco said. "And that's the type of team we're going to see down the road if we make a run."
Bill Brooks had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Silver Creek while Stephen Marcey had a game-high 19 points. Also for the Black Knights, Kaine Kettle had 17 points and Brennan White 12.
"Bill Brooks being in the middle really makes a difference," Genco said. "It's nice to have a kid that can track the ball on both (offense and defense)."
Jaquoine Fogan led Tapestry Charter with 10 points while Tong Mawen had nine and Tom Lucas eight.
The Black Knights will be back in action today at 2:30 p.m., to play either Emerson or host Park School, in the championship game.
Ellicottville 47, Forestville 37
ELLICOTTVILLE - The Ellicottville Eagles (2-2) needed a fourth-quarter rally to hold off the Forestville Hornets (2-3) for a 47-37 victory Friday in non-league boys high school basketball action.
Trailing, 18-11 at intermission, the Hornets outscored the home team 23-13 to take a 34-31 advantage. However, the Eagles found their offensive groove in the final quarter and outscored the visitors, 16-3, to escape with the win.
Jake Nosbisch led the Forestville offense with 14 points, four steals and as many assists. Caleb Makuch and Connor Stone combined for 18 rebounds in a losing effort.
The Eagles were led by Phalla Musall's 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Cam Wilson netted 13 points while Alex Steinbroner had nine points and 15 boards in the win.
North Collins 61,
West Valley 37
WEST VALLEY - Jared Keppel had a game-high 34 points and 16 rebounds as North Collins (4-1, 1-0) topped West Valley (0-3, 0-1), 61-37, in the CCAA Division 4 boys basketball opener for both schools.
"We started out slow," North Collins' head coach Rob Catalino said. "I had two kids out sick and another out with a concussion. It was a good win for them. Anytime you can get a win on the road, it's a good thing."
The Eagles outscored the Wildcats 11-8 in the first quarter and 14-7 in the second to build a 25-15 lead at the break. A 23-point third quarter put the game out of reach, before West Valley outscored North Collins, 14-13 over the final eight minutes.
Jared Bauerlein chipped in 14 points in the win while Jordan Keough had eight.
Michael Grigsby led the Wildcats with 16 points in the loss.