Lucas and Morrison lead; East outlasts Niagara Falls

Zion Morrison scored a game-high 25 points as East High held off Niagara Falls in the third annual Bishop Kearney Christmas Showcase. (Photo: Ron Kalasinkas)
Zion Morrison scored a game-high 25 points as East High held off Niagara Falls in the third annual Bishop Kearney Christmas Showcase. (Photo: Ron Kalasinkas)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Windell Lucas and Zion Morrison combined for 44 points, and the East High Eagles held off the Niagara Falls Wolverines, 80-73 in the third annual Bishop Kearney Christmas Showcase, Saturday.

Lucas and Morrison converted nine of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter part of an overall effort which saw the eighth-ranked (NYS Class A) Eagles hit 11 of 16 from the charity stripe in the final stanza.

Niagara Falls pulled within fourth at the end of the third quarter at 61-57 before East’s senior duo put the game out of reach late. Playing with four fouls for much of the fourth quarter, Morrison scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the second half.

Lucas paced East early scoring 16 points in the first half. East led 22-18 after the first quarter and pushed its advantage to eight, 41-33 at half.

Morrison finished with 25. Lucas had 19.

Javar Collier scored 13 points for East. Cypher Campbell-Boller added eight.

Syquan Ralands paced Niagara Falls with 15. Jhamir Isom chipped in with 13. Tazuan Rose had 12.

East improved to 5-2 with the win. The Eagles take on St. Mary’s (Manhasset) on Sunday. A noon tip time is scheduled at Ed Nietopski Gymnasium on the Kearney campus.

St. Mary’s fell to the host, 84-43 on Saturday. Nahziah Carter led five Bishop Kearney Kings in double figures.

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