Team of the Week: Northstar Christian Knights

Sean Smith scored 20 points in Friday’s victory at Lyons. (PHOTO: RON KALASINKAS)

By JOHN LIKANJE

Despite the loss of Section V’s all-time leading scorer, Miles Brown, Northstar Christian has raced out to seven wins in its first eight games. Not only did the Knights tally a pair of road victories, they had to travel long distances to do so. On Thursday afternoon, JJ Garwood’s squad drove an hour west to West Seneca East High School and pulled out a 54-51 win. Andrew Newcombe and Sean Smith led with 15 points apiece. Newcombe hauled down 15 boards as well. On Friday night, Northstar Christian traveled another hour east to Lyons High School and handed the Lions their first setback of the season. Sophomore Ryan Garwood scored 12 of the Knights’ 14 first-quarter points en route to a game-high 24. Sean Smith netted 20 points – all of which came after the opening period – and Andrew Newcombe pitched in 12. Through eight games, Northstar Christian is averaging 73.4 points per game and holding the opposition to 59.5. This upcoming week, the Knights have a clash with divisional rival, Charles G. Finney. Tip off is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Northstar Christian Academy.

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Despite losing in the first round of its home tournament, Honeoye Falls-Lima defeated East Rochester (72-44) in the consolation game and took down Brighton (62-44) at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland. LeRoy beat Roy-Hart (VI), 66-52, in the Batavia Lions Club Tournament on Monday. The Oatkan Knights continued by defending home court in back-to-back games against Rochester Prep (51-46) and Palmyra-Macedon (60-45). McQuaid bounced back with a pair of wins in Elmira against Section IV opponents, Elmira City (82-28) and Horseheads (72-27). The Knights surged past Bishop Kearney for their third straight victory.

KEY MATCHUPS TO WATCH OUT FOR THIS WEEK

Here are some marquee matchups between the top teams in Section V this upcoming week:

Victor (7-0) vs. Hilton (6-1) – The Victor Blue Devils have won six of their first seven games by double-digits, including three straight by at least 29 points. The Hilton Cadets have won five straight, averaging 71.2 points over that span. Game is scheduled for Friday at 7:15 p.m. at Hilton High School.

Aquinas (5-4) vs. Leadership Academy (8-1) – This will be a rematch of the championship of the Mike Dianetti Memorial Tournament in which Aquinas won on a Myles Blackwood buzzer-beater. The L’il Irish continued their winning ways with a 82-54 victory over Edison Tech, Friday night. This will be Leadership Academy’s first game since the setback. Tip off is scheduled for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Leadership Academy.

Hornell (7-1) vs. Caledonia-Mumford (8-1) – Hornell has five double-digit victories. The Red Raiders are scoring 59.5 points and holding opponents to 45.5 as well. Caledonia-Mumford is averaging 70.0 points and allowing 49.1 during its eight-game winning streak. Game is scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Caledonia-Mumford High School.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

RJ Wilkins caps a furious Penfield comeback with a buzzer-beating three-pointer at Wayne.

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