Flyers win twice prior to meeting Central
Maryvale’s boys basketball team embarked on a new win streak heading into its rematch with crosstown rival Cheektowaga on Monday, knocking off both Lake Shore and Depew to earn its sixth and seventh wins in its last eight games.
Maryvale never trailed against Lake Shore when the teams met Feb. 7 but was also never really able to put the Eagles away, growing its advantage to 23-14 by halftime only to see Lake Shore storm back to within four, 32-28, heading into the final stanza.
The Flyers did gain a bit of separation in the fourth quarter, however, before Lake Shore made it look closer than it actually was with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to close out the game.
Ray Blackwell led the way for Maryvale with 16 points and two rebounds, while Tahron Goudelock added 12 points and five assists. Ted York-Brown contributed 10 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.
Maryvale wasted little time in setting the tone against Depew on Friday, meanwhile, jumping out to an 18-11 first-quarter lead and maintaining that advantage to take a 29-20 lead into the second half. The Flyers were on their game from long range from the get-go as well, knocking down four three-point baskets in the first quarter alone.
The Flyers, who were happy to take advantage of the fact that Depew was without top threat Chad Biersbach, saw six different players enter the scorebook in the third quarter as they used a 19-5 run over the course of the frame to push their advantage to 48-25 at the end of the stanza.
“We just played consistently well throughout the entire game and led them from start to finish,” Maryvale coach Mark Kensy said. “Everybody saw a great deal of time on the floor, and we just played a very good defensive game and it led to a very solid offensive night, as well. We were especially effective defensively in the third quarter; we really limited their shot attempts at that point.”
Blackwell led the way for Maryvale with 18 points, three assists and three steals, while Brian Sullivan added 14 points and three assists. Adam Meyerhofer and York-Brown each chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds, while Dylan Casey contributed six steals, five assists and four rebounds.