By Indrek Kongats

The 13-2 ECS boys Varsity basketball team is sitting alone in 1st place at the top of Class D Section standings, and with just four games left in regular season play. March Madness is just one month away and the excitement and anticipation is growing.

The 11-4 Franklinville Panthers are the only real threat to the Eagles as they sit just back in third place. They will play each other at ECS on Monday, Feb. 6; game time is at 7:30 p.m.— don’t miss this one!

Ellicottville’s 6’5” junior No. 42 Elliot Bowen is averaging 22.4 points per game and an amazing 15.5 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. Franklinville’s 6’4” junior No. 14 Ben Erickson is averaging 23.5 points per game and 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

In their previous match-up back on Jan. 4, on the Panthers’ home court, the Eagles squeaked out a one point victory 53-52 with both players, Bowen and Erickson, scoring 21 points each.

Class D Boys Varsity Section VI Standings (based on total section points):


The Lady Eagles are sitting in 3rd place in Section 6 Class D Standings behind 1st place Franklinville and 2nd place Panama. Although Ellicottville has a 15-1 overall record, the best in the league, they have fewer sectional points. Strength of schedule is determined from total sectional points, so wins against opponents with high sectional rankings earn the winning team more points. This is normally accomplished by playing teams in higher class levels.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the ladies travel to 1st place Franklinville for a much-anticipated rematch of their earlier meeting were the Panthers upset the Eagles by a score of 34-50. Ellicottville’s senior No. 32 Marrissa Hamilton, who normally averages 19.25 and eight rebounds per game, managed only 12 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Franklinville’s freshman No. 22 Danielle Haskell, who averages 24 points per game and two rebounds, will be the one to stop next Tuesday night.

The Lady Eagles play North Collins Friday, Feb. 3 at home and with a win, will take a  seven-game winning streak and lots of momentum into the Franklinville contest. The Lady Panthers from Franklinville have tons of momentum of their own, bringing in a nine-game winning streak. When these two teams collide, expect some spectacular fireworks!

Class D Girls Varsity Section VI Standings (based on total section points):


St. Bonaventure Basketball

In Division I NCAA college basketball, St. Bonaventure University men’s team came off a loss to Rhode Island last weekend so they are 13-7 overall and 5-3 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. They will play at home for two straight games starting this Saturday, Feb. 4 against 3rd place VCU and then again on Wednesday, Feb. 8 against last place Saint Louis University. The Bonnies are currently in 5th place.

The Lady Bonnies split games last week winning against Davidson, home of Steph Curry, 70-51 but then losing to Saint Joseph’s 53-70. Against Davidson, Randolph native Mckenna Maycock had 13 points and six rebounds and against Saint Joseph’s, she contributed 14 points, two good personal performances for Maycock.

The ladies play at home on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. against 5th place La Salle. The Bonnies are 9-13 overall and 4-6 in conference play and sit in 11th place.

Player development tip of the week focuses on diet to get the highest level of performance out of your body come game time. Start the night before a game and load up with carbohydrates. Spaghetti and meatballs is a traditional day before a game meal that gets your body fueled up and ready; carbohydrates kick in 12-24 hours after consumption. The day of a game, focus on protein or consuming an easily digestible meal 3-4 hours before the actual game time. The traditional meal of steak and baked potatoes works, but salads topped with grilled chicken are great as well. Stay away from fried food, breads and sweets before games, as they will just slow you down.