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Kenmore East 69, Cardinal O'Hara 53
The Kenmore East boys basketball team went into Thursday night's game with Cardinal O'Hara desperate for a win from the opening possession. The Bulldogs opened with a 12-0 run andnever looked back, besting O'Hara 69-53.
Bulldogs forward Deion Brown went off, scoring 28 points including six 3-pointers.
"All my shots were falling. It was easy," Brown said. "I came down the court and they just kept going down, so I kept pulling and shooting. ... It feels great to get the first win. The locker room was rocking after the game."
Ken East has played in several tight games early this season and coach Jay Robbins said it was nice to get a win, even though the team was outscored 38-36 in the second half.
"We got out to a good start and made our shots. When you get that far ahead early it makes things that much easier on you," he said. "I wasn't very happy with the second half. With that being said though, it sure is better to win instead of losing again."
The Bulldogs had three players in double figures and nine players scored at least a basket in the win. Pat Schroeder scored 14 points and Michael Crawford added 10.
Donel Cathcart led a second-half rally for O'Hara, scoring 15 of his team-high 17 points in the final 16 minutes. Keith Carter scored 14 and Zack Glowacki totalled 10 in the loss for the Hawks.
The Bulldogs will host the cross-town rival Blue Devils at 6:30 tonight in the championship game of the Ken-Ton tournament. The teams will square off three times this season, with two NFL league games still to come.Contact Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.