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Jamestown Completes Sweep Of Orchard Park

ORCHARD PARK — Jamestown junior Andre Maple hasn’t had a ton of playing time so far this season, but he sure made the most of his opportunity Tuesday night.

Called into action because of foul trouble and the absence of injured starter Demarri Jones, Maple scored all 8 his points in the fourth quarter to help the Red Raiders hold off Orchard Park, 58-50, in an Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 basketball game.

The victory raised Jamestown’s record to 8-1 overall and 7-0 in the division heading into Thursday’s road game against Williamsville North. If the Red Raiders hope to continue to string wins together in search of the top seed in the Section VI Class AA playoffs, they’ll need contributions from everyone.

Last night it was Maple’s turn.

“He was the difference maker in the fourth quarter,” Jamestown coach Ben Drake said.

First, with Jamestown leading by only four points, Maple nailed a 3-pointer followed by another shot from distance about two minutes later. Then, inside the final 30 seconds, he made a steal that led to his layup, pushing Jamestown’s lead to 56-50.

“Andre made some very timely plays for us tonight,” Drake said. “Both of his 3s (were huge). We were up 10, Orchard Park scored three straight hoops, and had the ball when we were up four, but Andre picked a guy’s pocket and scored at the other end to seal it for us.”

Armed with a six-point lead, Elijah Rojas (13 points) and Jaylen Butera (17 points) each hit a free throw in the final moments to eliminate all doubt and secure a season sweep of the Quakers, who lost at Jamestown, 60-47, three weeks ago,

The Red Raiders trailed 10-0 to start the game, but led, 25-21, at halftime and, 38-37, heading into the final period. Then, Maple came up big in the fourth quarter with some help from Butera, who added 5 of his game-high 17.

“It’s just about finding the right spots and Jaylen has found his niche, being at the right place and finding those opportunities,” Drake said. “He did most of his damage in the high post against their zone, and he made some nice plays going to the hoop.”

Kagan Mancabelli paced Orchard Park (1-5, 1-5) with 14 points, and Seth Joba and Parker Rey each had 12.

NOTES: Darius Freeney scored 25 points to lead Jamestown (5-1) to a 68-41 over Orchard Park in the junior varsity game.

JAMESTOWN (58)

Rojas 5 3 13, Drake 3 0 8, Brumagin 0 0 0, Leeper 3 0 6, Butera 7 3 17, Maple 3 0 8, Farmer 2 2 6. Totals 23 8 58.

ORCHARD PARK (50)

Liberatore 2 1 5, Kirk 2 1 7, Mancabelli 6 2 14, Joba 5 2 12, Rey 5 2 12. Totals 20 8 50.

3-point goals–Drake 2, Maple 2, Kirk 2.

Jamestown 8 17 13 20 — 58

Orchard Park 15 6 16 13 — 50

Jayves: Jamestown 68, Orchard Park 41.

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