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Legends Move Into First Place Tie With Rout Of Jamestown

All season long, the Lancaster High School boys basketball team felt it wasn’t getting enough respect. On Monday night, the Legends went out and earned it.

Lancaster made a big-time statement and moved into a tie for first-place in ECIC I with a dominating 74-46 win over Jamestown in front of a packed and loud home crowd.

“I’ll tell you what,” Lancaster senior forward LG Castillo said, “I believed from the second we stepped on the court back in October that we could beat them by that much. Everything we’ve been through, all the adversity we’ve faced, I’m pretty sure no one else felt we’d be in this position except the people in that locker room tight there. We believed we could do it.”

The Legends (12-7 overall, 10-1 ECIC I) can secure a share of the division championship for the first time since 1995 with a win over 5-12 Frontier on Wednesday night on Senior Night. Lancaster beat the Falcons 78-49 a month ago.

The Red Raiders can claim a share of the ECIC I title for a seventh straight season with a win on Wednesday but Jamestown has a tougher test ahead with a trip to perennial contender Williamsville North.

So while Lancaster is certainly in good shape, the Legends aren’t polishing the trophy just yet.

“We’re not there yet,” Lancaster coach John Otto said. “We have to take care of business on Wednesday and then see what happens with them on Wednesday. But right now, it looks like we’re on a good path.”

It was also a measure of revenge for Lancaster, which lost a tough 56-54 overtime decision at Jamestown last Tuesday. The intense defense that led the Red Raiders last week wasn’t there on Monday.

“The biggest difference I think was the shots they were making,” Jamestown coach Ben Drake said. “We played pretty good defense (in Jamestown). We just had a hard time securing the ball. We started to gable a bit on defense to try to quicken the pace and they did a pretty good job of handling that.”

Lancaster was on fire from the get-go, delighting a loud home crowd with a 9-0 run to start the game. Lancaster built a 15-point halftime lead and did not allow Jamestown within single-digits in the second half.

“Otto just really brought the energy to us, that’s really all I have to say,” senior guard Vito Fulciniti said. “He told us to go out and play Legend basketball. I think that’s what we did. I don’t think anyone thought we were going to beat them at all, to be honest.”

Fulciniti scored 19 points to lead a balanced Lancaster attack. Castillo added 17, Alec Tamburri and Noah Speyer contributed nine apiece, Connor Duck scored eight points and Collin Reformat chipped in with six.

“That was above and beyond what we expected,” Otto said. “There was a lot on the line, obviously. We went down there and didn’t play as well as we could have and then we went to Will North and didn’t play as well as we could have there – probably because we were looking forward to this. Tonight, we put it all together. Just a great, great team win.”

James Rojas scored a game-high 21 for Jamestown but sat the last six minutes after picking up a technical foul. Ryan Holdridge added 11 for the Red Raiders (12-6, 10-1 ECIC I).

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