Lew-Port falls to Warriors in quarterfinals

Dominick Welch on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Dominick Welch on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Lew-Port held their own for a good portion of the first quarter of Friday night’s Section 6 Quarterfinals game against Cheektowaga – but the Warriors took control in the second quarter and didn’t give it back.

The Warriors put up a double digit lead towards the end of the second quarter sending Lew-Port to the locker room facing a 30-point deficit.

“Coach Bradshaw, he works those kids and those kids work hard and he flat out said he doesn’t have that Jackson like he had last year.  It’s tough because you don’t have that guy you can go to,” said Warriors’ Basketball Coach Patrick Cullinan.

“The last month our defense has been great.  We’ve been playing hard nose man-to-man defense and getting up on guys and trying to stop them and making everything that you get, you have to earn,” added Cullinan.

Lew-Port could only put up another 20 points in the second half – but it wasn’t enough – the Warriors sealed the deal with another 37 points.  The final score was 83-36.

Welch closing in on record

The Quarterfinals wasn’t the only thing on everyone’s mind Friday night.  Cheektowaga senior Dominick Welch was just 49 points away from breaking the all-time score record held by Burgard’s Ritchie Campbell.

Dominick Welch on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Dominick Welch on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

“Everyone in the crowd, that’s what everyone came here to see.  They all come out to see me play.  They all want me to go and get it.  It’s kind of a little pressure.  The whole year, the teams are trying to hold me down from getting it.  I feel like I have a target on my back every time I come out here,” said Welch.

Welch was able to close the gap on Campbell Friday night.  He’s just 25 points away.

“We’re just sharing the ball, that’s what we do.  We don’t play selfish.  Everyone wants to get the ball.  Everybody wants to score.  I’m not looking to score every time.  I had a lot of assists and that’s what I want to do,”

Coach Cullinan says that’s been Welch’s approach the whole season.  If it happens, it happens.

“He’s not going to go out there and go bananas and do something that he’s not accustom to.  He’s just going to go out there and play his game and if he scores 50 than he scores 50. If he scores 25, has 15 plus rebounds, 8 assists and five blocks, and we win, he’s happy,” said Cullinan.

The Warriors go to the semi-finals next week at Buffalo State College.