Black?Knights advance to tourney title game

BUFFALO – Billy Brooks shined once again as he was one block away from a quadrupole-double in leading the Silver Creek Black Knights to a 74-66 victory over Buffalo Performing Arts on Friday in the opening game of the Park School boys high school basketball tournament.

Brooks scored 23 points, pulled down 16 rebounds, dished out 11 assists and had nine blocked shots for the winners.

“Thats two games in a row he has stepped up big for us,” Silver Creek coach Rob Genco said. “His interior passing is awesome. He set up Frank Wolf. Chance Gates’ points came off feeds from Billy. I’m happy with the way he has played.”

Wolf had a career-night as he scored 19 points – 15 of which came in the critical fourth quarter.

The Knights took a 14-10 lead after the first quarter, and held a slim 31-29 halftime advantage. In the third quarter, Silver Creek outscored Performing Arts, 18-15, for a 49-44 lead. In the fourth quarter, Wolf scored 15 of his team’s 25 points to hold off Performing Arts for the win.

“He is a very, very athletic kid,” Genco said. “He goes 100 mph. He is an awesome defender. We knew he could help us. He is a guy that has been thrown into a role and he took full advantage of it.”

Connor Gates added 12 points for the winners while Chance Gates had nine.

“It’s nice to see with a couple key guys not playing, guys are coming off the bench and getting that experience,” Genco said. “When we need them to step in and play big roles for us, this will be invaluable experience.”

The Black Knights will take on Park School of the Monsenior Martin Association tonight in the championship game.