Roundball Roundup: Sectional Championship Saturday

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Boys Basketball

Class AA Championship

(7) Victor 70, (1) Athena 61

The Victor went 45 years without winning a sectional title before they did it in 2023. They liked it so much, they decided to do it again.

The Blue Devils knocked off undefeated Athena, the top-ranked team in the state, thanks to a dominant fourth quarter.

After trailing 21-16 at the end of the first quarter, the Blue Devils stormed in front to lead 35-28 at the half. Athena led 47-45 at the end of the third quarter before things changed in the fourth.

On the first play of the quarter, Connor Osier turned a loose ball into a bucket and a foul to go up 49-45. When he got up off the floor, he turned towards a Victor player and was issued a technical foul.

The momentum of the game immediately flipped. Osier had to go to the bench with four fouls. Athena standout Khorie Reaves quickly left the game with his fourth and fifth fouls. All that combined to create a 13-0 Victor run that put the game away.

Garrett Clar scored or assisted on all 13 points. He made both technical free throws, sank a floater, made a bucket in transition, dished out an assist on a fast break, sunk two free throws, and then made a three-pointer in less than three minutes of game time.

That run pushed the lead to 58-49 and was too much for Athena to handle. In all, the Blue Devils scored 25 points in the fourth quarter.

Clar was named the tournament’s MVP, scoring 23 points. His teammate Nick Leonard also matched him with 23 points. Cam Ryan and Griffen Hopkins each had ten points.

Osier led the Trojans with 18 points. Zee Johnson had 16 points while Khorie Reaves had 11.

Victor (16-8) will continue their state title defense when they play the Section VI representative in the Class AA Far West Regionals on Saturday, March 9th at 7:45 p.m. at Buffalo State College.

Athena’s season ends with a 23-1 record, their only blemish coming in the championship game.

Class A Championship

(2) Wayne 48, (1) East 42

Wayne survived a furious late rally by East to win their first sectional title since 2021.

The first half was dominated by defense. PJ Ostrowski had 11 points in the first half to give Wayne a 19-14 lead at the break.

Scoring opened up slightly in the third quarter, with Wayne taking a 28-26 lead into the fourth.

Cam Blankenburg opened the quarter with a two-handed dunk, which kickstarted a 10-4 run for Wayne. That gave the two-seed a 38-30 lead with 3:33 remaining in the game.

However, East ramped up their press and forced Wayne into multiple turnovers. Jayden Holmes made a crafty layup to cut the lead to five. With 1:38 to play, Micah Johnson jump-stopped into the lane and converted a three-point play, making it 39-36.

On the ensuing possession, Johnson’s jumper would be no good, but Zymier Jackson muscled the ball away a would-be rebounder. His putback made it 39-38 with 1:22 left in the game.

After Wayne made a free throw, Wayne led 40-38 with 45 seconds to play. Wayne inbounded it to Blankenburg, who went up strong and made it a two-possession game. Stephen Habecker forced a steal on East’s next possession, clinching the game for Wayne.

Blankenburg was named the tournament’s MVP. He had 20 points, 18 in the second half. Ostrowski joined him in double figures with 15 points.

East was led by Zion Parson who had 13 points. Johnson finished with 10 points.

The title is the first since 2021 for Wayne. They also won back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018.

Wayne (22-2) will play the Class A representative from Section VI on Saturday, March 9th at Buffalo State College. The game will start at 2:45 p.m. and Wayne’s opponent will be determined by Section VI’s Class A crossover game.

East’s season ends in the sectional final for the second straight season. Their final record is 18-3.

Class C1 Championship

(1) Lyons 71, (3) Pembroke 54

J.J. Johnson was a man on a mission Saturday afternoon, leading the Lions to back-to-back sectional titles and their fifth brick in the last seven years.

The sophomore big man had 26 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, and two steals as he dominated the game, earning him tournament MVP honors.

The Lions led 19-12 after the first quarter 34-23 at the half. Pembroke’s Jayden Bridge closed the half with a near-half-court heave with that beat the buzzer.

Lyons won the third quarter 14-8 and parlayed their 48-31 lead into a stress-free fourth quarter.

Devyn Williams had 13 points for Lyons, Dezmen Bell, and Mike Briggs made three first-half three-pointers for nine points. Briggs suffered a leg injury in the first half and did not need to test his injury with the Lions up convincingly.

Bridge led the Dragons with 15 points, Tyson Totten had 14, while Avery Ferreira had 10.

Lyons secured their 22nd sectional title, the second-most in Section V history. The Lions advanced to the Far West Regionals in 2023 after winning the Class C3 title.

Lyons (21-2) will play the winner of Byron-Bergen and Notre Dame-Batavia on Wednesday, March 6th for the right to play in the state tournament. The Lions earned a bye in the crossover round based on their regular season record.

Pembroke, who won the Class C2 title in 2023, saw their season end with an 18-5 record.

Class C2 Championship

(1) Byron-Bergen 52, (2) Alexander 46

The Bees pulled away in the fourth quarter to earn their first-ever sectional title in program history.

Braedyn Chambry led Byron-Bergen, scoring 10 of his game-high 24 points in the third quarter. The Bees led 26-20 at the half and were in front 41-37 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Trojans opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run to take a 44-43 lead, but Colin Martin hit a three-pointer with four minutes left to give Byron-Bergen a 46-44 lead that they would not relinquish.

Alexander tied the game on the next possession, but that was the last time they scored. Byron-Bergen made six of their eight free throws in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Not only did Chambry score 24 points, but he also held Alexander standout Dylan Pohl to just two points. Chambry was named the tournament’s MVP.

Martin finished with 14 points. Brody Baubie and Brendan Pimm each had six points.

Kingston Woods led the Trojans with 22 points while Trenton Woods had 14.

Not only was the win historic as the team’s first sectional title, Bees head coach Roxanne Noeth also became the first woman to lead a boys team to a Section V title.

“I think it probably means a lot to other people more than it means to me because I just consider myself a basketball coach,” said Noeth. “I know that I see people around town and little girls are really excited about it. We have a teacher at school and her daughter was really excited when we beat York the other night.”

Noeth also was a player on the only other Byron-Bergen basketball title when the girls team won a sectional title in 1984.

“It’s cool. I’m just happy we won. It’s amazing,” she added. “It’s really cool to break barriers like that. It’s just proof that you can do whatever you want.”

Byron-Bergen (19-4) will head to the Class C crossover round which will determine the Section V state representative. Byron-Bergen will play Notre Dame-Batavia on Monday, March 4th with the winner taking on Lyons on Wednesday, March 6th. The two teams met on January 22nd with the Fighting Irish winning 62-58. The Lions earned a bye in the crossover round based on sectional points.

Alexander’s season ends with a 19-5 record.

Class C3 Championship

(4) Notre Dame-Batavia 70, (3) Arkport-Canaseraga 51

After falling in the Class D1 championship game last year, the Fighting Irish earned their 11th-ever sectional title with a convincing victory.

Jaden Sherwood led Notre Dame-Batavia with 29 points and was named the game’s MVP.

The Fighting Irish got out to a fast start, leading 19-9 after the first quarter. They extended their lead to 33-20 at the half. The Wolves climbed back into the game by scoring 18 points in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 46-38 heading to the fourth. But Notre Dame freshman Chase Antinore scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.

Jay Antinore scored 10 points to join Sherwood and Chase Antinore in double figures.

Senior Tim Vilkhu led the Wolves with 15 points. Ibra Ford had 12 points while Cadey Carey had 11 as the Wolves came up just short in their quest for their first sectional title as a combined program.

The title is the first since 2022 for the Fighting Irish and the fourth since 2012.

Notre Dame-Batavia (19-5) heads to the crossover round to decide which Class C winner will represent Section V in the state tournament. The Fighting Irish will play Byron-Bergen on Monday, March 4th with the winner taking on Lyons on Wednesday, March 6th. The two teams met on January 22nd with the Fighting Irish winning 62-58. The Lions earned a bye in the crossover round based on sectional points.

Arkport-Canaseraga’s season ends with a 17-5 record.

Class D Championship

(1) Avoca/Prattsburgh 50, (7) Elba 37

Avoca/Prattsburgh, winners of the last two state Class D championships, used a strong start to claim their fourth straight sectional title.

A/P scored the first eight points of the game and led 13-2 midway through the first quarter. The Titans led 15-4 after the first quarter, but the Lancers closed the gap, trailing 24-19 at the half.

However, Avoca/Prattsburgh’s championship defense showed up in the third quarter, holding the Lancers to just a single basket and four points in the frame. Avoca/Prattsburgh led 37-23 after the third quarter and sailed to a sectional title from there.

Macoy Putnam led the Titans with 17 points and was named the tournament’s MVP. Jaeden Crowder and Daniel Stilson each had 12 points for A/P.

Angelo Penna led Elba with 15 points, the only Lancer in double figures.

The sectional title is the fourth in a row for Avoca/Prattsburgh as a combined program. It can be argued it’s the fifth straight for the group, as Avoca won the Class D1 title in 2020 while Prattsburgh won the Class D2 crown the same year.

Avoca/Prattsburgh (14-9) will play Pine Valley (VI) in the Far West Regionals on Saturday, March 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Buffalo State College.

Elba’s Cinderella run through the Class D bracket came to an end with their record at 7-16.

Girls Basketball

Class AAA Championship

(6) Fairport 42, (5) Arcadia/Olympia 35

Behind a stifling defense, Fairport grabbed their seventh sectional title in school history. It’s their first since 2010.

It was a low-scoring first half with the Red Raiders holding a 17-11 lead at halftime. Fairport opened it up in the third quarter as they outscored the Lightning by seven points to take a 31-18 into the final quarter. 

Delany McIntyre and Kate Patterson each had a team-high eight points. For the Lightning, Shania Estrich led with 13 points. Maddy Kielkowicz pitched in 12 points and Aimee Turner finished ten points.

Fairport (8-15) will advance to face the Section VI champion, Lancaster, in the Class AAA Far West Regionals on Friday, March 8th.

Arcadia/Olympia ends their season with an 8-15 record.

Class AA Championship

(2) Hilton 38, (1) Victor 33

The Cadets survived arguably the hardest classification in all of New York state en route to their first sectional title since 2011. Hilton has now won three titles in program history.

A staggering five teams from Section V’s Class AA were ranked top 25 in the state entering Saturday night. That’s the highest number of any section in New York state.

The two teams split the season series at one game apiece. The trilogy lived up to the hype and then some. 

The Blue Devils held a 21-16 lead at halftime after clamping down on the defensive end. Hilton rallied in the next eight minutes of play to tie the game at 27 heading into the fourth quarter.

The game was tied at 30 with 3:30 to play when Hilton’s Elena Graziano hit a corner three-pointer to give the Cadets the lead. On the ensuing possession for Victor, Devin Livingston canned a triple of her own to tie the game back up at 30.

It was a defensive struggle down the stretch for both teams as neither could buy a bucket. However, with the game still tied at 33, Leah Thompson scored a bucket underneath to give Hilton the go-ahead score with 35 seconds to play.

Junior star guard Mallory Heise led Hilton with 13 points. Thompson finished with nine points while Ella Clark chipped in seven points.

Livingston led Victor with 11 points. Sophomore guard Rhylin Fehrenbach tallied eight points. 

Hilton (20-4) moves on to the Class AA Far West Regionals where they will take on the Section VI champion on Friday, March 8th at 8:00 p.m. at Finger Lakes Community College.

Victor’s season comes to an end with a 21-2 record.

Class A Championship

(6) Aquinas 43, (1) Sutherland 41

The Li’l Irish withstood a late rally from the Knights to grab their fifth brick in program history.

Sutherland stormed out the gates as they held a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter. Aquinas battled back to make it a two-point after eight minutes of play. 

The Li’l Irish then went on a 11-0 run in the second quarter to get in front and they never gave up the lead the rest of the game. At one point in the third quarter, Aquinas led by 12 points.

However, Sutherland did not lie down. The hungry Knights rallied all the way back to make it a 41-39 game with 2:16 to play in the fourth quarter. 

Aquinas was able to hold serve and stave off a late comeback behind an Ajaya Orr bucket with 1:27 to play. 

Freshman guard Loren Green had a team-high 11 points for the Li’l Irish. Fellow ninth grader Jade Harvey had nine points while Orr had 11 points.

Sutherland’s star freshman Petra Hunt finished with 10 points while Leora Cook led all scorers with 12 points.

Aquinas (19-5) will advance to the Class A Far West Regionals. The Li’l Irish will face the Section VI representative on Saturday, March 9th at Finger Lakes Community College.

Sutherland ends their year with an 18-5 record.

Class B Championship

(1) Hornell 44, (2) Dansville 36

Selena Maldanado’s ten-point fourth quarter helped fuel Hornell to their second straight sectional title. The Red Raiders also took down Dansville in last year’s championship game.

It was a close game through the first three quarters with neither team being able to separate. However, midway through the fourth quarter, Maldanado nailed back-to-back three-pointers to give Hornell a seven-point lead and they never looked back.

Maldanado finished with 25 points, with three makes coming from beyond the arc. Lillian Hoyt added seven points for Hornell. 

For Dansville, Taylor Hamsher and Chelsie Tyler each had ten points. 

Hornell (21-3) will advance to the Class B Far West Regionals which will take place on Saturday, March 9th. 

Dansville ends their season with a 20-4 record.

Class D Championship

(3) Elba 56, (1) C.G. Finney 54

Elba rallied in the second half to grab their 16th sectional title and sixth in the last eight years. 

C.G. Finney outscored the Lancers 12-6 in the second quarter to take a 30-20 lead into the break. Elba clawed away at the deficit in the third quarter to make it a six-point game.

Elba exploded for 20 points in the final frame. Brea Smith’s bucket underneath with 58 seconds remaining proved to be the go-ahead score for the Lancers.

Sydney Reilly led the way for Elba with 23 points while her teammate Lyda Ross tallied 11 points. C.G. Finney’s Kiley Knittle finished with 16 points. 

Elba (20-4) will move on to the Class D Far West Regionals where they will take on the Section VI representative. 

C.G. Finney finished the season with an 18-3 record.

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