Big-time performances, nailbiting games highlights Section 3 boys basketball championships
It was a busy day in the Carrier Dome for the Section III Boysâ?? Basketball Championships.
The day started with New York Mills winning their sixth consecutive Class D Section III title, blowing out Oriskany 64-37. Nick Comenale led the New York Mills scoring attack with 31 points. Ryan Schmadel led Oriskanyâ??s scoring with 8 points. New York Mills will take on Charlotte Valley on Saturday at 1:45 p.m. in SRC Arena.
The next game would go down to the final seconds as Waterville edged Fabius-Pompey 58-49 in the Class C championship game. Zach Sawyer led Waterville with 21 points and helped seal the victory with a steal in the last minute of play. Stewart Wright led Fabius-Pompey with 18 points while Tristan Rapp chipped in 15 points. Waterville plays Elmira-Notre Dame on Saturday in SRC Arena.
In the Class B championship, Westhill fought for a 63-60 victory over Utica-Notre Dame. Jordan Roland scored 31 points for Westhill in the victory along with 19 points from Tyler Reynolds. Jerome Brabham had 21 points for Utica-Notre Dame and Kevin Warmack had 17 points. Westhill takes on Norwich on Saturday at Binghamton University.
In Class A, the Bishop Ludden Gaelic Knights jumped out to an early lead on Jamesville-Dewitt and never let up on the gas. Seniors Ben Hackett and Kyle Hawk combined for 54 points while Daniel Kaiger posted a double-double with 13 points and an astounding 19 rebounds. The unexpected 76-49 blowout handed Bishop Ludden their third consecutive sectional championship. Ludden plays Massena on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at C-NS.
In Class AA, Utica Proctor's Jâ??Von Evans and Tyvon Reed combined for 62 points but it was Daquan Testamarkâ??s timely block in the final moments of a dead heat with the C-NS Northstars that head coach Mark Joseph called tonightâ??s game-changer. Down by two points with 1:20 left on the clock, C-NSâ?? Troy McIntyre drove in for a layup but was denied by Testamark, who tipped it to Evans. Evans cashed it in for a game-tying lay up and Proctor never looked back and never let the Northstars back in it in their 83-79 Section III Class AA championship win. Proctor will play the winner of Guilderland and Green Tech (Monday) on Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.