Liverpool, Jamesville-DeWitt boys headline Sunday's Sectional Championship winners
Sunday featured a variety of Section III High School Basketball Championship games between Allyn Hall and the SRC Arena on the campus of Onondaga Community College.
Liverpool and Henninger met in the marquee matchup in the final game of the day, as the Warriors and Black Knights entered as a pair of unlikely competitors for the Section Title.
The Warriors took down No. 1 Bishop Ludden, while the Black Knights knocked off No. 2 West Genesee to earn the chance to play for the championship.
However, Liverpool proved to be too much. Behind Cooper Chaffee's game-high 21 points, the Warriors cruised to the 73-51 win.
Class AA Sectional Championship (Boys):
(6) Henninger 51
(4) Liverpool 73
Jamesville-DeWitt and Syracuse Academy of Science met in the Class A Championship Game. The Atoms dropped the Red Rams in their only meeting during the regular season.
It seemed as though the Red Rams remembered that loss in January, as Buddy Boeheim poured in a game-high 28 points en route to the 87-71 win.
Class A Sectional Championship (Boys):
(5) Syracuse Academy of Science 71
(2) Jamesville-DeWitt 87
In the Class B Championship, No. 1 Westhill continued its dominance across the league. The Warriors met No. 2 Chittenango for the third time this year, as they defeated the Bears in both regular season matchups.
This time around, it was much more of the same. Westhill got 26 points out of junior guard Sean Dadey, leading to the 67-41 victory.
Class B Sectional Championship (Boys):
(2) Chittenango 41
(1) Westhill 67
No. 3 Tully took on No. 1 Cooperstown in the Class C Championship. However, it was the Hawkeyes who pulled away in the end.
Behind junior guard Tyler Bertram's game-high 39 points, Cooperstown managed to edge out the Black Knights, 73-62. Meanwhile, Tully's Jason Phelps dropped 32 points in the loss.
Class C Sectional Championship (Boys):
(3) Tully 62
(1) Cooperstown 73
Class D Sectional Championship (Boys):
(2) McGraw 41
(1) Madison 71
On the girls side, Bishop Ludden took its No. 1 seeding in Class B into Sunday's showdown with Bishop Grimes.
In the end, it was the Gaelic Knights flexing their muscle in the 56-26 win. Ludden's Danielle Rauch scored a game-high 15 points in the win.
Class B Sectional Championship (Girls):
(2) Bishop Grimes 26
(1) Bishop Ludden 56
In perhaps the best game of the day, No. 3 Syracuse Academy of Science met No. 1 Thousand Islands from inside Allyn Hall at OCC.
The Atoms started slow, but slowly began to build a comeback. Junior guard Lyrik Jackson scored a game-high 24 points, but the Vikings were able to edge out the Atoms in triple overtime, 54-52.
S.A.S. seemed to have the game locked up towards the end of the second overtime, but Jackson was whistled for signaling for a timeout on the inbounds pass when the Atoms did not have any. After a lengthy discussion between the referees, it was decided that she gestured for a timeout, which is a technical foul. Therefore, Thousand Islands was able to hit on another free throw to tie the game and force a third overtime.
In the third overtime, Thousand Islands were able to outlast Syracuse Academy of Science in dramatic fashion.
Class C Sectional Championship (Girls):
(3) Syracuse Academy of Science 52
(1) Thousand Islands 54 - 3OT
Class D Sectional Championship (Girls):
(7) Sackets Harbor 48
(4) Watertown IHC 52