Class D / Sherman Wildcats (21-1) vs. IX-Coleman Catholic Statesmen (16-4) - The Buffalo News

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Class D / Sherman Wildcats (21-1) vs. IX-Coleman Catholic Statesmen (16-4)

What: New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D final four.

Today’s semifinals: Sherman vs. Coleman Catholic, 10 a.m.; III-New York Mills Marauders (21-1) vs. VII-Moriah Vikings (21-2), 11:45 a.m.

Saturday’s final: 5:30 p.m. (broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Ch. 323 and

Where: Glens Falls Civic Center.

New York State Sportswriters Association Class D rankings: 1. New York Mills (last week: 1); 2. Sherman (3); 3. Moriah (5); 4. Coleman Catholic (6).

How they got here: Sherman beat Panama, 67-50, in the Section VI final, then hit 10 three-pointers in the first half as it jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead in last week’s 57-52 Far West Regional win over Batavia Notre Dame. Coleman Catholic beat Eldred, 77-44, for the Section IX title before beating Shelter Island of Section XI (Suffolk County, L.I.) in a regional playoff, 73-46.

Where’s Coleman Catholic? The private school is in Hurley of downstate’s Ulster County, about a mile from Kingston. It is the champion of Section IX, which also includes Orange, Sullivan and part of Dutchess Counties.

Sherman starters and key reserves: 5-9 Sr. Andrew Graham, 6-1 Sr. Ryan Robson, 5-11 Sr. Devin Moorehead, 6-0 Sr. Ryan Myers, 6-2 Jr. Jake Card; 6-3 Jr. Nathan Ottaway; 5-11 Sr. Jordan Boland.

Court vision: For the second straight week, Sherman, the third-smallest boys basketball program in Section VI, plays a private school in what is the state’s smallest classification. Coleman Catholic makes its seventh final four appearance in the last eight years, including runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2011. Coleman’s four losses have come to larger schools (two to A schools, two to B schools). They’re led by 6-3 Sr. forward Dino Celadon (21.3; 1,019 career) and Sr. guard Micah Simmons-Smalls (18 ppg).

Bracketology: Section III (Syracuse area) champion New York Mills, located near Utica, is making its fourth state final four appearance in five years, which included the 2011 state championship; its only loss is to Section IV (Binghamton area) Class B champion Norwich. It plays a Moriah team of Section VII (North Country) in its first final four since 2003.

Coming Saturday: Coverage of Sherman’s semifinal as well as a game-day capsule for AA Jamestown.

At Our #PrepTalkLive blog will have play-by-play coverage of all Glens Falls games; comment in the blog or via Twitter using the hashtag #PrepTalkLive. Photo galleries and a video recap will follow.

– Keith McShea

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