What: New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA final four.
Today’s semifinals: Jamestown vs. Union-Endicott, 12:30 p.m.; XI-Brentwood Indians (22-2) vs. II-Green Tech Eagles (16-5), 2 p.m.
Sunday’s final: 3:15 p.m. (broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Ch. 323 and TWCSportsChannel.com.)
Where: Glens Falls Civic Center.
New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA rankings: 1. Cardozo-PSAL (last week: 10); 8. Brentwood (9); 9. Jamestown (14); 11. Green Tech (15); 12. Union-Endicott (Honorable mention).
How they got here: Jamestown beat Clarence, 60-40, for its second straight Section VI title and fourth in five years; it then knocked off favored Section V (Rochester area) champion Greece-Athena in the Far West Regionals, 61-52 thanks in large part to Zack Panebianco’s 34 points. Union-Endicott pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent state tournament history last week when it beat state power Mount Vernon in overtime, 69-66.
Where’s Union-Endicott? The champions of Section IV are about 6 miles west of Binghamton.
Jamestown starters and key reserves: 5-10 Jr. Zack Panebianco, 6-5 Sr. Quinn Lee Yaw, 5-6 So. Zacc Kinsey, 6-4 Jr. Stephen Carlson, 6-0 Jr. Ben Larson 11; 6-1 Sr. Matt Hoaglund, 6-3 Sr. Brian Park, 6-1 Sr. Josh Colwell.
Court vision: Jamestown coach Ben Drake, one of the top coaches in Western New York, has lauded his team for two straight excellent executions of the game plan. The Red Raiders’ performance last week was just that, as they used patient, proper sets to gain a big first quarter lead (20-5), played physical defense, and had Panebianco lead them to the finish (22 points in second half, including 4 for 4 on threes). Union-Endicott stunned the state last week behind 6-foot senior guards C.J. Krowiak (25 points) and Osama Barwari (23). One of Union-Endicott’s losses came to Horseheads, which Jamestown beat in a Binghamton holiday tournament. U-E’s football team lost to Williamsville North in this past fall’s Class A semifinals.
Bracketology: Drake says that the field appears wide open, in contrast to his 2011 team’s visit to Glens Falls, where the Red Raiders beat an undefeated Albany Christian Brothers Academy team in overtime before falling to a Mount Vernon team with three Division I players in the final. High-flying Brentwood of Long Island boasts Oakland University-bound 6-8 Femi Olujobi, while Green Tech, a four-year-old charter school from Albany, is led by guard Jamil Hood Jr. (17.1 ppg), son of the head coach.
Coming Sunday: Coverage of Jamestown’s semifinal and the Class C and B finals .
At BuffaloNews.com: Our #PrepTalkLive blog will have play-by-play coverage of all Section VI games in Glens Falls; comment in the blog or via Twitter using the hashtag #PrepTalkLive. Photo galleries and a video recap will follow.