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Boys basketball state semifinals at a glance

Friday’s games

Class D: Panama (22-2) vs. VII- Moriah (25-0), 10 a.m.: Will David beat Goliath, again? Moriah is big and athletic as its shortest starter is 6-foot-3. Panama, which will need to slow the pace and play disciplined in the half-court, has just two standing 6-foot or taller in its starting lineup. Still, Panthers have four players averaging at least 12 ppg or better led by Chris Blose (16.6) and Josh Eddy (14.7). Winner plays in Saturday’s final at 5:30 p.m. against I-Clark Academy or III-Oriskany.

Class C: Middle Early College (18-7) vs. VII-AuSable Valley (20-3), 1:30 p.m.: Kobe Parrow averages 17 ppg for the Patriots from Section VII, but they are not a one-man show. They’re unselfish and receive balanced scoring and play a disciplined game. Middle College enters the game quite confident based on the tough schedule it played and the fact it has two potential game changers (Gary Foster and JoJo Staton) and another player (Billy Rivera) averaging double figures. Winner advances to final at 7:15 p.m. Saturday against IV-Moravia or I-Haldane.

Class B: Olean (25-0) vs. II-Hudson (25-2), 6:15 p.m.: Olean needs to feast off its strong post players Ben Eckstrom (16.0) and Elijah Ramadhan (15.3) and figure out a way to slow down Hudson. Coach Jeff Anastasia says his team loves getting after it on defense. This will be the Huskies’ biggest test. Winner earns spot in Saturday’s 9 p.m. title game against III-Bishop Grimes or IX-Marlboro Central.


Class A: Williamsville South (22-3) vs. II-Troy (14-5), 9 a.m.: Billies will have a chance to look around arena before opening a long day of action against the Flying Horses of Troy. Those wondering about Williamsville South’s final four resume: The Billies’ three losses have come against state Catholic Class A finalist Canisius, state Class AA semifinalist Aquinas and Chaminade, which lost St. Anthony’s in the CHSAA semifinals. Winner advances to 1:30 p.m. Sunday final against VIII-Elmont Memorial or I-Byram Hills.

– Miguel Rodriguez

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