A big upset almost marked the quarterfinals of Class AA’s boys basketball playoffs in Section VI on Friday. However, Jamestown showed that it’s not how you advanced to the next round, but if you advanced to the next round.
The Red Raiders, the top seed in Class AA, needed overtime to fend off No. 8 Clarence, 63-57.
The teams were rather even throughout the second half. Clarence held a three-point lead with a minute to go but couldn’t hold it. Then in overtime, Jamestown opened with six straight points, and that proved decisive.
James Rojas had 42 points for the Red Raiders, including two clutch free throws to tie the game with 13 seconds left. River Reinhardt led Clarence with 17 points. Jamestown takes on Niagara Falls next. The Wolverines edged Lockport, 48-45.
Elsewhere in Class AA, Kenmore West cruised to a 73-54 win over Williamsville North. Tal James had 23 points for the Blue Devils. They will play Lancaster next. The Legends started quickly and beat Orchard Park, 81-55. Noah Speyer’s 20 points led Lancaster.
Williamsville South, ranked first among large schools in the area, reached the semifinals with a 76-43 win over Hamburg. McKinley is next. The Macks had a good game with West Seneca East but came away with a 62-55 win. No. 2 North Tonawanda took care of business with a 72-47 win over West Seneca West. Trevor Book had 16 points for the Lumberjacks. Grand Island, the No. 3 seed, now plays North Tonawanda after a 45-40 win over Sweet Home.
No. 1 Amherst advanced with a 60-47 win over Starpoint. Da Shawn Hines had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Tigers. Waiting is Olean, which ran away from Maryvale in a 70-36 win. Tristen Snyder had 20 points for the Huskies. South Park used a 35-point second quarter to beat Lake Shore, 75-57. Shakur Harris led the Sparks with 18 points; they play Cheektowaga in the semifinals.
Newfane’s Max Weber had a big night in leading the Mustangs to a 78-53 win over Depew. Weber finished with 33 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. No. 2 MST Seneca is next, as the Indians beat Fredonia, 52-39. Earl Howard scored 17 points. MST lost to Newfane earlier in the year. In the other side of the bracket, top-seeded East Aurora moved along with a 47-34 win over Burgard. The Blue Devils take on Dunkirk next. The No. 5 team notched a 69-49 win over No. 4 Springville.
Johnny Salone had 23 points as top-seeded Medina advanced with a 69-48 win over Gowanda. Health Sciences awaits after a 70-54 win over Middle Early College. Lackawanna downed Wilson, 69-45. Haris Bekric scored 20 points for the Steelers. Olmsted’s Daniel Reid scored a career-high 41 points to lead the Owls to a 67-53 win over Lafayette. Carlos Rose had 26 for the Violets.
No. 1 Devin Pope had 20 points for Chautauqua Lake in a 73-54 win over Cassadaga Valley. The Thunderbirds now play Allegany-Limestone, 57-38 winners over Salamanca. Cleveland Hill slipped past WNY Maritime, 67-52, with Paul Woodward scoring 19 for the Eagles. Portville awaits after a 66-60 upset of No. 3 Tapestry. KeSean Weston had 22 points for the Panthers.
Randolph, the top seed, crushed Westfield, 70-25, to advance. Jake Beaver had 21 points for the Cardinals. Next is Frewsburg, 49-47 winners over Maple Grove. Cordell O’Brien had 28 points for the Bears. No. 2 East hammered Global Concepts, 81-57, as Willard Anderson scored 29 points and Jahahd Maryon added 21. The Panthers play Barker - 58-51 winners over Holland.
Darren Clark had 30 points in Franklinville’s 68-49 win over Pine Valley. The Panthers play Ellicottville next. Sherman crushed Forestville, 57-22, led by Chris Robson’s 25 points. The Wildcats next play No. 1 Clymer.