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Class D boys basketball state semifinal: Franklinville vs. VII-Moriah

Who: VI-Franklinville Panthers (20-4) vs. VII-Moriah Vikings (23-1)

What: New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Tournament final four

When: Friday at 10 a.m. at Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena in Binghamton

NYS Sportswriters Rankings: Moriah is ranked No. 1 in the state. Franklinville is ranked No. 2.

How they got here: Franklinville, which won its first sectional title since 1992, advanced to its first state semifinal in 39 years by defeating Section V champion C.G. Finney, 63-40, in last Saturday's Far West Regional at Genesee Community College.

Unselfish team play by the Panthers overwhelmed a Finney team that has won this tournament twice in its history. Franklinville, which never trailed, earned assists on 15 of its 24 field goals and had four players score in double-figures led by Sam Erickson's 19 points.

Moriah, which rallied in last year's semifinals from a double-digit deficit in the second half to defeat another Section VI team – Panama – before losing in the final, advanced to its fourth straight final four by crushing II-Argyle, 75-51. They Vikings made it look easy, shooting 61 percent from the floor while limiting its foe, which featured Section II's all-time scoring leader, to 30 percent shooting.

Franklinville key players: Junior Sam Erickson, 6-4 (20.4 ppg., 10.2 rpg.), junior Brock Blecha, 6-1 (9.8, 6.6), junior Isaac Kopp, 6-3 (14.2 ppg., 2.8 assists), junior Darren Clark, 6-1 (11.9 ppg., 5.3 assists), junior Dylan Burton, 6-0 (5.0 ppg.).

Moriah scouting report: Six-foot-1 Junior Dylan Trombley leads the Vikings in scoring (19.3) and rebounding (6-8), as he fell two assists shy of a triple-double in the regional win, which included 20 points and 16 rebounds. Classmate Joey Stahl (17.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) added 13 points last week.

Next: The winner advances to Saturday afternoon's championship game at 5:15 p.m. against either IV-Newfield or X-Harrisville.

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