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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Park [11] 25-5 110 2 2. Canisius 23-3 96 1 3. West Seneca West (A-1) 24-1 85 5 4. Niagara Falls* (AA) 19-5 72 4 4. Williamsville South* (A-1) 19-4 72 3 6. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 19-6 54 6 7. South Park (A-2) 14-10 45 NR 8. Willia…

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BINGHAMTON – Kameron Briggs thought it would be Health Sciences night. It could have been considering the resolve the Falcons showed in rallying from an 11-point deficit through three quarters to take a lead late against Binghamton Seton Catholic. Health Sciences lost its grip down at key times. The turnovers that first got the Falcons into a pickle ultimately preven…

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Who: VI-Health Sciences Falcons (21-4) vs. IV-Seton Catholic Saints (22-2). What: New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Tournament final four. When: 5 p.m. Friday at Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena in Binghamton. NYS Sportswriters Rankings: Health Sciences is ranked No. 2 in the state. Seton Catholic of Binghamton is ranked No. 3. How they got …

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Starling Bryant has never been to Binghamton. He hears Floyd L. Maines Arena is a fine place for a boys basketball game. Of course, if one happens to be a coach of a high school team that is just two wins away from winning a New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship it doesn't really matter where the games are being played so long as your team…

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The beauty in Health Sciences' Far West Regional boys basketball triumph on Saturday can be found in one gigantic fact. The Falcons achieved their season-long objective of returning to the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association final four. It doesn't matter they did it by winning a game that was rather ugly on the eyes. Health Sciences earned the rig…

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It's that glorious time of the year where the teams at Far West Regionals battle for victories and the right to head to Binghamton to play for the ultimate prize in New York State public high schools boys basketball. It's also the joyous time where the Manhattan Cup champions are one win away from earning state titles and advancing to the Federation Tournament of Champi…

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Health Sciences boys basketball coach Ty Parker learns something about his team every game. The wins are nice confidence-boosters, but the losses in particular have shown Parker that he can’t have his team play its preferred brand of full-court pressure for an entire 32 minutes. The reasoning is simple: Parker needs his top players on the court instead of on the benc…

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Barbara Anastasia is still the good luck charm of the Olean boys basketball team even though she's only with them in spirit. The Huskies, who have dedicated their season to their coach's late wife, are once again Section VI boys basketball champions. They hope to win more games for Barbara. Olean, the News' second-ranked small school, relied on its signature tough de…

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Health Sciences did it again. Behind strong performances from Tennessee-bound product Davonte Gaines and Kameron Briggs, the Falcons captured their second straight Section VI Class B-2 championship with a 67-35 victory over John F. Kennedy on Saturday afternoon at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. Gaines scored 13 of his game-high 26 points during the opening eight min…

The No. 1 and No. 3 teams in the News’ small school rankings met Monday night at Buffalo State with more than a spot in the Section VI Class B-2 final on the line. “It’s kind of personal,” Health Sciences standout Davonte Gaines said of the matchup with Middle Early College. “We’re all friends. We hang out every day. So it was more about bragging rights.” Turning up the …

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Boys Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Canisius [9] 23-2 90 1 2. Park 20-5 81 2 3. Williamsville South (A-1) 18-3 70 3 4. Niagara Falls (AA) 17-4 59 4 5. West Seneca West (A-1) 21-0 57 6 6. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 19-6 39 5 7. Williamsville North (AA) 14-7 30 NR 8…

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Boys Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Canisius [10] 22-2 100 1 2. Park 19-5 90 2 3. Williamsville South (A-1) 17-3 77 3 4. Niagara Falls (AA) 16-4 64 4 5. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 19-5 61 5 6. West Seneca West (A-1) 20-0 58 6 7. Lockport (AA) 16-4 37 7 8. St. Fran…

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Ty Parker knows there’s a learning process for players new to the varsity game, especially when it comes to his young Health Sciences boys basketball team. There are three freshmen, two sophomores, three juniors and two seniors in the Falcons’ rotation, and in Parker’s eyes, the only way they’re going to get up to speed is by playing against the best teams the area has …

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Boys Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Park [10] 15-4 100 1 2. Canisius 17-2 89 2 3. Williamsville South (A-1) 13-3 74 5 4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 15-3 65 3 5. Niagara Falls (AA) 14-4 61 4 6. West Seneca West (A-1) 18-0 59 6 7. Lockport (AA) 13-4 40 7 8. St. Fran…

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Chad Andrews' first crack at being the coordinator of a tournament instead of merely covering it takes center stage Saturday at Williamsville South. South serves as the host site for the first Centercourt Classic, named in honor of Andrews' popular View From Centercourt website. "Some of the coolest events we go to in high school basketball are the showcase events wh…