Hutch-Tech and Bennett had just what they needed down the stretch Wednesday night to forge an all-Yale Cup final in the Section VI Class A-2 boys basketball tournament at Buffalo State College.
Fourth-seeded Hutch-Tech (16-6) got 23 points from Duriel Price in a 52-45 victory over top-seeded Sweet Home (11-11). Antwan Johnson had 21 points and eight steals as seventh-seeded Bennett (13-10) took a 62-56 victory over sixth-seeded McKinley (15-8).
The Engineers and Tigers will meet at 2:45 p.m. Saturday in the BSC Sports Arena to decide the A-2 title. In their only previous meeting, Hutch-Tech took a 52-46 victory on Jan. 29.
Hutch-Tech, playing without suspended head coach David Rappl, scored the final nine points of the game after Sweet Home had taken a 45-43 lead with 3:50 remaining on the last of Reggie Burgin's 17 points.
Price then banked home a three-pointer to give Hutch-Tech the lead for good. Jermaine Day added a foul-line jumper and guard Greg Dean scored his only four points of the night from the free throw line in the last 22 seconds.
Rappl and McKinley coach James Daye were both suspended for two games because they violated Section VI rules by using Buffalo State as a practice site Tuesday. Assistant Nadav Goldschmied coached the Engineers in Rappl's absence and Romeo McKinney piloted the Macks on Wednesday night.
Bryan Boswell, Sweet Home's leading scorer for the season, had 13 points but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter by Price.
In Bennett's win, T.J. Adams, who had 15 points, broke a 54-54 tie on a three-pointer with two minutes remaining and the Tigers never looked back. Brandon Rutledge added a layup with 27 seconds left to put it away. Therron Blackwell's 13 points led McKinley.
Class D semifinal: Matt Erlandson had 20 points as second-seeded Ellicottville (20-2) cruised to a 60-32 win over third-seeded Clymer (12-10) at Jamestown Community College. Brandon Wyatt added 17 points and Brian Bund grabbed 10 rebounds for the Eagles.