The first upset of the Section VI boys basketball playoffs belongs to Depew. The Wildcats knocked off No. 2 Dunkirk, 70-55, in overtime of a Class B-1 quarterfinal played at Silver Creek. The Marauders entered the game winners of 16 of 18 with their only losses coming to CCAA I champion Olean.
With nine seconds left in regulation Jon Gemerek hit a three-pointer to tie the game. Dunkirk missed a jumper in the lane with three seconds left.
While the teams played even in regulation, the overtime belonged to Depew as it went on a 15-0 run, eventually outscoring Dunkirk, 17-2.
"That was a matter of us hitting a couple big shots [Aaron Ertel had back-to-back three-pointers], and at the other end we gave them one look, they didn't get any easy looks, and then they had to start fouling," said Depew coach Larry Jones. "They wanted to play a lot faster tempo. This is a team that scored 104 points in its last game. I thought we played a lot better defensively as the game went on."
Jones was also happy with how his defense played 6-foot-2 standout guard Kevin Holmes, holding him to four points. Gemerek finished with 21 points and Ertel added 18. Jaden Cotton grabbed 14 rebounds to go with 13 points. Depew (14-6) plays Tonawanda on Monday in the semifinals at Buffalo State.
Class AA: Matthew Taylor had 18 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and six blocks as Frontier beat visiting North Tonawanda, 63-48. Frontier was up by eight points going into the fourth quarter and held the Jacks to seven points in the fourth. Alex Warren had 14 points, including two big three-pointers, in the fourth quarter.
Class A-2: A big second half from Derek Clyburn and Ernie Vann helped Cheektowaga beat Bennett, 73-64, in a Class A-2 quarterfinal. Clyburn netted 17 of his 25 points in the second half while Vann scored 12 of his 14 points, including three three-pointers.
Class B-2: CSAT (11-8) beat fellow Niagara-Orleans league member Akron, 48-41, before an estimated 350 at Kenmore West. It was the Eagles' third win this year over the Tigers (12-9). Junior Darnell Carson scored 16 points
Akron had a 21-20 lead at the half before CSAT's spurt.
"We played hard out there. We played with intensity," said Carson, who was a handful to handle on offense as he penetrated the lane to create for teammates many times. "We kind of had our heads down [at half]. We came out with aggression and we were able to pull out the win."
Desmond Lamar added 10 points while fellow seniors Justin Black and Paul Locke each added eight for CSAT.
Austin Mietz led Akron with 14 points.
Also in Class B-2, Miles Barker and Daryl Spencer had 15 points each as Cleveland Hill eliminated Emerson, 63-40. Spencer also had 15 rebounds as the Eagles, 15-2, advanced to play CSAT on Monday in the semifinals.
Daquawn Griggs had 23 points and six steals as East advanced with a 57-52 win over Newfane in a Class B-1 quarter. Rashaan Brown added 10 points and 17 rebounds as East held Newfane to just two points in the first quarter.
Class C-1: Jordan Farrant had 21 points and 11 boards as Holland got past Barker, 50-44.
Class C-2: Aaron Frasier had 27 points, 13 rebounds and six assists and Marquis Shaw had 12 rebounds as MST Seneca beat Randolph, 62-56.
Maple Grove rallied from a six-point deficit with 1:21 left to beat I-Prep Grover, 54-53. Aaron Germain had three of his seven steals during the rally. Jason Pembridge made a free throw with 3.1 seconds left to provide the difference. Alex Grace finished with 15 points and German ended with 12.