Cleveland Hill boys basketball coach Jason Przybysz finally got to exhale at the end of Friday’s B-2 game.
“I think someone poked me to let the air out,” said the relieved coach of the top seed of B-2 teams in the Section VI playoffs.
The Golden Eagles had quite a struggle on Friday night, but they defeated No. 8 CSAT, 60-52, in a quarterfinal matchup. Cleveland Hill was tied at 11-11 after the first quarter, but a CSAT burst put it ahead by a stunning score of 37-23 at halftime.
“We turned the ball over too often, and we couldn’t find a way to put the ball in the basket,” Przybysz said about the first half. “Our turnovers became their transition baskets.”
Luckily, panic was not part of the Eagles’ reaction to the large deficit.
“We’ve been in that position before this season,” Przybysz said. “We’ve had some ups and downs. It helps having a team that’s disciplined. They were upset, but they stayed under control.”
Jermaine Hairston led the way for Cleveland Hill with 35 points, while Rodney White had 12 points.
Class AA: No. 1 seed Jamestown had four players in double figures, including Zack Panebianco’s 19 points, in beating Clarence, 76-49. ... No. 3 Niagara Falls pulled away at the end in defeating Frontier, 58-51. The Power Cats received 15 points from both Mikey Bermudez and Charles Lamar. ... A 21-point fourth quarter helped No. 4 Lancaster defeat Lockport, 64-58. Tyler Lis had 15 points for the Redskins.
Class A-1: Chris Woodward had 19 points, 13 rebounds, and four steals for No. 1 North Tonawanda in a 64-49 win over South Park. ... No. 2 Williamsville South only allowed two points in the first quarter, and went on to a convincing 63-35 win over Grand Island. ... No. 3 McKinley’s Devin Morris had 29 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lead the Macks to a 75-47 win over Hamburg. Jordan Heine had 23 points for No. 4 Sweet Home as the Panthers rolled past Williamsville East, 70-55.
Class A-2: Top-seeded Amherst was too good for Iroquois, taking a 75-50 decision. TC Brown led the Tigers with 24 points , and Dorian Phillips had 20. ... Second-seed Starpoint is off to play at Buffalo State for the first time since 2004 after beating West Seneca East, 68-56. ... No. 3 Olean built momentum after an even start and went on to a 66-45 win over Dunkirk. Eight Huskies scored, with Chucky Martin getting 15 points.
Class B-1: No. 10 Maryvale notched its second straight postseason upset, beating No. 2 Depew, 49-47. Ray Blackwell scored 19 points for Maryvale. ... No. 4 Albion overpowered East Aurora, 78-62, as Austin Loyd scored 19 points for Albion.
Class B-2: No. 5 East knocked off No. 4 Health Sciences, 62-51, with Percy Bryant scoring 21 points. ... A 20-9 second quarter was crucial for No. 2 Wilson during a 58-49 win over Emerson. ... John Piper had 20 points and Patrick Moore added 18 for No. 3 Fredonia in the Hillbillies’ 59-51 win over Lackawanna.
Class C-1: Bill Brooks and Connor Gates both scored 22 points for top-seeded Silver Creek during its 60-44 victory over Gowanda. ... DeJaun Owens had 26 points for No. 2 Tapestry in an 81-39 triumph over Barker. ... Third-seeded Salamanca overwhelmed Maritime Charter, 73-38, as Damon Glenn had 26 points.
Class C-2: Joseph Staton had five three-pointers in scoring 25 points as top seed Middle Early College topped Buffalo Science, 84-41. Ben Erickson had 13 points and 10 rebounds to power No. 3 Franklinville to a 56-43 win over Global Concepts. ... Holland’s 20-4 run in the third quarter led to the No. 4 seed’s 71-46 win over MST Seneca.
Class D: Liam Tennirs scored 32 points to lead No. 6 Westfield to a 60-42 upset win over No. 3 Forestville. ... Top-seed I-Prep/Grover got 17 points and 15 rebounds from Terrance James in a 64-33 win over Pine Valley.
Marsh in good form
Jamestown’s Matt Marsh finished first in the 100-yard free (46.08) and third in the 50 free (21.10) in Friday’s preliminary rounds of the New York State swimming and diving championships. They are taking place at Ithaca College.
The Canisius 400 free relay team is in eighth place after a 3:12.91 in the preliminary round. The competition continues on Saturday.
Devlin moves along
Defending 126-pound Division II state wrestling champion Kellen Devlin of Amherst won two matches in the opening rounds of this year’s state competition, which is taking place in Albany. Cody McGregor of Tonawanda (132) and Tyler Hall of East Aurora (220) both won their matches by fall to reach the D-II semifinals.