Defending Section VI Class C champion Middle Early College had to rally from a seven-point halftime deficit but dominated the fourth quarter in a 57-47 victory over Randolph on Monday night in a Section VI Class C-2 playoff semifinal at Jamestown Community College.
MEC trailed, 24-17, at halftime but had gained a 35-35 tie at the three-quarter mark. The Kats outscored Randolph, 22-10, in the fourth quarter to take charge.
Six-foot-6 Gary Foster, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds, led coach Randy Rich’s team. Senior captain Mason Bosley of the losing Cardinals had 25 points to reach the 1,000-point career mark in his final game.
The Kats will face Silver Creek for the C-2 championship at 6:45 p.m. on Friday at Jamestown CC.
Silver Creek had lost twice to Portville during the regular season, but turned the tables on the Panthers with a 58-54 overtime victory in their semifinal.
Senior Trevon Thompson led Silver Creek with 34 points, 24 coming in the second half. Nick Gehm had 18 for Portville, including an offensive rebound basket with 0.9 left to send the game into overtime.
FED HOCKEY: Austin Anastasia broke up a scoreless game with his goal at 7:08 of the third period and Canisius went on to a 3-0 victory over Bishop Timon-St. Jude in their Western New York Federation Private Schools hockey playoff Monday night at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston. Callahan Glinski assisted on the winner, then added two empty-net tallies after Timon had pulled goalie Tom Parshall in favor of an extra skater.
Nash Braun scored twice and assisted on another goal for St. Joe’s in a 8-0 triumph over St. Francis in the other semifinal. The Marauders (24-4-1) outshot the Red Raiders, 53-4. Jack Attea, Brad Herlan, Spencer Frame, Mike Greco and Nate Berke had the other Marauders goals.
St. Joe’s will face Canisius for the playoff title Monday at First Niagara Center.