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2016 All-WNY second team capsules by Miguel Rodriguez

TC Brown

Amherst: 5-11 senior guard

PPG: 22.9 Reb: 6.8 Assists: 5.4

Amherst’s all-time leading scorer was one of the engines that powered the Tigers’ run to the Class A-2 title. Quick, slick ballhandler shot 40.9 percent from beyond the arc en route to setting school mark for career three-pointers (174). In addition to scoring 1,482 points, Brown also set Tigers record for career assists (382). Cataract Classic MVP considers wins over Bishop Kearney and Lew-Port as his most memorable games.

Amadi Ikpeze

Amherst: 6-10 senior forward

PPG: 13.2 Reb: 10.1 Blocks: 4.5

The other engine who helped power Amherst’s run to the Class A-2 title, the St. Bonaventure signee was at his best during the postseason. In addition to a monster triple-double that included 30 points and 12 blocks that turned the momentum in Tigers’ favor in A-2 final, his dominance in paint in sectional semifinal opened up Amherst’s outside game. His 572 rebounds and 226 blocks rank second all-time at Amherst.

Jernard Jackson

Lew-Port: 5-10 senior guard

PPG: 26.5 Reb: 6.0 Steals: 7.0

Jackson, the “mini Steph Curry,” scored the game-winning basket in the closing seconds of the Class A-2 semifinals. Lightning quick ballhandler found ways to score despite various defensive tactics. Scored 27 of his game-high 35 points in the first half of sectional final loss to Amherst. Set school record with a 50-point game and finishes three-year career with 1,155 points. Receiving interest from Division II schools.

Ben Eckstrom

Olean: 6-4 junior forward

PPG: 16.2 Reb: 7.1 Assists: 2.0

Fearless player who’s willing to go into the land of giants to score points and grab rebounds for the 28-1 Huskies. Named to state all-tournament team, Eckstrom scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in second half of Class B-1 final win over East Aurora. Scored game-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in state semifinal win over previously unbeaten Hudson. Solid inside presence for a defense that yielded a mere 43.3 ppg.

Elijah Ramadhan

Olean: 6-3 senior forward

PPG: 15.6 Reb: 8.0 Assists: 4.0

He, too, played a fearless game, driving to the basket often to create scoring opportunities. CCAA West I player-of-the-year’s dribbling ability made it difficult for opposing defenses to press Olean. MVP of the IAABO Tournament also earned spots on the state all-tournament and all-state Federation teams. Scored 20 points in Far West Regional win and had 21 in state Federation semifinals. He plans to attend St. John Fisher.

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