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NT pulls off stunner, wins A-1 championship to end No. 1 Williamsville South's reign

For the first time in more than 50 years, North Tonawanda is a Section VI champion in boys basketball.

For the first time in a while Williamsville South is not.

The Lumberjacks ended South's two-year championship reign as Class A champions by taking out the top-seeded Billies and Buffalo News No. 1 Large School, 60-54, on Saturday night in the Class A-1 final.

An estimated crowd of more than 2,500 watched as the Lumberjacks' 2-3 zone, height and scrappiness caused Williamsville South problems at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.

They also saw the Lumberjacks rally late to pull off the stunner. They scored the final 13 points of game after a steak and layup by Dakota Wiley gave the Billies a 54-47 edge with 3 minutes, 55 seconds to go.

But NT, which shared the Niagara Frontier League championship, put it all together down the stretch to secure its first sectional title since 1961.

A three-pointer by Zack Woodard ignited the final surge with a Trevor Book layup pulling the Jacks within 54-52 with 2:53 left. They tied it 30 seconds later on Vincent Tripi's layup and took the lead for good on a pair of Woodard free throws.

The win by NT means it's the first time since 2006 that neither McKinley nor Williamsville South (19-4) advanced to the overall Class A final, which is Tuesday at Buffalo State.

Nine players scored for North Tonawanda with three reaching double figures led by Trevor Book's 14 points. Tripi finished with 12 and Woodard 11.

Greg Dolan finished with 19 to lead South but had several free throws rattle out during a 4 for 12 showing.

The Lumberjacks (19-4) will play for the right to go to the state tournament against Class A-2 champion Amherst, which advanced via buzzer-beating triumph over South Park earlier Saturday.

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