Who: VI-Health Sciences Falcons (21-4) vs. X-Canton Golden Bears (22-5)
What: New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Tournament final four
When: Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena in Binghamton
NYS Sportswriters Rankings: Canton is ranked No. 7 in the state. Health Sciences is ranked 11th.
How they got here: First-time Section VI champion Health Sciences defeated Section V champion Mynderse, 50-47, as Davonte Gaines, Tyron Lott and Wize Threat each scored 12 points. The Falcons rallied from a nine-point third-quarter deficit, taking the lead for good on the last of four three-pointers by Threat with three minutes left. Threat sparked a game-closing 20-8 run with the a trey with Health Sciences trailing 39-30 in the third quarter.
Section X champion Canton reached the semifinals by defeating VII-Northeastern Clinton, 59-49, as the Golden Bears recovered from an early 16-3 deficit to earn their first trip to the final four. They did that by cashing in at the free-throw line, outscoring their foe 20-4. Bears went 15 for 16 from the line in the fourth quarter.
Health Sciences key players: Junior Davonte Gaines, 6-6 (17.9 ppg), junior Tyron Lott, 6-1 (18.8 ppg), sophomore Kameron Briggs, 5-9 (12.5 ppg), senior Wize Threat, 6-1 (9.6 ppg), junior TayVion Nelson, 6-2, (6.9).
Canton scouting report: The Porter brothers, 5-11 senior point guard Louden, and 6-6 sophomore Declan have been golden for Canton. Louden, Section X's player of the year, scored a team-high 33 points in a regional semifinal win over state No. 1 Glens Falls while Declan had 16 points and 15 rebounds. In the regional final/state quarterfinal win over Northeastern Clinton, Declan drained five three-pointers during a 25-point performance. Louden, a 1,000-point scorer in his career, is expected to attend SUNY Geneseo.
Next: The winner advances to Saturday night's championship game at 9 p.m. against either III-Westhill or XI-Center Moriches.