Iroquois upsets A-2 top seed
The first No. 1 seed has fallen in the Section VI boys basketball playoffs, as Iroquois used a halftime lineup adjustment to down Maryvale, 49-44.
The Chiefs were down 13 points at the break, so coach Todd Kleitz decided to go to a smaller lineup and spread out the floor. The move changed the course of the game, as Iroquois outscored Maryvale 16-2 in the third quarter and 21-17 in the fourth.
Iroquois had balanced scoring, led by Sean Holleig with 11 points.
“It’s a big step for us,” Kleitz said on the importance of the win. “We haven’t won a playoff game in five or six years. Now we’re going to Buff State, I think personally, with a chance to win the A-2.”
Quakers outshoot Lockport
One of the main contenders in Class AA boys basketball also made an early exit, as No. 2 Lockport was upset, 65-62, by No. 7 Orchard Park.
Quakers coach Jim Gibson said the game came down to 3-pointers. Orchard Park had nine, while Lockport only hit once from long range.
“We’ve been playing better,” Gibson said. “We felt like we would be in the game today and things kind of went our way.”
Orchard Park led by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, but Lockport fought back. The Lions tied the game at 51 with three and a half minutes left, but Orchard Park responded with a 7-0 run. Lockport got within three but missed a tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Olean, the No. 2 seed in Class B-1, was staring down an upset as well when trailing No. 7 City Honors, 50-47, at the end of three quarters.
However, the Huskies defense hunkered down. Olean only allowed four points in the final quarter and held City Honors scoreless in the final four and a half minutes of the game to seal a 62-54 victory.
Olean coach Jeff Anastasia was thrilled with the defensive effort, especially considering how well City Honors shot.
“It came down to just making a few hustle plays and just trying to take away the dribble penetration,” Anastasia said. “We kept them in front of us.”
South Park wins in overtime
South Park boys basketball trailed by 10 in the fourth quarter, but an aggressive full-court press helped the Sparks mount a comeback and defeat Amherst, 46-45, in overtime in the A-2 quarterfinals.
Jayon Renfro was the hero. He hit a putback layup to send the game to overtime and the game-winning free throws.
12 wrestlers in state semis
Section VI will get at least one wrestler into the finals at the NYSPHSAA Championships in Albany Saturday, as Maple Grove’s Zach Trim and Falconer’s Corey Keefe will matchup in the Division II 195-pound semifinals.
The victor will face either Canastota’s Doug Simmons or Susquehanna Valley’s Richie Knapp.
Only one other class features two Section VI wrestlers in the semifinals. Chautauqua Lake’s Bryce Rowe and Falconer’s Dan Torres are both in the final four of the Division II 160-pound class but are on different sides of the bracket.
Starpoint’s Anthony Robinson, the favorite in the Division II 285-pound weight class, will face Nate Briggs of Onondaga/Tully in the semifinals. He defeated Ardsley-Dobbs Ferry’s George Lebberes and Oyster Bay’s Sam Khondaparast on Friday to reach the final four.
Seven other wrestlers are still alive: Niagara Wheatfield’s Justin McDougald (DI 126), Niagara Falls’ Willie McDougald (DI 132), Lancaster’s Joe Andressen (DI 220), Tonawanda’s Zach Braddell (DII 126), Iroquois’ Cory Day (DII 145), Southwestern’s Giuseppe Hoose (DII 182) and Pioneer’s Mike Rigerman (DII 220).
Trio hits milestones
Chautauqua Lake boys basketball senior Devin Pope passed the 2,000-point mark Friday, scoring 29 in a win against Salamanca in the Class C quarterfinals.
Randolph’s Tyler Hind reached 1,000 career points in the Cardinals’ 81-52 victory against Buffalo Science in the Class C quarterfinals.
The sophomore guard notched 28 points, pushing his career total to 1,011.
Newfane’s Max Weber had 12 assists against Fredonia, pushing his career total past 500. The Panthers won, 66-41, in the Class B-1 quarterfinals.