Upset in the quarterfinals as the No. 3 seed in C-1 a year ago, Tapestry didn't let that happen again. The Thunder Hawks assured themselves a place in the Section VI Class C basketball championship game with a 62-57 triumph over Allegany-Limestone Monday night at Jamestown Community College>
Coach Mike Ester's team needed a fourth-quarter rally too eliminate the Gators. Tapestry outscored A-L, 20-9, in the fourth to win it after trailing 48-42 at the end of three.
"A steal and a three-point play by Mike Towns," sparked us," Ester said. Towns a senior guard, scored seven of his 12 points in the final quarter. Dorian Plummer had eight of his team-high 22 points in the fourth as well.
Junior Sam Flanders of A-L had 26 points in defeat.
Tapestry will face Randolph in the championship game on Friday at Jamestown CC. Randolph defeated Chautauqua Lake, 74-58, in Monday's other semifinal which was a rematch of last year's overall Class C title came won by Chautauqua Lake.
Sophomore Tyler Hind led the Randolph victory with 33 points. Hind is averaging 23 points a game for Randolph. Devin Pope had 16 for Chautauqua Lake. Pope was averaging more than 30 points a game for the Thunderbirds.
Canisius-Park Chapter III tonight
The rubber game of the Canisius-Park School rivalry will decide the Monsignor Martin Class A championship tonight at the Koessler Athletic Center.
The Canisius Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in Western New York, and the No. 2 Pioneers split their regular season games. Park won 77-69 at home on Jan. 20, but Canisius came back with an 84-60 win on its home court on Feb. 4.
Cardinal O'Hara will face Niagara Catholic for the Class B championship at 6 p.m. at Koessler.
Although O'Hara, the No. 1 seed, lost to Niagara Catholic, 64-50, on Jan. 18 but the Hawks came back to take an exciting 85-84 game from the patriots on Feb. 7.
Lake Shore faces Iroquois again
In Section VI boys play, semifinal games are scheduled in Class A-1 and Class D and one of the two class B-1 semifinals is on the slate.
Lake Shore, which defeated Iroquois twice in ECIC III during the league season, will go for No. 3 in their Class A-1 game at Buffalo State. The Eagles' size will present a problem. Their lineup includes 6-6 senior Jon Park and 6-4 junior Ajay Cybulski, who had a 22-point game the Chiefs in one of their meetings.
No. 3 seed South Park will face No. 2 Cheektowaga in the other A-1 semi. Cheektowaga defeated the Sparks, 60-56, in their only meeting during the regular season. The same teams meet in the A-2 semifinals last year with the Sparks winning 74-64 despite 45 points by graduated Cheektowaga star Dominic Welch.
Lackawanna, which has lost only once, to Class AA Clarence, in its last 16 games will take on Niagara-Orleans League co-champion Newfane in the other A-1 semifinal.
EA goes for a sweep
In girls Class A-1 semifinals at Kenmore West, Lake Shore and Amherst, who used to be rivals when both were in ECIC III, will meet for the first time this season.
The second semifinal will have East Aurora and Iroquois meeting for the third time. EA won both ECIC III meetings, 53-50 and 56-42. East Aurora star senior Emma Brinker had 21 and 15 points against the Chiefs.