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02/15/03 Section V Boys Tournament capsules

By James Johnson
Democrat and Chronicle
 

(February 15, 2003) — Here’s a capsule look at each class of the Section V boys basketball tournament:

CLASS AA

Top seed: Rush-Henrietta.

Contenders: No. 2 Fairport, No. 3 Greece Athena.

Sleepers: No. 4 Gates Chili.

2002 title game: Gates Chili 52, Fairport 47.

Outlook: It’s going to take a team with steady, durable guards to beat Rush-Henrietta. The Royal Comets send defenders at opposing point guards all game and thrive off of turnovers.

Fairport plays defense, too. It probably won’t happen again, but Fairport shut out Edison in the fourth quarter of their non-league game in December.

Greece Athena has sort of staggered into the tournament, going 2-5 after a 13-0 start.

CLASS A

Top seed: McQuaid.

Contender: No. 3 Greece Arcadia.

Sleepers: No. 4 Irondequoit, No. 7 Marshall.

2002 title game: McQuaid 90, Canandaigua 54.

Outlook: We all know about McQuaid, which overshadows a handful of teams that have made positive turnarounds from recent rough seasons.

Arcadia (9-12 in 2001-02) won nine of its final 10 regular-season games behind the one-two scoring punch of senior guards Brendon Maier (12.9) and Nashon Miller (12.8). Marshall had the most success of any local team against McQuaid, which beat the Jurists 79-73.

CLASS BB

Top seed: Newark.

Contenders: No. 2 Batavia, No. 4 Pittsford Mendon.

Sleeper: No. 3 Geneva.

2002 title game: Pittsford Sutherland 60, Batavia 50.

Outlook: Talk about not looking back. Newark reeled off 18 consecutive wins, including a lopsided victory over Geneva after losing its first two games.

You would have no trouble finding people who believe that Batavia is the favorite.

Senior guard Phillip Santiago (21.5 points per game) has another teammate who can score and rebound in sophomore forward Michael Chmielowiec (15 ppg./8 rebounds).

CLASS B

Top seed: Livonia.

Contenders: No. 3 Midlakes, No. 4 School of the Arts.

Sleeper: No. 6 Bishop Kearney.

2002 title game: Bishop Kearney 57, Hornell 47.

Outlook: Tom Downey, who coached Livonia for more than 28 seasons before he died Thursday from complications of stomach cancer, will be missed. The Bulldogs build their wins from stingy defense, just as they did under Downey.

School of the Arts might have the best chance out of the city schools to win a sectional title. Not only did the Silverhawks face Class AA and A competition during the regular season, but earned wins over East and Wilson. Soloman Donaldson, a 6-foot-3 senior forward, makes the Silverhawks go and having 6-8 junior center Oluwaseyi Oseni helps.

CLASS CCC

Top seed: Le Roy.

Contenders: No. 2 Wellsville, No. 3 Williamson.

Sleeper: No. 7 Greece Odyssey.

2002 title game: Sodus 69, Caledonia-Mumford 59.

Outlook: It would be a big surprise if state-ranked Le Roy doesn’t claim its first title. The Oatkan Knights start 6-7 forward Brendan Fulmer, who might be one of Section V’s top athletes.

Williamson’s Jon Ameele, a 6-foot-6 senior center/forward, averaged 24.8 points a game during a five-game win streak for the Marauders to close the regular season.

CLASS CC

Top seed: No. 1 Marion.

Contenders: No. 2 Honeoye, No. 4 Caledonia-Mumford.

Sleepers: No. 3 Campbell-Savona, No. 6 Perry.

2002 title game: Perry 86, Bloomfield 51.

Outlook: Marion, led by 5-10 junior guard Jared Schutt, romped through Wayne County League play, including a split with traditonal power Lyons.

The Black Knights’ path to their first title since 1996 probably becomes rocky in the semifinals, with a possible matchup with Caledonia-Mumford.

The Red Raiders have two good guards in Rickey Riddle and Robert Moten plus height in the frontcourt with 6-4 David Dinolfo.

CLASS C

Top seed: Lyons.

Contender: No. 2 South Seneca, No. 3 Red Jacket.

Sleepers: No. 4 York.

2002 title game: Geneseo 69, Campbell-Savona 50.

Outlook: Lyons should be in command from start to finish of this tournament. The Lions are quick, talented and have years of tradition to lean on. The team has won 13 sectional titles.

CLASS DD

Top seed: Geneseo.

Contenders: No. 2 Genesee Valley, No. 3 Batavia Notre Dame.

Sleepers: No. 5 Harley-Allendale-Columbia.

2002 title game: Genesee Valley 65, Batavia Notre Dame 53.

Outlook: Genesee Valley and Batavia Notre Dame have had a grip on this division, as the two schools have split the last four sectional titles.

Geneseo, last season’s Class C champ, might be ready to take over. The Blue Knights’ only loss was a game against Le Roy that came down to the final possession.

CLASS D

Top seed: Lima Christian.

Contenders: No. 2 Prattsburgh, No. 3 Jasper-Troupsburg, No. 4 Whitesville.

Sleepers: No. 5 Geneva DeSales.

2002 title game: Whitesville 57, Prattsburgh 54.

Outlook: Lima Christian has won three of the last five titles. Bryan Long, a 6-4 senior forward who seems to do a little of everything, leads the Saints.