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02/15/03 Section V Boys Basketball - Semifinal Results

H.S. boys basketball: SOTA rallies to top Kearney

Democrat and Chronicle


(February 23, 2003) — Solomon Donaldson scored 23 points, but he could only watch as No. 4 School of the Arts fought to move on to the semifinals after he fouled out with 2:30 to play. Luckily, his cousin Archie was still in the game.

Archie made a steal and drove the length of the court to make a layup with 17 seconds left to give SOTA a 58-56 victory over No. 5 Bishop Kearney in a Section V Class B second-round game on Saturday.

Kearney had two shots to tie the game in the final nine seconds, but failed to convert.

’’I can’t put it in words. We’ve been through so much,’’ said SOTA coach Gerard Inglesia. ‘’Three years ago we only had four wins. I’ve seen this team grow up and now beat a team like Kearney with a coach like Ed Nietopski. It’s just huge. I can’t describe it. We’ve finally proved that we’re no fluke.’’

SOTA outscored Kearney 17-3 in the fourth quarter as Archie had nine of his 11 points.

Kearney finishes the season 11-10 and Nietopski needs four more wins to match former Scio coach Roger Rigby’s Section V record of 527 victories.

SOTA (14-8) advances to the Class B semifinals for the first time in school history. SOTA will play No. 1 Livonia at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at RIT.

CLASS AA

No. 1 Rush-Henrietta 74, No. 9 Penfield 45: Tim Jackson had 16 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and Sheldon Brown added 16 points for R-H (20-1).

Jackson hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter for the Royal Comets. Penfield (7-15) broke the press in the third quarter, and Jay Murphy was able to score six of his 17 points.

No. 3 Greece Athena 65, No. 6 Brockport 53: Darquinn Johnson tallied 20 points and 19 rebounds for Athena.

Mark Schaller posted 10 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the Trojans (16-5).

The Trojans, in the semifinals for the first time since 1992, went 8 of 9 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Tony Liccione scored 18 points to lead Brockport (9-12).

No. 5 East 71, No. 4 Gates Chili 60: Nate Brumfield scored 26 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and Kenny Wilson added 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead East (13-8).

Shawn Harris had 14 points for Gates Chili (14-7).

OTHER CLASS B GAMES

No. 1 Livonia 47, No. 8 Waterloo 43: Waterloo missed a 3-pointer with seven seconds to play and Chad Smith hit two free throws with .7 second left to send Livonia to the semifinals.

No. 7 Hornell 66, No. 2 Attica 54: Scott Young scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Rashan Speidel added nine rebounds for Hornell (11-10).

No. 3 Midlakes 60, No. 6 Penn Yan 43: Justin Howard scored 13 of his 26 points in the first quarter as Midlakes jumped to an 18-11 lead.

CLASS C

No. 3 Red Jacket 64, No. 6 East Rochester 56: Andy Platt made 4 of 4 free throws and Trevor Good made 2 of 2 free throws in the final minute to wrap it up for the host Indians (14-7).

Kevin Growney scored 20 points for ER (10-12).

No. 2 South Seneca 42, No. 7 Wheatland-Chili 39: Wheatland-Chili made a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a two-point lead with 20 seconds to go.

Bobby Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to give South Seneca a one-point lead, and then Ryan Clemenson made a steal and took it the distance for a layup to give the Falcons the win.

Marcus Smith and Patrick Thomas each scored 11 points to lead W-C (9-13).

No. 4 York 74, No. 5 Naples 55

No. 1 Lyons 77, No. 8 Red Creek 31

CLASS D

No. 1 Lima Christian 62, No. 8 Northstar 47

No. 2 Prattsburgh 48, No. 7 Houghton 47

No. 5 Whitesville 60, No. 4 Geneva DeSales 50

NON-LEAGUE

Rochester Home School 73, Freedom Village 59: Jeff Borowiec scored 19 points and Daniel Tomlinson had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Rapids (18-4).