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03/11/04

Democrat and Chronicle

Arcadia boys hand R-H its first loss


By James Johnson
Staff writer

CARLOS ORTIZ staff photographer
Greece Arcadia’s Chris Greene runs under the arm of Rush-Henrietta’s Calvin Betts to tie the game at 53-53 in the second half at Blue Cross Arena. Arcadia went on to defeat Rush-Henrietta in double overtime, 73-67. [Day in Photos]

(March 11, 2004) — Another basketball team intent on pushing Greece Arcadia out of the postseason has found out the hard way that the Titans have staying power.

Arcadia showed the undefeated Rush-Henrietta Royal Comets the door Wednesday night after a 73-67 triumph in double overtime to advance to the state high school tournament quarterfinals.

This despite a monster game from Rush-Henrietta sophomore forward Calvin Betts, who had 27 rebounds with 27 points.

“We’re a stubborn team, we don’t like to lose,” Arcadia center John Roberts said after the Class AAA/AA state qualifier at Blue Cross Arena. “I love my teammates for that.”

CARLOS ORTIZ staff photographer
Greece Arcadia’s Chris Greene runs under the arm of Rush-Henrietta’s Calvin Betts to tie the game at 53-53 in the second half at Blue Cross Arena. Arcadia went on to defeat Rush-Henrietta in double overtime, 73-67.

“Words can’t describe how happy we are. This is better then winning a sectional title to me. We beat an undefeated team to go to states. It’s amazing.”

Arcadia trailed by six points with 33.9 seconds remaining in the first overtime period. Brendon Meier and Adam Blanchard then made 3-pointers to stave off elimination for the Titans (21-1).

Junior point guard Chris Greene finished with a game-high 29 points after he and Meier each scored four points in the second overtime.

Arcadia never trailed during the second extra period after Nate Schutt’s free throw with 2:09 remaining broke a 64-64 tie.

Greene also had six assists and three steals, while Roberts added 20 points and 13 rebounds. Meier finished with 14 points to eliminate the No. 5 ranked team in the state.

“We had them and they made some shots,” Rush-Henrietta coach Chris Reed said. “Both teams made plays. They made the ones at the end that counted.”

Next up for Arcadia is two-time defending Section VI champion Niagara Falls (22-2), in a state tournament quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Sunday at HSBC Arena in Buffalo.

“They are some tough kids,” Arcadia coach Roger Klimek said about his Titans. “I’ve watched them do some amazing stuff all year. Nothing they do surprises me.”

The Titans trailed Greece Athena by 13 points before they rallied to win their semifinal. They pushed past Webster Thomas in the final with a 16-0 run.

Blanchard hit a 3-pointer from about mid-court during the regular season that kept the Titans undefeated. It was Blanchard who again came through for Arcadia late in double overtime with Rush-Henrietta (21-1) ahead 62-59.

The Titans quickly moved the ball up the court where Blanchard pump faked twice from 3-point range to shake Ryan Henry and nail the shot with 14 seconds remaining.

“It was the only shot I made in the second half, the only points that I scored,” Blanchard said. “I was afraid that he was going to block it, because he can jump.”

After Schutt’s free throw pushed the Titans ahead 65-64, Rush-Henrietta came up empty in its next two possessions.

Roberts then made a bull rush to the basket, was fouled and made a free throw with 1:01 to go to put Arcadia up by three points.

Greene added two free throws before a 3-pointer by Aaron Poles put Arcadia’s lead at 67-65 with 43.5 seconds on the clock.

Meier dribbled to waste time during Arcadia’s next possession and drifted all the way to the basket for a layup.

The Royal Comets were finished after a 3-pointer by Betts was short.

“We all wanted to win,” Blanchard said. “Obviously, it showed.”

JJOHNSO@DemocratandChronicle.com
 

 

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