Boys basketball capsules
(March 3, 2006) — A capsule look at this weekend's Section V boys basketball
championship games at Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial:
Matchup with seeds: No. 2 Rush-Henrietta (17-3) vs. No. 1 Fairport (19-1).
When: 9 p.m. Saturday.
Background: Fairport swept Rush-Henrietta in league play for the first time in
years. A third win by the Red Raiders brings Fairport its first boys title
since 1975. This is Fairport's fourth trip to the finals in five years.
Rush-Henrietta stopped East's repeat bid with strong defensive play among its
guards and a 25-point, 12-rebound game by forward/guard Calvin Betts.
Matchup: No. 2 Greece Athena (15-5) vs. No. 1 Irondequoit (17-3).
When: 7:15 p.m. Saturday.
Background: Each team came up with road wins over the other during the regular
season, including Athena in double overtime at Irondequoit. Athena guards
Rickey Wallace, Levar Goff and Steve Kerr can be a three-headed monster for
defenses. Irondequoit guards Cory Humphries and Rashaad Stokelin can go off
offensively too, but the Eagles have had an unselfish approach all season.
Matchup: No. 6 Newark (16-7) vs. No. 4 Wilson (17-6). When: 5 p.m. Saturday.
Background: Buddy Brasky, whose Batavia team was Newark's semifinal victim,
described the Reds best. Newark controls the pace and plays solid man-to-man
defense. No team has scored more than 45 points against Newark in the
tournament. Wilson could be Newark's biggest challenge because of solid senior
guards Brandon Williams and Robert Parks. Wildcats forward Waryn McCullough, a
solid producer all season, is due for a big game.
Matchup: No. 6 School of the Arts (13-9) vs. No. 5 Penn Yan (11-10).
When: 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
Background: Penn Yan is another team that disregarded seeds and records. The
Mustangs bumped off a No. 4 and a No. 1 to get a shot at their first title
since 1998. Jared Wigden made four 3-pointers to help Penn Yan upset
top-seeded Hornell. School of the Arts junior Robert Brown is coming off of a
career-high 35-point game against defending Class B state champion
Palmyra-Macedon. The Silverhawks can also turn to 6-6 junior Tomas
Matchup: No. 5 Bishop Kearney (9-14) vs. No. 2 Wellsville (16-6). When: 1:30
Background: Just when you forget about Bishop Kearney as a title contender,
the Kings show they are a threat. The Kings like to swarm opponents with their
pressure defense. Junior guard Anthony Terry scored 31 points to get the Kings
past No. 1 seed Sodus. Kearney defeated Wellsville 60- 34 on Feb. 7. Matt
Baker has the hot hand for Wellsville after a 28-point game, including six
3-pointers, during his team's romp over Marcus Whitman.
Matchup: No. 2 Campbell-Savona (19-3) vs. No. 1 East Rochester (19-3).
When: 8:45 tonight.
Background: The East Rochester Bombers earned another shot at their first
title since 1963. They also get another crack at the team that romped past
them during last year's CC final. Campbell-Savona knocked off an athletic
Charlotte team to come within one win of extending its streak of three titles
in the last three years.
Matchup: No. 2 Lyons (17-5) vs. No. 1 Perry (19-3). When: 7 tonight.
Background: These are two of the best small-school programs in Section V. This
is Lyons' 21st appearance in a final, a Section V record. Isaiah Scott, a 6-1
guard, and 6-2 senior Dan Scherbyn are the tallest players in a small, but
quick lineup. Perry, which won four titles in five years from 1998-2002,
limited Gananda and South Seneca to 45 and 44 points, respectively.
Matchup: No. 3 Lyndonville (13-9) vs. No. 1 Freddie Thomas (15-7).
When: 5:45 tonight.
Background: This is not a bad place for a first-year varsity team like Freddie
Thomas to be. The Titans have capitalized on speed and athleticism all season
and hope to do the same against Lyndonville, which has never won a title.
Aaron Kent and Cody Castor have been two of Lyndonville's top players during
Matchup: No. 3 Romulus (18-4) vs. No. 1 Finney (19-3). When: 11:45 a.m.
Background: Finney has its best chance to win its first title. Falcons guards
Andy Marchand and Chris Verosky have scored 1,000 points in their varsity
careers. Finney also tested itself against larger schools during the season.
The Falcons will need to deal with 6-2 senior guard Rick McCulloch, who has
produced 63 points and 23 rebounds in two tournament games.
Matchup: No. 4 Northstar (15-8) vs. No. 3 Geneva DeSales (16-6).
When: 10 a.m. Saturday.
Background: Northstar (1986) and Geneva DeSales (1989) hope to end long title
droughts. Jaanai Beckford is the player to watch for Northstar, with Neil
Cavalieri also capable of hurting opponents. Beckford produced statistical
double-doubles in all three of Northstar's tournament games. Geneva DeSales
has a capable scoring duo in Kurtis Porter and Joe Costello.