Boys basketball capsules
(March 10, 2006) — Class AA
Matchup: No. 5 in the state rankings Fairport
(21-1) vs. No. 10 Niagara Falls (15-4), 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Outlook: These
teams meet again. Niagara Falls edged Fairport, 52-50 on Dec. 10 at Niagara
University. Wolverines guard Jonathan Flynn, who has given Syracuse a verbal
commitment, averaged 33.6 points in four Section VI playoff games. Flynn, a
6-foot junior, also has 6-8 senior forward Tyrell Lynch to work with. "We go
as our defense goes," Fairport point guard Corey McAdam said. Fairport allows
about 50 points a game with 6-8 senior Cory Magee anchoring its defense. Magee
(18 ppg) and McAdam (18 ppg) are Fairport's leading scorers.
Matchup: No. 12 Wilson (18-6) vs. unranked Sweet Home (19-5), 7:45 p.m. today.
Outlook: This might have been a tough game for Wilson to win. Now the Wildcats
must try without senior guard and four-year varsity player Robert Parks (17
ppg), Section V's Class A Tournament MVP. Parks had surgery to remove his
appendix on Wednesday. Parks' absence probably means Wilson needs a third
scorer to help seniors Waryn McCullough (18 ppg) and Brandon Williams (13 ppg).
Sweet Home hit seven 3-pointers in its state qualifier game, five from
on-court leader Quentin Hudson, a 6-1 senior.
Matchup: Unranked Penn Yan (14-10) vs. No. 1 Lackawanna (23-1), 2:45 p.m.
Saturday. Outlook: Penn Yan has answered challenges the entire postseason. The
latest one for the Mustangs is a biggie. The Steelers have depth and like to
swarm their opponents with pressure defenses. If you get by the quick guards,
6-9 senior Steve Kozaczka waits for ballhandlers. Lesean Braxton, a 6-1,
230-pound senior, is regarded as Lackawanna's clutch player. Penn Yan coach
Chuck Roach called frontcourt players Bob Nolan and Alex Brown, the team's
"bread and butter." Yet, how is this for balance? Brown, Derek Stork Jared
Wigden each scored 11 points and Nolan nine, as the Mustangs stopped Bishop
Kearney's run to states.
Matchup: No. 2 Campbell-Savona (21-3) vs. No. 6 Randolph (19-5), 1 p.m.
Outlook: It's difficult to outscore Campbell-Savona, because the Panthers are
good at not letting opponents score (39 ppg). "We are pretty stingy," Panthers
coach Merlin Button said. "It's hard to hold teams at this level to that, but
it's still about playing that kind of defense. Lyons coach Steven Veeder said
with that type of defensive play and underrated senior guard Matt Newman (11
ppg), he would be surprised if the Panthers don't win the state title.
Randolph's players are winners. Eleven of the 12 players were members of the
school's state football champion, including 6-7 senior Mike Seiberg.
Matchup: No. 5 Finney (21-3) vs. No. 14 Clymer (19-3), 6 p.m. today.
Outlook: Clymer features a frontline with three players 6-3 or taller, so the
Falcons will try to use their speed to limit touches down low. "We haven't
faced anyone with that much size," Finney coach Joe Marchand said, but his
club draws confidence that it has beaten a few larger schools with similar
size. Finney's frontcourt has 6-2 Mike Wielert, 6-1 Aaron Fischer and 6-foot
Gaven Spuck. Shooting guard Chris Verosky, who averages 18.5 points, 6.2
rebounds, 5 assists and 5.1 steals, also is 6-3.