Boys basketball state quarterfinals
Capsule look at this weekend's games
(March 9, 2007) — Class AA
Matchup: No. 8 in state Sweet Home (19-4) vs. No. 14 Fairport (20-3).
Time/place: 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community
Outlook: Look for a low-scoring game. Like Fairport, the Panthers take playing
defense seriously. This is the team that knocked off Niagara Falls, led by
future Syracuse University guard Jonnny Flynn, in the Section VI final.
Glenmore Carr, a 6-foot-6 senior, is a presence inside because of his height
and showed an ability to beat defenders off the dribble against Niagara Falls.
Kyle Downey clearly is Fairport's top scoring threat, but the Red Raiders get
solid contributions throughout the lineup when they are at their best. They
also have the belief that their defense can hold back opponents until the
offense gets in gear.
Matchup: No. 6 Buffalo McKinley (21-4) vs. No. 5 Aquinas (22-1).
Time/place: 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Blue Cross Arena.
Outlook: The Macks, coached by former North Carolina Tar Heel James Daye, come
off one of their best performances this season, a 19-point victory in Section
VI's final. Guard William "Stink'' Robinson, slowed by a knee injury this
season, made four 3-pointers versus Maryvale and can still beat defenders off
Aquinas has not dominated on the glass, but the Little Irish seem to get most
of the important rebounds, especially 6-1 junior Todd Wingate. Matt Jones,
Jonathan Jones and Wingate also are far from shy when it comes to shot
They will challenge drives to the basket. Critics wonder if senior D.J. Wing
can handle pressure, but he's held up in the postseason and made timely plays
for the Little Irish.
Matchup: No. 1 Olean (23-1) vs. No. 14 Charlotte (17-7). Time/place: 4 p.m.
Saturday at Finger Lakes Community College.
Outlook: Charlotte is back on the Section V basketball map with its first
sectional title since the Lakesiders' glory days during the mid-1980s. There
is a good inside-outside balance with Charlotte, as 6-1 junior forward Terrell
Moore, is the team's leading scorer and rebounder. Guards Gerald Williams,
Bradley Griffin and Jordan Major can and do hit outside shots.
Olean does not beat itself with mistakes. A disciplined group that plays hard,
the Huskies are led by versatile 6-2 senior Zach Moore, whose father is
Pitt-Bradford College coach and former St. John Fisher assistant Andy Moore.
Matchup: No. 3 Maple Grove (21-2) vs. No. 1 Campbell-Savona (23-1).
Time/place: 2 p.m. Saturday at FLCC.
Outlook: Reigning state champion Campbell-Savona limited its sectional
tournament opponents to 31, 41 and 40 points.
The Panthers play defense. Zach Simpson, a 6-7 senior center, and junior guard
Camden Wright were named to the all-tournament teams. So was senior guard Will
Cornett, the tournament MVP who was a key player on last year's state
The Red Dragons seem to be similar to Fairport, a lot of versatile players who
do the little things to win. Junior forward Tom Secky is Maple Grove's best
all-around player and Cam O'Neill the top rebounder on a team that goes hard
after missed shots.
Matchup: No. 4 Pine Valley (22-1) vs. No. 1 Finney (21-3).
Time/place: Noon, Saturday at FLCC.
Outlook: State champion Finney was not challenged in the postseason until the
state qualifier round, and the Falcons defeated Whitesville by nine points. A
schedule that included teams from larger schools appears to have helped.
Senior guard Andy Marchand, a 2006 All-Greater Rochester team member, went
crazy in this game last year at Buffalo State with 24 points on six 3-pointers
Pine Valley is back in Class D, where the Panthers were Section VI champions
in 2004 and '05. This year's club uses its bench, as the Panthers like to
pressure ballhandlers. Senior Cody Troutman played on Pine Valley's state
final four team in '04.