Hello from Jamestown Community College for what is one of my favorite trips every year: the boys basketball Class C and D championship games. Great environment as the Southern Tier's best fight for sectional championships.
The first game has Maple Grove taking on Sherman in the Class D title game at 6; the C final between Randolph and Westfield.
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6:11 p.m. We have our first timeout, taken by Sherman after Maple Grove jumps out to a 10-2 lead despite a spotty start. There is 3:55 left in the first quarter.
6:20 p.m. At the end of the first quarter, Maple Grove has a 20-9 lead. Chris Secky has seven points while Dan Rivas, a junior guard, has six points on two three-pointers.
6:23 p.m. Sherman was nearing a 10-second violation so coach Cory Emory yelled for a timeout with 7:37 left in the second quarter. A free throw by Joe Caporale has made it 21-9 Maple Grove.
6:29 p.m. Maple Grove coach Curt Fischer calls a timeout with 5:08 left in the second quarter and the Red Dragons have a 25-11 lead. Secky just had a nice block on defense, preceded by a very nice steal and shake-dribble before finding Rivas for a layup, preceded by a soaring drive from the left side. Secky had a one-handed dunk in the first quarter off a steal.
6:37 p.m. Secky adds a two-handed jam from a near standing-start and just got up there to get it down and Maple Grove leads, 32-15, with less than two minutes left in the half.
6:43 p.m. We are at HALFTIME and Maple Grove leads, 34-20. Fischer is blasting the refs because in the last 3:36 of the half, Sherman went 9 for 11 at the line. There were a couple of iffy calls where I'd have to agree with Fischer. Sherman had one field goal in the second quarter.
Fischer is also probably fired up because Maple Grove has committed a bunch of turnovers and missed some open layups.
6:57 p.m. Sherman takes a timeout after a made free throw by Secky, who has another coming as Maple Grove has a 40-20 lead with 6:12 left in the third quarter. Secky got fouled after a sweet fast-break, behind-the-back drop-off pass by Joe Caporale.
7:07 p.m. Maple Grove calls a timeout with 1:59 left in the third quarter and holding a 53-26 lead.
7:14 p.m. Fischer calls a timeout with 28.1 seconds left in the third quarter; its lead is now 58-31.
7:17 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, Maple Grove has a 58-34 lead.
7:37 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Maple Grove 73, Sherman 43.
Secky hit a three-pointer in the fourth quarter that got a loud reaction -- that's because it gave him 1,516 points for his career, one more than former all-time scoring leader John Papincak (2003-05). Secky sat soon after.
Thanks, as always to Maple Grove statistics guru Kim Rambacher for his cool stat packet.
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8:03 p.m. We're just about ready for pregame introductions. Classy move by Curt Fischer before the game, going up to Randolph's Chris Erdmann, who was resting on crutches at the corner of the court and wishing him well. Erdmann suffered a dislocated ankle in the sectional quarterfinals.
8:23 p.m. After the first quarter, Randolph has a 21-16 lead on Westfield. Randolph senior guard Ashton Brown has lit it up -- he has 14 points and four three-pointers, including a nice fadeaway from the left side just before the buzzer.
8:30 p.m. We have a timeout by Randolph with 4:35 left in the second quarter. Westfield is up, 22-21, taking its first lead on a Michael Bova basket off a nice floating-in-the-lane feed from Marcus Cuevas.
8:34 p.m. Westfield calls a timeout with 2:26 left in the second quarter. Westfield has a 26-23 lead. Randolph's Brady Morrison, a freshman and the younger brother of former Cardinal standouts Brooks and Blake, has three fouls and has just been reinserted into the game.
8:40 p.m. We are at HALFTIME and Westfield has a 29-23 lead thanks to a 13-2 quarter. Westfield was intent on pounding the ball inside to start the game, and it paid off with the foul trouble of Morrison (three) and Mark Milliman (two) and starter Mike Maycock (two). Brown cooled off in the second quarter as Westfield's defense cranked up.
8:58 p.m. Randolph calls a timeout with 3:52 left in the third quarter trailing, 34-32. Brown has heated up again, starting the second half with three more three-pointers for a total of seven. Westfield's Tyler North hit one for Westfield to give it the lead back.
9:05 p.m. At the end of a fun third quarter, Westfield leads Randolph, 43-39.
9:09 p.m. Randolph coach Kevin Hind calls a timeout with Randolph ahead, 47-46. Great series just concluded -- North hit a three-pointer for Westfield, Brady Morrison answered for Randolph, then Brown finished off a fast-break while being fouled to give Randolph its two-point lead.
9:14 p.m. Westfield calls a timeout with 3:49 left in the game because Brown is killing the Wolverines. He has six straight points and now has 39 in the game: 14 in the first quarter, none (!) in the second quarter, 13 in the third and 12 so far in the fourth.
9:23 p.m. Randolph calls a timeout with 1:33 left in the game. The Cardinals lead, 59-52; the score has been that way since Brown hit two free throws with 2:34 left. He now has 43 points. He also has a steal in the last minute. Wow.
9:28 p.m. Westfield scores and calls a timeout -- Randolph leads, 61-56, with 27.0 seconds left. And this just occurred to me: Brown has 45 of Westfield's 61 points. Which is ridiculous!
9:36 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Randolph 65, Westfield 58.
We have another final score: Ashton Brown scored 47 points. Seven three-pointers, nine two-pointers and eight free throws.