Greeting from Buffalo State, where the Class B-2 semifinal between Charter School of Applied Technology (14-5) and Cassadaga Valley is underway. Later on, the Class B-1 semifinals will tip off, starting with unbeaten and top seed Dunkirk (19-0) against No. 5 Lackawanna (11-8). The nightcap feature No. 3 Tonawanda (16-3) against No. 2 Newfane (15-4).
Class B-2 semifinal: Cassadaga Valley vs. CSAT
First quarter: Dustin Schauman was the difference as he scored eight points to push Cass Valley to a 17-14 lead.
Halftime: Cass Valley 31, CSAT 28. The pace of the game was uptempo, but that seemed to be to CV's advantage. CSAT managed to keep it close with a good finish to the second quarter.
Third quarter: Cass Valley 46, CSAT 36.CV took advantage of some turnovers and better offensive execution to build a double-digit margin. CSAT is fighting an uphill battle. Every time it closes the gap, CV finds a way to extend the lead again.
Final: Cass Valley 57, CSAT 49. The fourth quarter was much like the entire game. Every time CSAT made a charge, CV came up with big plays to extend its lead. Schauman led four players in double figures with 15 points. Robert Glover added 12 points, including five in the final minute to put the game away.
The Cougars advance to the final against the winner Tuesday's game between No. 1 Wilson (15-4) and No. 5 Cleveland Hill (12-7).
Class B-1 semifinal: Lackawanna vs. Dunkirk
First quarter: Lackawanna 9, Dunkirk 8. Dunkirk fell behind 7-0 and looked very tight early. The Marauders aren't used to playing on such a big stage against this level of competition. It didn't help their cause that top scorer Vinny Bomasuto picked up three fouls in the first five minutes of the game.
Halftime: Lackawanna 21, Dunkirk 18. The Steelers led the entire first half, overcoming a height disadvantage with superior quickness. Christian Cheatom was effective slicing inside for layups and short jumpers. However, the Marauders had to go into the break feeling good with Bomasuto missing almost the entire first half with foul trouble.
Third quarter: Lackawanna 36, Dunkirk 30. Bomasuto finally gets in the scorebook with a layup with 54 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to one. But Cheatom scores the last five points of the quarter as Dunkirk struggles to keep him out of the lane.
Final score: Lackawanna 48, Dunkirk 39. Cheatom was clearly the best player on the floor, scoring 19 points and imposing his will on the defensive end. Bomasuto, who poured in 47 points during a 40-point win over Buffalo Arts (how many came with the game out of hand?), finished with only nine. The Steelers move on to their first sectional final since 2007.
Class B-1 semifinal: Newfane vs. Tonawanda
First quarter: Newfane 17, Tonawanda 6. It was the Dan Hambruch show as he scored 13 points to give Newfane a big advantage early.
Halftime: Newfane 31, Tonawanda 18. It was beginning to look like a blowout when Newfane built a 24-6 lead. But Tonawanda got more aggressive on defense and forced turnovers during a 10-0 run. It would be the last time this game was competitive.
Third quarter: Newfane 45, Tonawanda 25. Newfane took the game over with effort. It got more loose balls and battled under the basket for offensive rebounds that were converted into baskets. It will take a monumental effort for Tonawanda to get back in this one.
Final score: Newfane 63, Tonawanda 38. Hambruch scored 25 while Rohn Pierce had 16. Clayton Hess led Tonawanda with 14.
Here's the game story for the night.
And here's a poll on the first confirmed matchup for Saturday: