Lyons and Northstar Christian vie for spot in Far West Regional

Zac Young and the Lyons Lions are looking to reach regionals for the 11th time in program history. (Photo: PAUL GOTHAM/PICKIN’ SPLINTERS)

What: Section V Class C NYS Far West Regional Qualifier

Who: Section V Class C1 champion Northstar Christian Academy (23-1/Independent) vs. Section V Class C2 champion Lyons (20-3/Wayne County).

When: Wednesday March 7, 6:30 PM.

Where: Rush-Henrietta High School.

How they arrived here: Northstar Christian opened sectionals with an 89-24 win over No. 16 seed North Rose-Wolcott. The Knights followed with a 99-69 victory over East Rochester in the quarter-finals and a 66-42 triumph over No. 5 Marcus Whitman in the semis  before beating No. 2 Pembroke 80-72 to claim their 3rd straight sectional title.

 

Lyons beat No. 14 Rochester Prep, 73-61 in the opening round. The Lions defeated No. 11 Warsaw, 84-59 in the quarters and No. 7 Cuba-Rushford, 92-50 in the semis. Lyons knocked off top-seeded Perry in the final, 58-53.

What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Far West Regional against Section VI champion Tapestry Charter (17-6). A 1:45 PM tip off is scheduled Saturday at Buffalo State College.

History 101: Northstar Christian has won three straight Section V championships and four overall. Lyons is second only to East High (24) with 18 all-time Section V titles.

Trends: Northstar has scored 87.2 points per game while allowing 59.1. The Lyons offense has accounted for 71.4 points while giving up 54.2 per game. Northstar Christian currently ranks No. 2 NYSSWA, Lyons is No. 10. Northstar junior Miles Brown scored his 2,000th point earlier in sectionals. Lyons junior Justice Smith reached the 1,000-point plateau during the regular season.

 

Players to Watch for Northstar Christian: Miles Brown Jr. G 30.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 6.2 apg, Michael Brown 12.4 ppg, 6.4 apg Jr. G, Matthew Medeiros Sr. G 13.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg and Tray Roberts Sr. G 13.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg).

Players to Watch for Lyons: Justice Smith Jr. G/F 22 ppg, 8 rpg, 6 apg and David Weaver Jr. G 13 ppg (hit 10 threes in one game this season).

Coaches: JJ Garwood (Northstar Christian) and Zac Young (Lyons).

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