Big fourth carries Buffalo East past Clyde-Savannah

Clyde-Savannah’s Marcus Chance, Jr. (0) goes to the basket during fourth quarter action Saturday afternoon. Buffalo East’s Danny Carter (10) defends on the play. Buffalo East defeated Clyde-Savannah, 72-56 and advanced to the NYS Class D semi-final. (Photo: PAUL GOTHAM/PICKIN’ SPLINTERS)


BUFFALO, N.Y. — A short bench combined with an injury caught up to the Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles in the fourth quarter at Buffalo State College, Saturday afternoon.

Willard Anderson and Justin Allen combined for 16 points in the opening four-plus minutes of the final quarter as the Buffalo East Panthers pulled away for a 72-56 victory in NYS Class D Far West Regional action.

Leading by just three points after the third quarter, Anderson’s catch-and-shoot corner three off an inbound pass gave Buffalo East its first double-digit advantage of the game at 57-47 less than 90 seconds into the stanza.

The Panthers did not look back.

“That’s a great team,” Clyde-Savannah head coach Tim Jackson said of Buffalo East. “We gave it everything we had, but we just ran out gas.”

Allen finished the game with 27 points on 12-of-23 shooting. The 6-foot-5 senior forward spearheaded a dominant effort on the boards which saw Buffalo East finish with a 25-rebound advantage.

“We couldn’t contain them on the boards,” Jackson said. “That was the difference. They were getting two and three shots on a possession.”

Allen corralled 20 caroms as East outrebounded Clyde-Savannah, 52-27.

The Panthers converted the effort on the boards into a 40-14 advantage on points in the paint and 21-5 in second-chance points. Buffalo East also a 21-19 edge in points off turnovers.

Anderson scored 27 on 12-of-20 shooting.

Marcus Chance, Jr. paced Clyde-Savannah with 25 points.

Derrick Chance added 19 points including four straight to pull the Golden Eagles within three heading into the final eight minutes. The senior guard finished a floater outside the lane and stole the ensuing inbound pass which he converted into a layup.

Clyde-Savannah trailed 50-47.

“I couldn’t be any prouder than I am of this team,” Jackson said. “The kids fought to the end.”

Clyde-Savannah (21-5) played the season with seven players. Starting guard Dru Carnevale entered the game with a hand injury then came up hobbling early in the second half. He finished with six points on the game.  The Golden Eagles were appearing in the fifth regional game in program history.

This was the fourth different classification in which Buffalo East (18-6) has won a regional under coach Starling Bryant.

The Panthers will play in next weekend’s  NYS Class D semi-final game against the McGraw (III) vs. Harrisville (X) winner.

Marcus Chance 8-20 5-5 25; Dererick Chance 7-14 3-5 19; Dru Carnevale 2-11
0-0 6; Austin Diver 1-5 0-0 3; Jayden McKinney 1-2 0-0 3; Camden Chance 0-3
0-0 0; Kollin Maddox 0-0 0-0 0; Steve Dunn 0-0 0-0 0; Pat Marchitell 0-1 0-0
0; Nicholas Fowler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-56 8-10 56.
Willard Anderson 12-20 0-1 27; Justin Allen 12-23 2-2 27; Waunya Shaw 4-15
0-0 9; Danny Carter 1-6 4-4 6; Jahad Maryon 1-5 0-0 3; Ibrahim Mberwa 0-0
0-0 0; Jaiden Green 0-0 0-0 0; Emmanuel Wilson 0-0 0-0 0; Tynell Ruffins 0-1
0-0 0; Xavier Turner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-70 6-7 72.
Clyde-Savannah…………….   16   15   16    9  –   56
Buffalo East………………   20   12   18   22  –   72
3-point goals–Clyde-Savannah 10-30 (Marcus Chance 4-12; Dererick Chance
2-5; Dru Carnevale 2-8; Austin Diver 1-3; Jayden McKinney 1-2), Buffalo East
6-19 (Willard Anderson 3-9; Justin Allen 1-1; Waunya Shaw 1-5; Jahad Maryon
1-1; Tynell Ruffins 0-1; Danny Carter 0-2). Fouled out–Clyde-Savannah-None,
Buffalo East-None. Rebounds–Clyde-Savannah 27 (Dru Carnevale 7), Buffalo
East 52 (Justin Allen 20). Assists–Clyde-Savannah 10 (Dru Carnevale 4),
Buffalo East 14 (Willard Anderson 5). Total fouls–Clyde-Savannah 11,
Buffalo East 14. Technical fouls–Clyde-Savannah-None, Buffalo East-None.

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