By JOHN LIKANJE
ROCHESTER – Wednesday night at Bath-Haverling High School, the Avoca Tigers held off Prattsburgh, 59-57, in the Steuben County division championship to earn Team of the Week. LaDre Stanford, Tristan Stark and Brady Brandow combined for 46 points. Stanford scored 17, hauled in 12 rebounds, dished out six assists and swiped five steals. Stark netted 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Brandow contributed 12 points. For the Avoca Tigers (18-2/No. 3 NYSSWA Class D), it was their first division title since 1990 when they won three straight. Furthermore, Michael Stowe’s squad avenged a 61-60 loss to the Prattsburgh Vikings (No. 2 NYSSWA Class D/No. 5 PS SS Poll) from back on January 15. At the time, both squads were the top two state-ranked teams in the Class D poll. The Tigers enter sectionals as the top seed in the Class D1 bracket. Stowe’s squad plays the winner of Alfred-Almond/Kendall on Saturday night at 7 PM at Avoca High School.
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Gates-Chili (No. 5 PS LS Poll) won back-to-back games in as many days against Webster Thomas, 88-87, and Churchville-Chili, 72-59, to secure the Monroe County Division II title. The Spartans enter sectionals as the No. 2 seed in the Class AA bracket and will play the winner of Webster Schroeder/Penfield. McQuaid (No. 24 NYSSWA Class AA/No. 4 PS LS Poll) took down archrival Aquinas Monday night and defeated Leadership Wednesday to win the RCAC Upper division title. The Knights enter sectionals as the No. 3 seed in the Class AA bracket and will play the winner of Webster Thomas/Victor. Greece Odyssey (No. 22 NYSSWA Class B/No. 2 PS SS Poll) defended home court against School of the Arts, 65-47, and won two straight road games over Honeoye Falls-Lima, 90-63, and local rival Greece Olympia, 72-68. The Leopards enter sectionals as the top seed in the Class B1 bracket and will play the winner of Livonia/Midlakes. Newark (No. 7 PS SS Poll) won a pair of home games over Geneva, 44-37, and Wayne (No. 10 PS LS Poll), 69-63, to extend its win streak to seven. The Reds enter sectionals as the No. 2 seed in the Class B1 bracket and will play the winner of Batavia/Palmyra-Macedon. Mount Morris (No. 9 NYSSWA Class D) defeated Pavilion Monday night, 79-52, and Perry Wednesday, 69-56, to win the Livingston County Division Three title. The Blue Devils enter sectionals as the No. 2 seed in the Class D1 bracket and will play the winner of Batavia-Notre Dame/Hammondsport.
WHEN OPPOSITE FORCES MEET SECTIONALS EDITION
Here are upcoming first-round sectional matchups featuring top-ranked offenses versus top-ranked defenses:
Honeoye Falls-Lima vs. Leadership – Honeoye Falls-Lima allows 60.3 points per game while Leadership scores 77.4. Game set to tip off Wednesday afternoon at 4 PM at Leadership Academy.
Holley vs. Avon – Holley is giving up 56.8 points per game and Avon (No. 8 PS SS Poll) is scoring 66.2. Game set to tip off Tuesday night at 7 PM at Avon High School.
Cuba-Rushford vs. Geneseo – Cuba-Rushford scores 65.0 points per game while Geneseo allows 51.3. Game set to tip off Tuesday night at 7 PM at Geneseo High School.
Arkport-Canaseraga vs. Genesee Valley – Arkport-Canaseraga allows 52.4 points per game and Genesee Valley scores 65.9. Game set to tip off Wednesday night at 7 PM at Genesee Valley High School.
Hammondsport vs. Batavia-Notre Dame – Hammondsport is allowing 46.8 points per game while Batavia-Notre Dame is scoring 62.3. Game set to tip off Wednesday night at 7 PM at Notre Dame High School.