Section V Semifinal Preview: Boys’ Basketball Class D2

It’s Steuben County versus Finger Lakes West in one semifinal. Genesee Region meets Allegany County in the other. Here’s the breakdown:

No. 1 PRATTSBURGH (18-3/Steuben County) vs. No. 5 ROMULUS (8-13/Finger Lakes West) Feb. 25, 6 p.m. at Haverling

Scoring offense: Prattsburgh (70.90 PPG), Romulus (48.45 PPG)

Scoring defense: Prattsburgh (53.65 PPG), Romulus (56.65 PPG)

Streak: Prattsburgh has won three of its last four. Romulus has won two of its last seven.

How they got here: Prattsburgh got going quickly thanks to 18 first quarter points for Mason Putnam, leading 26-6 after one, and rolled through No. 8 seed Destiny Christian 99-68 in the quarterfinals.

Romulus upset No. 4 seed Andover 59-46 in the quarterfinals.

Last time they met:  This will be the first matchup between Prattsburgh and Romulus this season.

Players to Watch for PrattsburghMason Putnam Jr. 31.5 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.8 steals, 3.8 APG, 1,640 career points (seventh on active scoring leader list); Kris Johnson So. 11.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG; James Crowder So. 8.7 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 5.0 APG.

Romulus: Camden Derby Jr., Spencer John Sr., Max Mapstone Sr. and Daryl Morrell Jr.

Screen grab courtesy of Section V Athletics.

No. 2 ELBA (16-5/Genesee Region Division II) vs. No. 3 BELFAST (15-6/Allegany County Division II) Feb. 25 7 p.m. at Warsaw

Scoring offense: Elba (59.25 PPG), Belfast (62.00 PPG)

Scoring defense: Elba (52.10 PPG), Belfast (53.85 PPG)

Streak: Elba has won two of its last three. Belfast has won five straight.

How they got here: Colton Dillon knocked down 10 shots for 31 points to lead Elba past No. 7 seed Bradford 70-30 in the quarterfinals.

Belfast drubbed No. 6 seed Houghton 71-43 in the quarterfinals.

Last time they met:  This will be the teams’ first meeting this season.

Players to Watch for Elba: Jon Boyce Sr. 17 double-doubles (tied for third-most in Section V); Colton Dillon Jr. 13 double-doubles (tied for seventh-most in Section V).

BelfastAdam Enders Sr. 27.7 PPG, 2,442 career points (second among active scoring leaders); Kevin McCumiskey Sr. 13.7 PPG.

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