Section V Semifinal Preview: Boys’ Basketball Class D1

Avoca’s LaDre Stanford enters the semifinals with 15 double-doubles (fifth in Section V) and 1,753 career points (fourth on the active scoring list). The senior guard has averaged 20.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and five steals per game this season. (Photo provided)

Steuben County meets Allegany County while Livingston County tangles with Allegany County when Class D1 heads to the semifinals. Here’s the breakdown:

No. 1 AVOCA (19-2/Steuben County) vs. No. 5 GENESEE VALLEY (15-7/Allegany County Division I) Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6 PM at Wayland-Cohocton.

Scoring offense: Avoca (72.80 PPG), Genesee Valley (66.90 PPG)

Scoring defense: Avoca (50.55 PPG), Genesee Valley (56.25 PPG)

Streak: Avoca has won eight straight. Genesee Valley has won four consecutive games.

How they got here: Nathan Nunn dropped 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to help Avoca push past No. 8 seed Alfred-Almond 74-53 in the quarterfinals.

Genesee Valley defeated No. 4 seed Fillmore 76-65 in the quarterfinals.

Last time they met:  The game will mark the teams first matchup of the season.

Players to Watch for AvocaLaDre Stanford Sr. 20.5 PPG, 10.6 RPG, 3.6 APG, 5.0 steals, 15 double-doubles (fifth most in Section V), 1,753 career points (fourth on active scoring list); Nathan Nunn Sr. 20.3 PPG, 7.0 RPG; Brady Brandow Jr. 10.3 PPG; Devin Stowe Jr. 7.1 PPG, 6.2 APG; Tristan Stark Jr. 8.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG.

Genesee Valley: Cody Schneider Jr. 23.7 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 16 double-doubles (tied for fourth-most in Section V); Evan Windus Jr. 14.9 PPG, 10.4 RPG; Josh McGuire Sr. 10.5 PPG.

Screen grab courtesy of Section V Athletics

No. 2 MOUNT MORRIS (18-3/Livingston County Division III) vs. No. 3 SCIO (16-5/Allegany County Division II) Tuesday, Feb. 26, 8 PM at Wayland-Cohocton.

Scoring offense: Mount Morris (67.50 PPG), Scio (58.45 PPG)

Scoring defense: Mount Morris (50.60 PPG), Scio (42.25 PPG)

Streak: Mount Morris has won its last 14 games. Scio has won five of their last six.

How they got here: Jansel Martinez’s 24 points, seven rebounds and four rebounds propelled Mount Morris over No. 7 seed Batavia-Notre Dame 77-43 in the quarterfinals.

Scio survived a scare in the quarterfinals, beating No. 11 seed Honeoye 56-55.

Last time they met:  The two teams will meet for the first time this year.

Players to Watch for Mount MorrisJansel Martinez Jr. 14.0 PPG; Cameron Regal Sr. 15.9 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 17 double-doubles (tied for third-most in Section V); Dylan Cicero Sr. 12.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG.

ScioCameron Loucks So. 16.7 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 17 double-doubles (tied for third-most in Section V); Carter Scholla Sr. 15.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG; Brendan Graves Jr. 10.0 PPG, 6.3 APG.

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