Section V Finals Preview: Boys’ Basketball Class C1

Ranked No. 8 NYSSWA Class C, the C.G. Finney Falcons have won eight of nine game entering Friday’s Class C1 final.

Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial is the setting when Finger Lakes West meets the Private-Parochial League for the Section V Class C1 crown. Here’s the breakdown:

No. 1 MARCUS WHITMAN (20-2/Finger Lakes West) vs. No. 3 CHARLES G. FINNEY (18-3/Private-Parochial)

When: Friday, March 1, 9 PM

Where: Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial

How they got here: Marcus Whitman defeated No. 8 Canisteo-Greenwood, 88-47, in the quarterfinals and No. 4 Avon, 63-51, in the semifinals. C.G. Finney beat No. 6 East Rochester, 85-72, in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Gananda, 72-44, in the semis.

History 101: C.G. Finney took two consecutive Section V titles in 2016 and 2017 when the Falcons played in Class D1. Current seniors Caleb Anger, Keegan Ocorr, and Xavier Smith held a spot on those sectional squads. Marcus Whitman’s prior Section V championship dates back to 1976. A year ago, the Wildcats played in the semis as the No. 5 seed, losing to NYS finalist Northstar Christian. The year prior, in 2016-17, Marcus Whitman held the Class C1 No. 2 seed.

How they match up: Marcus Whitman rides a seven-game win streak; C.G. Finney has won eight of its last nine. Whitman averages 63.7 points per game, while holding opponents to a low 40.10 average. Finney’s average is about 13 points higher, sitting at 76.95 points per game. The Falcons hold opponents to 58.16 points.

Players to watch for Marcus Whitman: Jon Donovan Sr. G 12 PPG, 5.0 APG; Seth Benedict Jr. G 12 PPG, 6.0 RPG; Liam Prendergast Jr. F 11 PPG,  8.0 RPG.

For C.G. Finney: Markus Robinson 8th Grade G 22.6 PPG; Keegan Ocorr Sr. G 22.3 PPG, 1,642 career points; Caleb Anger Sr. F/G 11.1 PPG.

Coaches: Greg O’Connor (Marcus Whitman), Joe Marchand (C.G. Finney)

What’s at stake: The winner advances to the NYS Class C Far West Regional Qualifier.

Screen grab courtesy of Section V Athletics.

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