Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial is the setting when RCAC meets Monroe County for the Section V Class A2 crown. Here’s the breakdown:
No. 1 EAST (21-1/RCAC Lower) vs. No. 6 PITTSFORD SUTHERLAND (15-8/Monroe County III)
When: Saturday, March 2, 5 PM
Where: Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial
How they got here: East defeated No. 8 Leadership, 68-61, in the quarterfinals and No. 4 Wayne, 53-36, in the semifinals. Pittsford Sutherland defeated No. 11 Vertus, 76-45, in the first round, surged past No. 3 NE Douglass, 57-55, in the quarterfinals, and took down No. 10 Wilson Magnet, 60-45, in the semifinals.
History 101: East is in its first sectional final since 2014. That year, the top-seeded Eagles defeated No. 6 Edison Tech, 49-46, to win the class A1 title. Pittsford Sutherland advances to the final for the second time in the last four years. In 2016, the No. 3 seed Knights surged past top-seeded Greece Athena, 60-43, to claim the class A1 title.
How they match up: East rides a seven-game winning streak. Pittsford Sutherland has won six of seven. East is averaging 82.6 points per game and allowing 62.2. Pittsford Sutherland scores 61.5 PPG while giving up 54.3.
Players to watch for East: Zechariah Harris-Scott Jr. F 19.3 PPG, 16 double-doubles; Dyllon Scott Jr. F 16.6 PPG, 11 double-doubles; Chaz Washington Sr. G 15.9 PPG, 1,202 career varsity points; Damani Barley Fr. G 11.3 PPG
Pittsford Sutherland: Kevin Ryan Sr. F 19.5 PPG, 1,173 career varsity points, 13 double-doubles; John Luther Sr. G 10.2 PPG; Ben DiGiovanni Jr. G 9.5 PPG; Matt Panara Sr. G 7.3 PPG
Coaches: Darrell Barley (East), John Nally (Pittsford Sutherland)
What’s at stake: The winner advances to the NYS Class A Far West Regional Qualifier to play the winner of Pittsford Mendon vs. Greece Athena.