All Wayne County at BCA after NR-W rallies late

The semifinal rounds of the Section V boys basketball play-offs concluded on Wednesday night and just three Wayne-Finger Lakes teams are still alive heading into Championship Weekend at the Blue Cross Arena, all three from the historic Wayne County League.Three W-FL teams were in action on Wednesday night, one from each league.

Pal-Mac representing the East and then #3 Marcus Whitman, out of the West, facing Wayne County runner-up and #2 seed North Rose-Wolcott in a Class B2 semifinal game in Waterloo.Pal-Mac took on top seeded Leadership Academy and saw their season come to an end, losing 83-54, just one game short of the Class B1 sectional finals. The Red Raiders couldn’t handle Leadership’s duo of Keith McGee who finished with 24 and Shabazz Mosley who notched 22.

For Pal-Mac, sophomore Damien Wright scored 16 and fellow sophomore Brandon Hawkins had 10.The future is bright for Dan Harris’ Palmyra-Macedon program as they return three of their top scorers next season. That is little consolation for the three seniors who played their final games in a Pal-Mac uniform last night. Starting point guard Noah West, big man Ben Bracy graduate along with bench contributor Tyler Hurlbutt. Look for Hurlbutt on the golf course this spring as well as on the lacrosse field, both venues where he excels.

Meanwhile in Waterloo…In what may have been one of the games of the year involving Wayne-Finger Lakes teams, the North Rose-Wolcott Cougars rallied late in the fourth quarter to overcome a six point deficit with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter and advance to face Wellsville in the Class B2 title game on Sunday at the Blue Cross Arena.

Neither of these programs had been this close to a Sectional final game in over a decade. For Marcus Whitman, before defeating Bath-Haverling last week, they hadn’t won a Sectional game since 2001 when their current coach, Greg O’ Connor, was the Wildcats’ starting point guard. For North Rose-Wolcott, they have never won a Sectional title since the two schools merged in 1969. Before that, North Rose last won a Sectional championship in 1933.

There was a lot of history working against both teams, and a ton of opportunity ahead for the winner.With just over a minute left in the fourth quarter, Whitman big man Brad Stone scored to build the Wildcats lead to 6, their biggest margin of the game. In fact, just 45 seconds earlier, NR-W held a four-point advantage behind an outstanding second half performance by sophomore guard Tyler Norris.

That lead quickly evaporated thank to an incredible offensive explosion from senior point guard Caleb Green, who when faced with the end of his high school career, scored 8 straight points in less than a minute of game time. He buried a three pointer from the corner, then calmly pulled up and tossed in a second three pointer from the top of the key, and on the ensuing possession, knocked down an open foul line jumper. When Stone followed Green’s outburst to put Whitman up 6, it was the 20th lead change of the game and it appeared likely to be the last.But, the Cougars weren’t done.

After Luke Gerstner missed a baseline jumper with 57 seconds left, Garrett Hoyt ripped the ball away from the Whitman rebounder and immediately scored and was fouled. Suddenly, North Rose-Wolcott had life. Hoyt made the free throw and it was a one possession game again. Coach Hoyt put a full court press on, still with 3 fouls to give until the bonus, for the first time in the game after the made free throw and Whitman struggled with the pressure.

With 40 seconds left Tyler Norris intercepted the inbound pass and laid it in to pull within one. After a missed free throw by Caleb Green, senior big man Jake Stephenson scored in the paint and was fouled to give the Cougars the lead back with 20 seconds left in the game. Stephenson would complete the three point play, then snare a defensive rebound with 2.8 seconds left and would head to the line and make both ends of a one-and-one to build the lead to 4 and secure a thrilling 69-64 victory.- Check out the wild end of the 4th quarter on FL1 Sports here.

Caleb Green and Brad Stone led the Wildcat scoring with 15 each while sophomore power forward Gavin McCumisky scored 12 before fouling out late in the 4th. Marcus Whitman’s season ends with a record of 14-6.All but four points of the Cougars total output came from three players. Stevenson’s four clutch free throws gave him 23 points on the night to lead all scorers. He also recorded a double-double pulling down eleven rebounds. Junior forward Garrett Hoyt scored 22 while Tyler Norris finished with 20.

Check out FL1 Sports’ post game interview with Stevenson here.North-Rose Wolcott will face top seed Wellsville at the Blue Cross Arena on Sunday at 3:00 pm. You can follow all the action live on FL1 Sports.You can watch a full replay of the Class B2 semifinal in Waterloo on FingerLakes1.TV beginning at 1:30 pm on Thursday here.

Full Sectional Results from Wednesday Night

CLASS AA (5) Irondequoit 56 (1) Aquinas 82 (7) Bishop Kearney 51 (3) Fairport 62

CLASS A2 (4) College Prep 48 (1) Batavia 58

CLASS B1 (4) Palmyra-Macedon 54 (1) Leadership Academy 83 (3) Hornell 48 (2) Livonia 60

CLASS B2 (4) Dansville 61 (1) Wellsville 86 (3) Marcus Whitman 65 (2) North Rose-Wolcott 69

CLASS D1 (5) Jasper-Troupsburg 39 (1) Genesee Valley 58 (3) Mt. Morris 45 (2) Notre Dame-Batavia 62

CLASS D2 (5) Houghton 41 (1) Northstar Christian 65 (6) CG Finney 67 (2) Prattsburgh 72

So, the Cougars join East Rochester, who defeated Mynderse in the Class C1 semifinals, and the Lyons Lions, winners over Wheatland-Chili in Bloomfield on Monday night in Class C3, as the only three Wayne-Finger Lakes teams to advance to Championship Weekend at the Blue Cross Arena. All three schools compete in the Wayne County League. Ironically, Red Creek, who won the league this year for the first time in their school’s history, was knocked off on a late Geneseo bucket in the Class C2 semis or it could have been four Wayne County teams.

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