Newark & Pal-Mac to meet at Blue Cross in All-FL East title game

It was a banner night for the Finger Lakes East boys varsity basketball league on Wednesday night as the 2016 league champion Newark Reds, and the third place Pal-Mac Red Raiders both claimed victory in their respective Class B1 semifinal match-ups to set up an all-FL East championship game at the Blue Cross Arena on Sunday.Check out all the details, media, and results from across Section V on the final night of sectional semifinal play below…


Coach Bob Havarilla’s Newark Reds (16-6) are headed to the Blue Cross Arena and the Section V Class B1 title game after their 60-45 victory over the #3 seed Hornell Red Raiders in the B1 semifinal game played at Penn Yan Academy on Wednesday night.

Newark junior guard Brian Sharp got the Reds going early with seven first quarter points giving his team an 11-8 first quarter lead. It was a team effort offensively for Newark in the second quarter with 6 players scoring in the period to lift the Reds to a 29-21 lead at the break. The second half was more Newark as senior point guard Jose Santell scored 11 of his team high 18 points in the second half and sophomore big man Taylor Clements made five-of-six free throws in the fourth quarter to secure a 15 point win.

More than the offense, it was the stingy Newark defense that held Hornell to just 45 points on the night as Hornell’s Sam Dagon scored 21 points but held all other Red Raiders players to single digit totals.Newark sophomore Ben Cowles seemed to be involved in every rebound and loose ball finishing with 7 points and 10 rebounds. Clements finished with 15 points, Sharp totalled 11, and Nate Beard scored 5.

Newark’s Jose Santell sat in with Jim Sinicropi and Kevin Korzeniewski on the Dr. Rod Littlejohn Smiles with Style Postgame Show on FL1 Radio following the Reds victory over Hornell…

Listen to the entire call from the Newark-Hornell Class B1 girls-boys doubleheader on FL1 Radio here.Check out our live stream of the full video replay of the Newark-Hornell game Thursday morning at 11:00 am on FingerLakes1.TV.Brendan Harrington filed this report from Victor after Pal-Mac’s semifinal win…


The Pal-Mac Red Raiders are headed back to the Blue Cross Arena for the first time in four seasons after upsetting top-seeded Livonia, 57-54, in the Section V Class B1 semifinals Wednesday night at Victor High School. The Red Raiders fell behind early, 11-2, but used a dominant transition game and five three-pointers from senior guard Holdon Knorr to control the game the rest of the way. Pal-Mac (14-7) had to hold on for dear life in the fourth quarter, however, as the Red Raiders led by nine with less than a minute to play but missed four free throws in the final 38 seconds. Livonia (18-3) had two chances to tie the game with a three-pointer in the final 10 seconds but couldn’t connect on either shot.

“This is really special for this group,” Pal-Mac head coach Dan Harris said following the win. “They’ve put a lot of work in. We played a tougher schedule this year and we went to two team camps this summer. The goal has been to get to the Blue Cross Arena…and now that we’re going we might as well go there and win.” Knorr led all scorers with 17 points while junior guard Damien Wright added 15. Senior forward Jayden Colf, not usually known for his scoring, netted all 10 of his points during a key stretch in the second half.”He [Colf] is a senior, he sees what’s in front of him, and the opportunity that is in front of him,” said Harris. “We’ve been all about team this year…sometimes it’s sacrificing and sometimes it’s putting yourself out there… and tonight he put himself out there.”Livonia was playing without its leading scorer, Ricky Allen, who missed the game because of an ankle injury.

The Bulldogs made it a game mainly because of their perimeter shooting, nailing 12 3-pointers including three in the game’s first three minutes. The Bulldogs didn’t get their first two-point field goal until midway through the second half.Christian Dulaney and Maddux Minton each finished with 14 points while C.J. Richardson added 11. Pal-Mac’s leading scorer, Brandon Hawkins, was held to just four points but had a number of key assists in transition and did a great job using his quickness to get into the gaps of Livonia’s 2-3 zone.

“I think our transition basketball was a key for us tonight, the way we get up and down the court,” said Harris. “We’re not huge, we’re not real tall up front, but one of our things is athleticism and quickness, and we got to the spots we needed to get to tonight.”The Raiders had two chances to put the game away in the final 15.5 seconds at the free throw line, but both Knorr and Hawkins missed the front end of a one-and-one with their team up by three points. After Jon Mohnkern’s desperation heave at the buzzer rattled off the backboard, the Red Raiders’ bench rushed the floor and the celebration was on.

Pal-Mac will face Finger Lakes East rival Newark in the Section V Class B1 title game on Sunday at 7:00 PM at the Blue Cross Arena.

The Reds rolled past Hornell on Wednesday night in Penn Yan, 60-45. The two teams split their two regular season meetings with both teams winning on their home floors. “We know Newark well,” said Harris looking ahead to the matchup at BCA. “I think for our region it’s great to have two Finger Lakes teams there. I think it’s awesome.”

Brendan Harrington of FL1 Sports talks to Pal-Mac Head Coach Dan Harris following the Red Raiders’ win over Livonia in Victor, NY on Wednesday night…

Also on Wednesday night, a great final four in Class AA played out at the Blue Cross Arena…(4) Bishop Kearney 44 (1) Fairport 46 BK (16-6) – Quinton Rose 13; Nahziah Carter 9, 9 reb, 3 stl; Devin Green 5, 11 rebFPT (18-3) – Dan Masino 16 (3-3pt; made 2 FTs with :12 left in 4th Q to clinch win), 9 reb; Matthew Keenan 11, 3 ast; * Fairport trailed by 12 with 1:57 left in 3Q and outscored BK 18-8 in 4Q

(3) Aquinas 63 (2) East 48 AQ (20-3) – Jason Hawkes 22, 11 reb; Earnest Edwards 17 (3-3pt), 3 stl; Jamir Jones 4, 10 rebEH (18-3) – Windell Lucas 16, 7 reb; Javar Collier 9, 4 reb

And in the girls Section V Tournament on Wednesday night…

Wayland-Cohocton 48, Mynderse 34
* Way-Co now coached by former Mynderse girls varsity coach Al Best.

Hornell 48, Newark 40 (FL1 Sports broadcast on FL1 Radio)

South Seneca 61, Bolivar-Richburg 30

Avon defeated East Rochester

Wellsville 60, LeRoy 54

Cal-Mum 46, Letchworth 40

Oakfield-Alabama vs. Perry (no report)


Friday, February 26th at 5:00 PM
Blue Cross Arena
Jim Sinicropi & Zac Young on FL1 Radio

Friday, February 26th at 9:00 PM
Blue Cross Arena
Jim Sinicropi & Zac Young on FL1 Radio

Saturday, February 27th at 11:00 AM
Rush-Henrietta HS
Dave Barnick & TBA / FL1 Radio

Sunday, February 28th, at 7:00 PM
Blue Cross Arena
Brendan Harrington and Tane Robinson on FL1 Radio


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