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Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017: West Genesee wins Section 3 hockey final in OT

   Leading off today: Jay Considine scored a power play goal with 4:28 remaining in the first overtime to give West Genesee a 2-1 win over Syracuse for the Section 3 Division I boys hockey championship.

   Considine's score was set up after goalie Sammy Colabufo (30 saves) denied a Syracuse shorthanded chance in his end. Considine gathered the puck in his zone, raced down to the left wing and jammed a shot between the pads of Syracuse goalie Jake Polacek.

   The goal advanced the Wildcats, state finalists a year ago, to a home game against the Section 6 champion next Saturday in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association quarterfinals.

   "This is us in the postseason," coach Frank Colabufo told Syracuse.com. "Fortunately, we've had the opportunity to get ourselves into these games. We just try to stick to a simple formula. It worked again today. I don't think we were unnerved by the moment. Someone had to make a play, and today it was Jay."

    • The line of Ray Falso, Matt Benson and Reggie Buell (two goals, two assists) combined for four goals and four assists as Skaneateles beat Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt 6-0 for the Section 3 Division II championship. Goalie Chris Falso made 21 saves as the Lakers advanced to a state quarterfinal Saturday vs. the Section 10 representative.

   End of the reign: Nahziah Carter had 15 points and six rebounds to lead Bishop Kearney to a 50-48 victory over defending NYSPHSAA Class AA state champion Aquinas in the Section 5 boys basketball quarterfinals.

   Patrick Thomas had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who will face Fairport in Wednesday's semifinals.

   Jalen Pickett led Aquinas (15-7) with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

   Coaching milestone: Buddy Brasky won his 400th boys basketball game in Batavia's 59-49 victory over Honeoye Falls-Lima in the Section 5 Class A quarterfinals. Antwan Odom led the way with 22 points, including 17 in the second half.

   Odom was 10-for-11 from the free-throw line as Batavia advanced to the semifinals against Rochester Wilson, which upset No. 1 seed Leadership Academy 67-62.

   "A coach is only as good as their players and I've been extremely blessed over the years to have committed, good players," Brasky said.

   More boys basketball: LaSalle pulled off a 54-48 upset of Shenendehowa in the Section 2 Class AA quarterfinals. Joe DeLollo's 3-pointer from the corner broke the Plainsmen's momentum during a third-quarter rally and advanced the Cadets.

   DeLollo finished with a team-leading 15 points. Earlier, Kyle Borey scored 10 of the first 14 LaSalle points as the Cadets raced out to a 20-8 lead that would eventually become a 17-point advantage. Shen has closed to within 10 late in the third before DeLollo's 3-pointer.

  


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    • Chittenango junior Zach Falkenburg scored 39 points in a Section 3 Class D semifinal to beat Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 60-52.

   "You watch the film and he does so many things for us and he can do so many things," Chittenango coach John Clancy said. "I was kind of waiting for this."

   Following up: Rush-Henrietta junior Lanae-Tava Thomas broke one of her own Section 5 records Saturday, going 20-11 in the long jump in the state qualifier at Rochester Institute of Technology.

   Thomas broke the mark she set during last year's qualifier, also at RIT, by eight inches.

   ICYMI: We recapped the finals from Saturday's NYSPHSAA wrestling tournament in an earlier blog.


  
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