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Saturday, March 18, 2017: What a start to the weekend for Sec. 4 boys

   Leading off today: The debut of the NYSPHSAA boys basketball tournament at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton was a success for Section 4 on Friday as Newfield and Moravia advanced to the finals.

   Class D: Quintel Clements (14 points) took a steal the length of the court with :12.8 to play to give Newfield a 65-62 win in double overtime vs. Harrisville, sending the Trojans into the championship game.

   Newfield, which last played for a championship in 1986, was paced by Stephen LaBarge's 26 points on his 17th birthday. He scored five of the team's seven in the second OT.

   Trenton Sullivan of Harrisville put back an offensive rebound to tie the game at 51 with 2:10 to play in regulation. Newfield stole the ball with less than a minute left, but a LaBarge 3-pointer missed the mark in the closing moments.

   The Pirates tied at 58 late in the first OT on a putback by Jadon Sullivan.

    • Moriah ran past Franklinville 82-64 in the other semifinal kicking off the first day of the tournament.

   The Vikings shot 50 percent from the floor as four players hit double-figures, led by 29 points from junior guard Dylan Trombley.

   Moriah jumped out to leads of 13-3 and 18-6 as Joey Stahl (13 points) knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.

   Sam Erickson led Franklinville's all-junior starting lineup with 26 points.

   Class C: Lake George shot 53 percent from the field and advanced to the NYSPHSAA championship game for the third time since 2013 by beating Northstar Christian 65-49.

   Mason Flatley came through with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.

   Northstar came into the contest averaging 81 points a game but was held to 30 percent shooting.

   "We knew they were quicker than us, so our goal was to contain that middle," guard Caleb Scrime told The Post-Star. "We watched film on them and knew they liked to drive towards the middle. So just contain that and get out on -- we identified two shooters (Miles Brown and Matthew Medeiros) -- so try to get out on them."

   Brown (27 points) was the only Northstar player to finish in double figures. Meanwhile, Scrime led the Warriors with 22 points and was 4-for-5 in the second quarter, including three 3-point baskets.

   Lake George outrebounded Northstar 41-22 with Zeke Reynolds grabbing a game-high 13.     • Senior Gabe Short scored 18 points and Jordan Crossgrove added 14 points as Moravia held off Stony Brook 55-53 to give host Section 4 its second finalist of the day.

   Short made three 3-pointers in the second quarter as Moravia outscored Stony Brook 27-6 to take a 19-point halftime lead.

   Stony Brook cut the lead to two points twice in the fourth quarter and guard Brandon Providence had a chance to tie with two free throws with seven-tenths of a second left but missed the first.

   Class B: Sophomore star Declan Porter scored 27 points, grabbed eight rebound and dished out five assists to spark Canton past Buffalo Health Sciences 67-55.

   Three-pointers from Porter and Andy Downs highlighted a 13-2 run that enabled Canton to take control early. Health Sciences scored eight straight points to take the lead on a three-point play by Davonte Gaines. After Porter tied

it with a short jumper, Gaines hit a 3-pointer to give the Falcons a 32-29 lead only to see Porter follow with a 3-pointer and then a three-point play with 5:01 left in the third to hand the Golden Bears the lead for good.

   "Studying them on film we knew transition offense was going to be key in this game," Canton coach Troy Lassial told The Buffalo News. "Our goal was make or miss ... we were going to try to get a basket within seven seconds. That's been our plan all year. ... The goal is to get a layup. It happened often tonight. I'm just glad we made the layups."

    • Westhill's bid for its fourth championship in eight seasons remained intact with a 71-58 win over Center Moriches to conclude the Day 1 action.

   The Warriors won championships in 2010, 2014 and 2015.

   Junior Sean Dadey led all scorers with 22 points for Westhill, which shot 53 percent from the floor while out-rebounding the Red Devils 34-24.

   Senior Kameren Jackson Jackson had 18 points in the win.

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