No. 1 Bulldogs cruise past No. 8 Panthers in Class D

BROCTON – The top-seeded Brocton Bulldogs (16-1) used 17 offensive rebounds to claim a 48-31 win over the No. 8 Pine Valley Panthers (7-13) in a Section 6 Class D boys basketball quarterfinal game Friday.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well tonight, but we got a lot of offensive rebounds,” Brocton coach Jeff Franze said. “It’s something we’ve really been working on.”

The Bulldogs held a 12-8 advantage after one period of play, but held the Panthers to four points in the second quarter. Pine Valley could only afford 19 points in the second half en route to defeat.

“I thought our defense was really good, solid,” Franze said.

Dan Ferguson led Brocton with 17 points and 15 rebounds while Bryen Graves added six points and 11 boards. Jordan Patterson tallied 16 points to support the victorious effort.

For the Panthers, Lucas Trombley led the team with nine points in defeat after scoring 25 points against Forestville in a prequarterfinal Thursday night. Thomas Raiport made a pair of 3-pointers in an eight-point outing.

Brocton now has a ticket punched to the semifinals at Jamestown Community College Monday. The Bulldogs will face the winner of the North Collins/Ellicottville matchup at 6 p.m.

“We’ll have one practice this weekend,” Franze said. “It’s tough to play on Mondays, but everyone’s in the same boat. We’ll go to JCC and hope to play on.”