No. 1 Silver Creek advances
SILVER CREEK – Zeddie Williams led a quintet of scorers in double figures Friday night with 38, as No. 1 Silver Creek (19-0) cruised past No. 8 Olmsted (8-11), 93-70, during Section 6 Class C-2 quarterfinal boys basketball action.
“He feels it out and, when he needs to turn it on, he turns it on,” Silver Creek head coach Rob Genco said of Williams. “He missed about seven free throws and six buckets that could have gone in. He could have had 50 tonight.”
Williams had to settle for 38 points, but he added 10 assists and six rebounds, helping the Black Knights advance to Class C-2 semifinals.
“When you have a group of kids with the love that they do, they get better every game,” Genco said of his team. “And you see the level of their games elevate to the occasion … They are definitely playing better than they did at the beginning or middle of the season. We can’t take a day off from here on out.”
The Black Knights took a 24-15 lead after the first quarter, but the Owls kept pace in the second quarter, as Silver Creek went up 48-38 at halftime.
“They’re very athletic,” Genco noted of Olmsted. “We knew that coming in. They were fast and they could jump with us. Where they startled us was with their shooting. They gave us probably one of their best games and we fought it off and did what we do.”
In the third quarter, Silver Creek outscored Olmsted 20-12 before finishing the game with a 25-20 edge over the game’s final eight minutes.
“If we’re running, and (the other team) slows us down, we’re able to get in our sets and execute plays and knock down shots,” Genco said. “We just need to do a better job defensively. They had a lot of quick guys that could get into the lane and penetrate. That could be scary down the road.”
Sophomore Billy Brooks had another stellar game on both ends of the floor, chipping in 17 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks while Brennan White had a double-double with 11 points and as many rebounds.
“We played the same brand of basketball we have all year,” Genco said. “And we were able to pull it out. It makes me proud that that’s the brand of basketball we continue to play.”
Stephen Marcey had 13 points to go with seven assists while Kaine Kettle chipped in 10 points and eight assists in the win.
Up next for the Black Knights will be a date in the semifinals with No. 4 MST Seneca (12-7), which beat No. 5 Westfield (13-7) in Friday’s other quarterfinal.
“(MST Seneca) is better than what we saw (Friday),” Genco said. “They’re just as athletic, but they play a little better basketball as a team. We definitely have a lot to do to get ready.”
Silver Creek and MST Seneca will tip-off at 6 p.m., at Jamestown Community College.
No. 10 CVCS falls to No. 1 Oracle Charter
BUFFALO – A late rally by the No. 10 Cassadaga Valley Cougars (9-11) fell short as the No. 2 Oracle Phoenix (18-1) claimed a 76-55 win in a Section 6 Class C-1 quarterfinal matchup Friday at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf.
Oracle claimed a commanding 55-30 advantage heading into the final period of play but Tim Bender’s long-range shooting – he made five 3-pointers in the contest – helped Cassadaga Valley bring the game to within nine points with four minutes remaining. The Cougars outscored the Phoenix in the quarter, 25-21.
“It really turned out to be a heck of a battle,” Oracle coach Brian Palowski said. “Bender had the will to battle back. We really were not making great decisions with the basketball. We were taking a lot of shots early off the shot clock. Our defense wasn’t as poor as it was Cassadaga Valley took great shots. They really brought a lot of energy and almost pulled off a pretty significant upset.”
Bender led the Cougars in defeat with 20 points, while Randy Dalaba and Mike Lancaster scored 10 points each.
Jamar Cunningham led the Phoenix with 20 points.
Next up for Oracle is a meeting against Holland or Barker in a semifinal game at Jamestown Community College Wednesday, at 7:45 p.m.
“We need to get our heads together,” Palowski said. “We’re giving up too many opportunities, not getting enough offensive rebounds. (Cassadaga Valley coach Rob) Clifford really gets his boys playing hard. We had the opportunity to play in their tournament over the past four years so it was really a privilege to play against Coach Clifford’s team.”