Sherman, Brocton meet in rubber match for Class D title

This time, it’s win or go home.

The top-seeded Brocton Bulldogs (17-1) and the No. 2 Sherman Wildcats (15-5) will play for the Section 6 Class D boys basketball championship tonight at Jamestown Community College.

Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

Sherman handed Brocton its only loss of the season in a 49-45 victory Dec. 20 while the Bulldogs got their revenge in a 56-42 win over the Wildcats at home Jan. 29.

As a result, the season series is also at stake.

“It’s part of it, no doubt about it, even though it’s for a sectional title,” Brocton coach Jeff Franze said of the season series being on the line.

Both teams enter tonight’s game on the heels of commanding victories Monday in the semifinal round. Brocton blew out an Ellicottville team missing its two leading scorers, 67-29.

Later that night, Sherman downed Clymer 52-30.

“(Sherman’s) going to press when they can,” Franze said. “They’re going to play a lot of zone and shoot a lot of threes.”

Brocton is paced by its two seniors, Dan Ferguson and Jordan Patterson. Ferguson recorded 20 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the second meeting between the two teams while Patterson tallied 19 points and five steals.

On the other side of the ball, Andrew Graham led Sherman’s scoring attack in both games. He recorded 19 points in the December meeting and 20 in January. Sherman’s Jake Card will be a threat on the boards with a combined 15 rebounds in the two match-ups this season.

“They pretty much have four guards that they play with,” Franze said. “You can’t really focus on any one player, but you have to find him and put your best players on him.”

The Bulldogs won’t coast into this evening’s game, if practice is any indication.

“I’ve been really happy the last couple days,” Franze said. “After winning (CCAA Division 4) we had to refocus and change our goals. We’re looking forward to (tonight).”

A Brocton win would be one for the record books. The Bulldogs haven’t won a Class D title since 1983.

“Thirty years is a long time,” Franze said. “We’ve never had a team that’s won the section and the league, so it would be special.”