East High to State Semi's in Class A

By PRESCOTT ROSSI | prossi@wroctv.com

Published 03/09 2014 01:22AM

Updated 03/09 2014 01:39AM

One year after Section V won four out of five regional titles against Section VI, the score flipped around, with only one winner out of Section V. The East High Orientals are proud to be that one team after winning 69-55 over McKinley in the Western, NY Regional on Saturday from Buffalo State College.

In their biggest game of the season, East High did not rely on their star point guard. Dontay Caruthers battled foul trouble all game long, but the Orientals have several options that are more than capable of carrying a heavy load.

Tommie Banks had 19 points and 21 rebounds and freshman Zion Morrison came off the bench for 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting.

East High took the lead early in the game and never looked back, amassing a 34-22 halftime lead.

East High also clamped down on defense throughout the game. McKinley shot 29.5% on 18-of-61 shooting. Keyon Johnson was the Macks leading scorer with 19 points. Varin Lenard had 15 for the McKinley as well.

The Orientals will take on Red Hook of Section IX at 9:00am on Saturday, March 15th from the Glens Falls Civic Center in the state semifinals.

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