Buffalo - Class AA State Regional
McQuaid 65 Niagara Falls 57
The Knights trailed 15-13 after the opening eight minutes but found their stroke from behind the arc in the second quarter.
McQuaid hit six three-pointers in the first half, including three from Jermaine Taggert, to give the Knights a four point lead heading into the locker room.
The third quarter was all Knights. McQuaid outscored Niagara Falls 19-9 and had their biggest lead of the night at 14 when the quarter was over.
The Wolverines made a run with five minutes remaining. The Knights lead was cut to three with three minutes to play but McQuaid hung on for the win.
Taggert scored a game-high 25 points for the Knights and teammate Anthony Iglesia added 16.
McQuaid was 9 of 18 on three-pointers.
The Knights move on to Binghamton on Saturday for the state semifinals. They'll face Half Hollow Hills East from Long Island's Section 11 at the Floyd Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Tip time is scheduled for 12:45pm.
Class A Boys State Semifinals
Irondequoit 67 West Seneca West 49
Gerald Drumgoole grabbed a rebound in the first quarter, went the length of the court for the basket and the foul to give the Eagles a 6-5 lead. After that, it was all over.
Irondequoit held West Seneca West to just five points in the first quarter and took a 29-13 lead into halftime.
The Indians outscored the Eagles 25-17 in the third quarter to pull within eight, but they never got any closer.
Drumgoole finished with a game-high 23 points and pulled in 13 rebounds to send Irondequoit back to the state final four.
Irondequoit will face the winner of the game between the Section 8 and 11 champs (both from Long Island) in the state semis. The game is Saturday at the Floyd Maines Veteran Memorial Arena in Binghamton and will tip at 9am.
Class B Boys State Semifinals
Health Sciences 52, Odyssey 46
Points came at a premium Saturday afternoon as Odyssey managed just 17 points and trailed by eight at halftime.
Health Sciences' lead would grow to 14 with four minutes to play in the 3rd quarter before the Leopards would make their run.
Midway through the 4th quarter, DJ Billings hit a step back jumper along the baseline to pull Odyssey within six, but they wouldn't get any closer.
The Leopards outscored the Falcons 21-13 in the 4th, but it wasn't enough. Odyssey's magical season came to a close.
Billings scored a team-high 12 for the Leopards.
Class C Boys State Semifinals
Northstar 74 Tapestry Charter 64
The Knights trailed by double digits in the 2nd quarter and went into halftime down by five.
Out of the locker room, Northstar took over. The Knights outscored Tapestry 24-17 in the third quarter to take the lead and never gave it back.
Miles Brown scored a game-high 36 points, adding nine rebounds and five steals to power the Knights.
Northstar is heading back to Binghamton to play in the state final four for the second straight season.
They play on Friday against the winner of Tully (Section 3-Syracuse) and Unadilla Valley (Section 4-Binghamton). The game will tip at 1:15pm at the Floyd Maines Veteran Memorial Arena.
Class D Boys State Semifinals
Buffalo East 72, Clyde-Savannah 56
Sometimes in basketball, it helps to just be tall.
Buffalo East pulled away late to knock out the Golden Eagles. The Panthers turned a three point game after three quarters into a blowout with a 22-9 fourth quarter.
They also dominated on the boards by the count of 52-27.
Clyde-Savannah's tallest player was Dru Carnivale at 6-2. East had six players on the roster at least that tall.
Senior Justin Allen, who stands 6-5, had almost as many rebounds (20) as the entire Golden Eagles team.
Allen and Willard Anderson each led the Panthers with 27 points. Anderson had eleven boards of his own.
Marcus Chance, Jr. was the best scorer for Clyde-Savannah with 25 points. His brother Derrick chipped in with 19.
The Eagles finish the season at 21-5.