Class A Qualifier – Mendon 74, Sutherland 53
The Nally family battle went to Bob. Again.
For the third time this season, Bob’s Mendon team knocked off big brother John’s Sutherland team Wednesday night. This time the stakes were a bit higher.
The Vikings romped in the Class A state qualifier 74-53. It was the second game of the night at Blue Cross Arena.
“I was really proud of the way the kids handled it. it looked like the Sutherland guys were focused as well and give the fans a good game,” said Bob Nally. “Ultimately really proud of the way the guys battled and stayed focus on the game and not so much the other stuff.”
Mendon did what they’ve done all year: find a gear no one can match. The Vikings closed the 2nd quarter on a 16-2 run and turned a tight, two point contest into a 38-22 halftime lead.
Michael Harrington led Mendon with 27 points, including five three pointers. Dan Cook posted his usual night at the office with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Jacob Shadders made four 3’s and finished with 16 points.
Mendon was remarkably consistent. The Vikings scored 19 points and had six field goals in each of the first three quarters. They fell one bucket short of matching both in the 4th.
Kevin Ryan led Sutherland with 15 points while Ben DiGiovanni had 13 and Matt Panara added 11.
After a slow start, Mendon shot the ball very well. They were 11 of 22 from three point range as a team and missed only four of their 21 attempts at the free throw line.
Mendon finished an unbeaten run through Section Five with the win. The 24-0 Vikings will next face the Section VI champ, Lewiston-Porter, in the state quarterfinals. The game is the third of the three game early session at Greece Athena on Saturday with tip time scheduled for 2:30pm.
Sutherland was the Cinderella of this year’s sectionals, winning a title as a six-seed. Their magical run comes to an end with a record of 16-9.
“To be able to take a little bit of hardware home this year feels really good,” said John Nally. “Certainly right after the game it stings a little bit, but I think by tomorrow, I’ll be able to look back and start smiling again feel really good about the end of our year.”
Class C Qualifier – C.G. Finney 76, Cal-Mum 61
Cal-Mum opened the game on a 7-2 run, but Finney dominated from there in the Class C State Qualifier.
Keegan Ocorr led the Falcons with 32 points and nine rebounds. Markus Robinson also had a monster night with 30 points and eight boards. He made 13 of his 19 shots.
Finney closed the first quarter on a 21-6 run and led by ten points after the opening period and by 13 at the half. The Red Raiders hung in the rest of the way, but never threatened.
Eric Wilson led Cal-Mum with 20 points. Kyle Wade had 15 points and Vinny Molisani chipped in with 11.
Finney improved to 21-3 and they will move on to Saturday’s state quarterfinals at Greece Athena. The Falcons will face the Section VI champion Middle Early College in the first game of the day. Tip time is scheduled for 11am.
Cal-Mum finished their season at 22-2. The Raiders only other loss was against the other Class C sectional champ: Avon.