What promised to be a memorable Section III Class A boys basketball tournament would intertwine the fortunes of four area teams – one defending the title, the other three bent on dethroning them.Jamesville-DeWitt had won its last 11 regular-season games and picked up the no. 2 seed. It would face no. 7 seed Fulton, whom it beat twice in the regular season, in the quarterfinals after the Red Raiders ousted Watertown 59-46.Meanwhile, East Syracuse Minoa altered its playoff fate after last Tuesday’s important game at Central Square, where the Spartans shut down the Redhawks and prevailed 49-39. Tags: Bishop Grimesboys basketballCBAESMJ-D Central Square had won 55-36 when these teams first met Jan. 14. The rematch had the Spartans down 12-6 through one period, but making up that ground and then outscoring the Redhawks 18-7 in a decisive fourth quarter.The duo of Nick Peterson and Devin Mascato-Buffaloe led the way, each producing 16 points as Jimmy Ferns added nine points. Brandon Kulakowski led Central Square with 17 points.Because of that win, ESM snagged the no. 3 seed and had a first-round bye, while Central Square fell to the no. 5 seed and would have to play in the opening round amid a 12-team bracket. Christian Brothers Academy, who had won 13 of 15 games following a 1-4 start, earned the no. 4 seed and the other first-round bye.When Central Square breezed past Carthage 73-43, it set up Tuesday’s quarterfinal between the Redhawks and Brothers at the tail end of a doubleheader also featuring the top-seeded CBA girls.Bishop Grimes was in the toughest spot, having gone 2-7 in the regular-season homestretch, including last Monday’s 80-70 defeat to Bishop Ludden.After leading early 17-12, the Cobras were outscored 45-32 in the next two quarters, despite 20 points from A.J. Burnett and 17 points from Joe Wike. For Ludden, Mykell Kaigler had 25 points and Monte Johnson added 19 points.Moving into the sectional tournament, Grimes had the no. 8 seed, meaning that, if it beat no. 9 seed Syracuse Academy of Science, it would get a chance to challenge 20-0 Whitesboro in the quarterfinals.Having lost 57-54 to this same Atoms team exactly one week earlier, the Cobras made the necessary adjustments and, with post-season stakes, won this time, ousting SAS 63-53.Most important was the work of Grimes’ defense, which mostly kept the Atoms well-contained throughout the first half as the Cobras steadily gained a 33-25 advantage.SAS never went away, thanks to the 19 points and 16 rebounds from Zacchaeus Smith and the 18 points and eight rebounds put up by Augustine Jusu, but Grimes had a bit more depth in its attack.In particular, A.J. Burnett stepped up, burning the Atoms for 27 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Inside, Jack Gutchess worked his way to 17 points, while Ian Denton had 11 points and Joe Wike got six points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story
Kids Saving the Rainforest is having its first fundraiser since two young girls founded it in 1999. The nonprofit organization used to bring in enough proceeds for its Wildlife Rescue Center through a souvenir store, but with the downturn in the economy, the center will have to close if it can’t raise enough money to pay monthly expenses.The organization has a full-time wildlife vet, an animal caretaker and a guard living on the property. The rescue center is the only legal one in our region, and is a necessary part of the community. All injured wild animals are brought there by the community. Please help save the rain forest and rescue the rescue center. The fundraiser takes place from 1-5 p.m. at Byblos Hotel on Sept. 9 (National Children’s Day). There will be bands, kids’ activities, drinks, food, a raffle and lots of fun. Tickets are on sale at Hotel Byblos Resort, Jungle Juice, Sancho’s Restaurant and Hotel Mono Azul. They cost $25 for adults and $10 for children. If you can supply food or raffle prizes or would like to donate, contact Anita Myketuk at 2777-1002. Our Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee will provide logistical support to the municipality for the water sewage treatment plant and solid waste disposal issues. Representatives are consulting experts on water sewage treatment in low-lying areas. A chamber/municipal delegation met with officials at the Lohmeyer Water Sewage Treatment Plant in our sister U.S. city, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to learn about the various treatment processes. Unfortunately, this was as far as the chamber was able to go and it was up to the municipality to continue the process. Chamber board members also met with Chinese investors to open a dialogue on the establishment of a solid waste disposal plant for the Central Pacific region with the same results. The chamber is still meeting with the Health Department and other officials here and in San José. Thanks for all your hard work, chamber!–Jennifer [email protected] Facebook Comments No related posts.