What started with 24 teams - 13 boys' teams and 11 girls' teams - is now down to seven, as the Section 6 high school basketball playoffs have reached the semifinals.
There are two boys games tonight, as No. 4 Fredonia (15-4) will square off against No. 1 Charter School for Applied Technologies (16-3) at 5:30 p.m., at Buffalo State. In Class D action, No. 1 Brocton (16-1) will look to get past No. 5 Ellicottville (9-10) at Jamestown Community College. The game is set to tip-off at 6 p.m.
With a win, the Hillbillies would face either No. 2 Cleveland Hill (17-1) or No. 3 East (13-6) on Saturday. That game would start at noon, at Buffalo State. The Bulldogs could advance to the Class D final against either No. 2 Sherman (14-5) or No. 3 Clymer (14-5) - two teams which they have gone 3-1 against this season. The final will be played on Friday at JCC, at 5:30 p.m.
Zeddie Williams (52) left, and Khee Nance (4), right, will look to get their teams into the Sectional finals, which will be played this weekend. The Lady Marauders will have to get past the Olean Lady Huskies in the girls Class B-1 semifinals on Wednesday while the Black Knights will need to get past MST?Seneca in their boys Class C-2 semifinal on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, No. 1 Silver Creek (19-0) will look to advance to Friday's Class C-2 final at JCC - which is scheduled for 7 p.m. - but will have to get past No. 4 MST Seneca (12-7) in its semifinal. Like the final, the semifinal is set to be played at JCC. Game time is 6 p.m.
With a win in the semifinals, the Black Knights would take on either No. 3 Portville (17-2) - a team they beat twice this year - or No. 2 Maple Grove (18-1).
Pine Valley (11-8), the No. 4 seed in the girls' Class D bracket, will take on No. 1 Clymer (17-2) at 6 p.m., at Chautauqua Lake Central School. A win would advance the Lady Panthers to the finals against either No. 2 Sherman (17-2) or No. 3 Ellicottville (12-6) on Saturday at Jamestown High School, at 6:30 p.m.
There are three games scheduled in the girls' brackets on Wednesday, as Dunkirk, Chautauqua Lake and Lake Shore will all look to advance.
In Class B-1 action, the No. 4 Lady Marauders (15-5) will take on CCAA Division 1 foe Olean (16-3) - Class B-1's top seed - at 8 p.m., at Sweet Home High School.
In earlier action, the undefeated Lady Thunderbirds - the No. 2 seed in Class C-2 - will be at Jamestown High School at 6 p.m., to take on No. 3 Olmsted (8-6) while the Lady Eagles (15-4), the area's lone large school, will take on No. 6 Cheektowaga (9-10) in a Class A-2 semifinal. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip-off at Kenmore West High School.
Should Dunkirk get past Olean, they would face either No. 2 East Aurora (14-5) or No. 11 Maryvale (11-8) at Niagara County Community College on Saturday, at 5 p.m. With a win Wednesday, the Lady Thunderbirds could see either No. 1 Frewsburg (17-2) or No. 4 Maple Grove (12-7) in the finals, which will be played Saturday at 4:45 p.m., at Jamestown High School. The Lady Eagles could see either No. 1 Iroquois (13-6) or No. 4 Pioneer (11-8) on Saturday, at NCCC, at 2 p.m., in the Class A-2 finals.