Brandon Dumas of Keene gets post position against Willsboro defenders.
The fourth seeded Keene Beavers wanted to take advantage of their interior play against No. 5 Willsboro in the Section VII/Class D playoffs Feb. 22, and Brandon Dumas was up to the task.
Dumas (8.4 ppg) scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Beavers (13-4) scored a 47-34 win against Willsboro (7-12).
“We wanted to take advantage of our height on the inside and I was able to get the ball and make some plays,” Dumas said after the game.
Austin Brown (12.9 ppg) added 14 points for the Beavers while Colton Venner (13.6) scored 10 and Gabe Warner 8.
For Willsboro, Nick Arnold (13.4 ppg) scored 12 points with Zach Pierson adding 7, Lucas Cross 6, Nolan Murphy 4, Keenen Hampton 3 and Jesse Hearn 2.
The Beavers advanced to the sectional semifinals Wednesday, Feb. 26 at AuSable Valley Central School, where they will play top-seed Moriah at 7:30 p.m., who beat No. 9 Lake Placid 60-27.
“We know (Adam) Jaquish is big in the middle and I am going to go out there and try to body up and compete hard against him,” Dumas said.
“We will go in with a gameplan and play hard against them,” head coach Chad Lopez said.
- Westport 38, 7. Elizabethtown-Lewis 25
The renewal of the Eagles-Lions rivalry in the sectional quarterfinals was a physical, low-scoring affair which saw Westport (14-5) use a 9-2 third quarter to give them the breathing room needed to advance to the semifinal round Feb. 22.
Ryan Davis (12.0 ppg) scored 15 points to lead the Eagles, while Sam Napper (7.7) added 10, Anderson Gay (11.8) 5, Thomas Mero 4, John Doyle 2 and James Moricette 2.
For the Lions (5-15), Zac Noka-Bailey scored 9 points while Hugh Harwood added 5, RJ Plante 4, Cortland White 3, Austin Morris 2 and Sam Huttig 2.
The Eagles will face the third seed Schroon Lake in AuSable Valley for the Class D semifinals at 6 p.m., as the Wildcats scored a 76-46 win over Indian Lake/Long Lake.
- AuSable Valley 68, 3. Northeastern Clinton 59, 2 OT
After four quarters and an overtime that saw the Patriots and Cougars absolutely level, AuSable Valley (15-4) outscored NCCS 12-3 in the second overtime period to earn a spot in the Section VII/Class B finals Feb. 22.
Zach Cosgrove (10.9 ppg) was the main attraction on the night, scoring 33 points, including nine makes from beyond the three-point arc, in leading the Patriots to victory. John Goodnough (13.0) added 16 points, while Shane Douglas (13.4) scored 12, Nick McDonald 4 and Austin Facteau 4.
The Patriots will face coin-flip top seed Plattsburgh High Saturday, March 1 at approximately 3 p.m. in the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse for the Class B title. The two teams split their regular season meetings, with each winning on their home court.