The AuSable Valley Patriots punched their ticket to the Section VII/Class C championships game Feb. 22 at Plattsburgh High School, but in a much less dramatic fashion then the Ticonderoga Sentinels.
Trailing by six at 52-46 with less than a minute to play against Northern Adirondack, the Sentinels went to work, with Ty Denno driving to the basket followed by a Michael Graney three-pointer to make the score.
After NAC made a free throw, the Sentinels had their last shot, and the ball found the hands of Eric Nielsen, who connected on a three-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining to seal the 54-53 victory for Ticonderoga.
Graney finished with 22 points for the Sentinels, while Nielsen scored 11 points, Anthony Dushane eight, Mark Donohue four and Riley Chapman two.
In the nightcap at PHS, AuSable Valley used a 16-9 opening quarter and a 17-5 closing eight minutes to score a 58-39 win against Seton Catholic.
Shane Douglas led the Patriots with 16 points, while John Goodnough added 15, Austin Depo nine, Brandon Brooks eight, Austin Facteau four, Nate Casey four and Zach Cosgrove two.
The Sentinels and Patriots will meet in the Class C Finals Saturday, March 2, at 1:45 p.m., at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse.
Class D boys
The second seeded Moriah Vikings jumped out to a 32-16 lead over Wells in the Class D quarterfinals, leading to a 60-41 win Feb. 22.
Jessup Calkins scored 13 points to lead the Vikings, while Adam Jaquish scored 10, Derek Brassard 10 and Mike Mero eight.
The Vikings will play third seed Elizabethtown-Lewis Wednesday, Feb. 27, with a 6 p.m. tip at AuSable Valley High School.
However, the season ended for the fourth seeded Crown Point Panthers, who fell behind 26-10 at halftime en route to a 46-26 loss against the Chazy Eagles.
Gabe Macey had eight points for the Panthers, while Jon Spaulding scored six. The Eagles will play top seed Schroon Lake Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Clintonville (AVCS).
Class D girls
The second seeded Indian Lake/Long Lake Lady Orange used a 20-11 third quarter to push out to a comfortable lead in beating the Westport Eagles, 56-32, Feb. 22 in the Class D quarterfinal round.
Shannon Farrell paced the Orange with 20 points, while Meg Smith and Abby Darling each scored 12 points, Sydney Hinckley added six, Jessica Bain four and Ronya Hamdan two.
For Westport, Brendee Russell ended her junior campaign with 17 points, while Megan Sudduth added five. Emily Rascoe and Sarah Looby each scored four points, while Felicia Kurth added two.
The Orange will play third seeded Moriah Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. at AuSable Valley High School. The Vikings advanced with a 54-25 win over the Willsboro Lady Warriors Feb. 22.
Madison Stahl led the Vikings with 16 points, while Cailtin Pelkey scored nine.
For Willsboro, Amanda Mahoney had 11 points, while Andrea O’Hara scored eight, Kyli Swires four and Renee Marcotte two.