Leading off today:
Buffalo-area schools swept the day's first four games from their Rochester counterparts Saturday to advance to the NYSPHSAA boys basketball final fours next weekend in Glens Falls.
Williamsville South (Class A), Olean (B), Middle Early College (C) and Panama (D) all advanced before Aquinas averted a sweep by routing Niagara Falls in Class AA at Buffalo State.
Most interesting among the winners may have been Middle Early College's 62-58 win over Early College. JoJo Stanton scored 20 points and Gary Foster chipped in with 13 to book the school's fourth trip to Glens Falls and make it seven straight years that a Buffalo public school has reached the semifinals.
Bryan Harrell Jr. had 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Tajmin Holt led everyone with 23 points in a losing effort for the Rochester school.
Williamsville South advanced to the semifinals for the first time with a 53-51 win over Batavia as Jordan Buell, who had been 1-for-6 from the field up to that point, made a 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds to play. Buell finished with six points.
"That's been our goal all year," coach Gabe Michaels said. "This makes us the best team to ever play at South because we've gone the furthest. It means a lot."
Williamsville South's opponent in the semifinals will be Troy, which endured some late drama of its own by beating Syracuse CBA 54-51 in overtime.
CBA tied the game with :20 left in regulation on a 3-pointer by Charles Pride (12 points) and went ahead in OT on a 3-pointer by Mark Lutz. From there, though, the Brothers did not make another field goal and Troy converted seven of nine free throws. Daniel Buie (19 points) made five of six free throws in the final two minutes.
The day's other Class A quarterfinal was also a nail-biter. Byram Hills edged Johnson City 50-48, surviving three cracks at an equalizer by the Wildcats in the closing moments.
Performance of the day: Despite a 55-point day by Cooperstown sophomore Tyler Bertram, Moravia outlasted the Hawkeyes 81-74 in double overtime in the Class C quarterfinals at Whitesboro.
Gabe Short registered 20 points, 17 rebounds and four steals, while Parker Dickenson had 12 points and 18 rebounds. Jared Lyon, the last returnee from Moravia's 2013 final four team, scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
"It's kind of bittersweet, because you work so hard every year to get better and better because the standard was set to high my freshman year," Lyon said.
The teams ended regulation tied at 61, and Moravia's Jordan Crossgrove, who sat out much of regulation with foul trouble, scored the first five points of the first OT before Bertram rallied the Hawkeyes and drove the lane in the final seconds to score the tying basket.
Moravia scored the first six points of the second overtime and used free-throw shooting to maintain a safe lead the rest of the way.
Bertram broke Seth Schaeffer's single-game Cooperstown record of 51 points against Utica Proctor in 1993. He finished his season with 783 points.
"He's going to be legit," Lyon said. "He is a wonderful player. You know he is going to get his points."
Perfectly matched: Olean and Hudson are heading for a battle of unbeatens in the Class B semifinals. Olean fell