The Horseheads boys basketball team’s bid to reach the championship game of the National Division at the 15th annual Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Tournament slowly slipped away Sunday night.
Jamestown (3-2) scored 12 straight points in the fourth quarter to extend a seven-point lead to 19 in a 60-44 victory over the Blue Raiders at Southside High School.
Quinn Lee Yaw, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, keyed the surge with six of his 20 points as the Red Raiders moved within one victory of their second title at the tournament.
Jamestown, the 2005 champion, will play Don Bosco Prep (5-0) at 6:45 p.m. Monday. Don Bosco beat 2010 tournament champion Manhasset St. Mary’s, 76-62, in Sunday’s second semifinal.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge and we’ve put ourselves in a position where we want to be,” Jamestown coach Ben Drake said. “It’s been a great tournament for us. It’s been a great trip.”
Horseheads will play St. Mary’s in the third-place game at 1:30 p.m. Monday. The Blue Raiders’ record dropped to 4-2.
“For us this is fun. This tournament is great,” Horseheads coach Jeff Limoncelli said. “Quality players, working against kids 6-6, 6-7 who play 6-10 and strong guards. I’m confident with the way our kids play defense. It helps us guard and really be alert and get after things.”
The 20-team, four-day tournament concludes Monday with seven games, culminating with the four championship games. The other title games: Mansfield (Pa.) vs. Susquehanna Valley at 3:15 for the boys Regional Division 1 title; Horseheads vs. Penfield at 5 for the girls title; and Elmira Notre Dame against Newark at 8:30 for the boys Regional Division 2 title.
In the other National Division consolation games, Elmira will play South Shore for seventh place at 10 a.m., and Bishop Kearney faces Glasgow (Del.) at 11:45 for fifth place.
Jamestown 60, Horseheads 44: A switch to a 2-3 zone helped propel the Red Raiders past the Blue Raiders.
Horseheads led 18-11 early in the second quarter before Jamestown outscored the Blue Raiders 17-5 over the rest of the half. A run of eight straight points late in the third quarter gave the Red Raiders a 43-32 lead.
“The surge we made in the second quarter was real important for us,” Drake said. “Horseheads is a good team and they run a good, solid motion offense and they were doing a nice job of screening us in the first quarter. We made the switch to a 2-3 zone and I thought we played it pretty darn effectively for the next three quarters and really limited good looks for them.”
Said Limoncelli: “I thought that was a great move by them. I thought we attacked (the zone) well, we just couldn’t really score off it. That got us in a bit of a drought and the next thing you’re down nine. It’s tough to hurry up and score in bunches against that 2-3.”
Yaw connected on nine of 16 shots, including a thunderous two-handed dunk on a breakaway. He also grabbed 15 rebounds.
“Quinn played great for us tonight,” Drake said. “He’s just a very, very hard worker. He’s a leader, he’s very coachable and it’s good to see him step up and play the way I know he’s capable of playing.”
Devonte Gaskins led Horseheads with 14 points. Foster Clark picked up two quick fouls that sent him to the bench and was held scoreless after torching Elmira for 29 points Friday in the quarterfinals.
“Defensively I thought we did a nice job,” Limoncelli said. “We broke down a couple of times, but you give up 60 to a team like that that has some weapons. … I was pretty happy with it.”
Don Bosco 76, St. Mary’s 62: The Ironmen built a 16-point halftime lead and maintained control throughout the second half and earned a finals berth in their first appearance at the Palmer tournament.
Jack Ely and Amanie Craddock had 24 points each for Don Bosco.
Patrick Jackson scored 19 points for St. Mary’s (4-2).
Glasgow 44, Elmira 43: Glasgow (Del.) survived for a National Division consolation victory over the Express.
After an errant Glasgow free throw, Elmira had a chance to win in the closing seconds but missed a contested shot in the paint.
Kyle Coleman led Glasgow (1-5) with 23 points, giving him 52 in two tournament games. He also grabbed nine rebounds.
Tyler Moffe led Elmira (4-2) with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Alex Bellardini scored 11 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Bishop Kearney 74, South Shore 72: Branden Kellam dunked home a long alley-oop pass from Quinton Rose with three-tenths of a second left and Bishop Kearney beat the Vikings in a National Division consolation game.
Doudmy St. Hilaire scored with 31 seconds left for South Shore to knot the score at 72-72.
Corning 58, Troy 47: Spencer Passmore had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Corning downed Troy (Pa.) in the consolation game of Regional Division 1 for its first win of the season.
Kieran Sariego added 14 points for the Hawks (1-5) on 7-for-9 shooting from the field.
Evan Polly had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Troy (1-5).
Athens 45, Edison 38: In the consolation game of Regional Division 2, Brandon Fauver scored 19 points to lift the Wildcats past Thomas A. Edison.
Athens (5-2) led 21-9 after one quarter only to see the Spartans even the score at halftime, 23-23, with a 14-2 surge in the second quarter.
The Wildcats bounced back to take a 35-30 lead after three quarters.
Adam Shumaker scored 12 points for Edison (0-7) and Brandon Michaud had 10 points. Jake Bahantka grabbed 11 rebounds.
Notre Dame 50, Elmira 36: Sheridan Heine scored 12 of her 24 points at the foul line as Elmira Notre Dame won the girls consolation game.
Heine was 6-for-13 from the field and 12-for-14 at the line. She also had five steals.
Emily Carson added 10 points for the Crusaders (5-3), who led 28-16 at halftime.
Kaitlyn Weaver led the Express (0-7) with 15 points.