After their meeting last week came down to the final possession, the boys basketball teams from Elmira Notre Dame and Lansing will face each other Friday for the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Large School title.
They meet at 8 p.m. at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden. Their game will follow the girls Large School final between Waverly and Lansing at 6.
Notre Dame won at Lansing, 49-48, last Friday when junior guard Darius Garvin made two free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining.
Garvin is the leading scorer for the Crusaders at 17.5 points per game and Thursday he became a two-time Most Valuable Player of the IAC South Large School Division. He also averages 5.2 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists.
Tom Agan, a 6-foot-5 senior swingman, averages 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds, with sharpshooting guard Jonas McCaig scoring 10.7 per game.
The Crusaders, ranked fourth in Class C by the New York State Sportswriters Association, are back in an IAC final for the first time since 2010. That team also faced Lansing, coming away with a 52-44 victory.
Lansing was forced to an extra game to claim the IAC North Large School title. The Bobcats beat Whitney Point, 46-44, Monday in a playoff.
The Bobcats are led by 6-foot-6 seniors Thomas Towner and Ben Rourke, both first-team all-division picks. Towner gave the Crusaders fits in the first meeting, scoring 20 points.
“My hope is I’m going to utilize more players to try to negate the size by pressuring the guards,” Notre Dame coach Bill Hopkins said. “We’re going to play Notre Dame basketball. We’re going to try to pressure the basketball and force some turnovers and get some easy baskets.
“If it turns into a half-court game, with the size they have, it’s going to be a challenge for our big guys to try to keep them off the glass.”
This is a rematch of last year’s Large School final, which Waverly won by a 49-31 score on the same court.
Senior forward Reylyn Schwartzhoff scored 27 points in that game for Waverly and leads the Wolverines this season at 16 points per game. Junior guard Emily Meyers averages just under 10 points per game.
Waverly is coached by Robert Kelly, who is in his first season after guiding Notre Dame to back-to-back Class C state titles in 2006 and 2007.
Lansing has lost in the last three IAC Large School finals after winning back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Before Waverly’s win last season, Watkins Glen beat the Bobcats two straight years.
The Bobcats are led by junior twins Shea and Maura McCartney.
Lansing is coming off a 41-27 loss at Notre Dame, which lost two games to Waverly by a combined three points.