Watkins Glen clamped down defensively on Lansing in a 38-27 victory Friday in a Section 4 Class C boys basketball quarterfinal game.
It was a tight game for the first 2½ quarters, but the momentum shifted when the fourth-seeded Senecas went on a 5-0 run to close out the third quarter. Luke Flahive hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left for a 28-23 lead.
Watkins Glen held fifth-seeded Lansing to four points in the final quarter.
“We had good (defense) and performances from everyone,” Flahive said. “We held their two big guys (Ben Rourke and Thomas Towner) to only eight points, so that was huge.”
Watkins Glen (14-5) will play at Notre Dame (18-1) in a Class C semifinal at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Crusaders won their quarterfinal Friday against Marathon, 74-52.
“The kids are excited to have a chance,” said Watkins Glen coach John Fazzary, whose team lost twice to the Crusaders in the regular season. “You have to beat the big dog to get there.”
Watkins Glen made two fast-break baskets to end the first quarter with an 11-9 lead, but Lansing (13-6) went on an 8-0 run to start the second.
Down 17-11 in the second quarter, Flahive scored six points to ignite an 8-0 rally to send the Senecas to a 19-17 halftime lead.
Lansing went nearly 7½ minutes without scoring between the second and third quarters but came back to tie the score at 23.
Watkins Glen pulled away in the fourth, helped by the play of Keith Rekczis, who scored six of the Senecas’ 10 points in the period. He finished with a game-high 16 points, 10 in the second half, and seven rebounds.
“Our defense was tremendous tonight,” Fazzary said. “To hold them to 27 points, that is absolutely fabulous.”
Flahive scored eight of his 12 points in the first half. The junior guard also had a team-high 14 rebounds and five assists.
“Coach just said that if we had the possession of the ball to hustle and play your heart out and that’s what we did,” Flahive said.
Towner scored six points and Rourke scored two. The 6-foot-6 seniors were the top two scorers this season for Lansing.
“You have got to stop those two first and worry about the rest,” Fazzary said. “We did a terrific job there.”