Section V basketball officials agreed to hold some of the sport’s championship games on Sunday to allow Bruce Springsteen to play on Saturday.
It was quite an encore at the Blue Cross Arena at the Community War Memorial.
Two No. 1 seeds were knocked off as 6,874 people attended the boys basketball title games throughout the day. Aquinas (Class AA), Pittsford Sutherland (A1), Batavia (A2) and Newark (B1) captured Section V crowns.
All three of the Section V hockey finals were held at RIT’s Gene Polisseni Center. Pittsford (A), Victor (BB) Batavia Notre Dame (B) were each crowned champions.
Here is a recap of Sunday’s championship action:
Different sport, same result. Earnest Edwards took over the Class AA final just like he took over the football state championship game in the fall. Edwards scored a game-high 23 points, including 16 straight in the second quarter, as Aquinas defeated Fairport, 47-43, for its fourth title in five years.
No. 1 in the state? No problem. Josh Mack scored 23 points to lead three Knights players in double figures as Pittsford Sutherland knocked off Greece Athena, the top team in Class A in New York state, 60-43.
Batavia didn’t have a go-to guy this year. The Blue Devils are still going to the state tournament. Tournament MVP Malachi Chenault had 10 points and 13 rebounds and T Sean Ayala scored 17 points as Batavia won its first Section V championship since 2013.
Newark held off a late charge from Palmyra-Macedon and then held the Section V championship trophy. The Reds won a seesaw battle for their 12th trophy in school history. Jose Santell scored 14 of his 18 points in the final 10 minutes.
Connor Haims wears the C for a reason. It stands for captain. It could also stand for champion. Haims scored all three goals as top-seeded Pittsford defeated Fairport 3-1.
Victor lost the best player in Section V but ended up the best team in Class BB. David Farrance moved on to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program but the Blue Devils didn’t miss a beat this year. Patrick Manning scored twice and Chayse Ierlan made 43 saves to pace the Blue Devils to a 3-2 victory over Webster Thomas.
If at first you don’t succeed … Batavia Notre Dame defeated Geneseo/Livonia/Avon after losing to them three times in the regular season. Ethan Conrad made 27 saves and the Fighting Irish topped the top-seeded Lakers 2-0. It’s the second title in five years for Notre Dame.