To get anywhere in the Section III Class AA playoffs, the West Genesee boys basketball team will need to get past two Syracuse city foes.
As the no. 9 seed in AA, the Wildcats (9-11) have to face no. 8 seed Nottingham in Tuesday night's opening round, and if it wius, it will face top seed and defending champion Henninger in Friday's quarterfinals.
At least WG goes there with some newfound momentum thanks to back-to-back wins, the latter of which was an exciting 73-71 conquest of Corcoran Friday night in Camillus.
All game long, the Cougars pushed the tempo -- and the Wildcats didn't mind, matching baskets and inching in front. A strong second quarter allowed WG to take a 35-28 lead to the halftime break.
The Wildcats' strong play continued well into the fourth quarter, when Corcoran made a spirited comeback. It pulled within three, 71-68, as time ran low, but Conor Regin's free throws with five seconds left clinched one of the biggest wins of WG's season.
Regin led his side with 23 points, including three 3-pointers. Inside, Jack Conboy got 15 points, while Eric Spencer earned 11 points. Greg Wadach produced eight points as Colin Monroe and Joe Fazio each had five points. For Corcoran, Algeron Torrence had 18 points, with Riley Stroman (15 points) and Martino Barletta (14 points) close behind.
As for WG's girls team, it went to Corcoran Friday and watched the Cougars sewed up the top seed for the AA tournament by beating the Wildcats 78-61.
A hot start from Alyssa Sutherland and Allie Kotula helped the Wildcats go ahead 17-13. However, that only seemed to wake up Corcoran, who tore up WG's defense for 32 points in he second quarter alone.
To its credit, the Wildcats hung close for a long time. Sutherland worked her way to 25 points, while Kotula's 15 points included three successful 3-pointers. For the Cougars, Irene Hudson had 24 points and Brittini Ray added 22 points.
As the no. 7 seed in its part of the Class AA playoffs, the Wildcats (13-7) will confront no. 10 seed Central Square Friday night at 7 p.m. in the opening round. The winner will go to no. 2 seed Christian Brothers Academy for next Tuesday's quarterfinals.