Through an active opening week of the Section III boys basketball playoffs, all of the city's teams took to the court -- but just one kept going.
Henninger, the no. 1 seed and defending Class AA champions, had a real scare from no. 8 seed West Genesee in last Friday's quarterfinal round, but rallied past the Wildcats 61-49.
Having played (and lost to) the Black Knights two weeks earlier, WG looked for payback. And with Joe Fazio producing a season-best 21 points, the Wildcats claimed a 30-25 lead by halftime and built the lead to as much as eight in the third quarter.
Sensing the danger, Henninger roared back, tying it 41-41 going into the final period, then clamping down on defense the rest of the way as it wore WG down.
From his point-guard position, Kihary Blue gained 20 points and 10 assists. Inside, Jermaine Taylor had 15 points, while Jon Cooper earned 10 points. James Bardenett picked up nine points.
This sends Henninger to Friday's AA semifinal against no. 5 seed Fayetteville-Manlius, to be played at 7 p.m. at Le Moyne College. The Black Knights rallied to beat the Hornets 75-68 in overtime on Feb. 10. Whoever wins this game gets CBA or Utica Proctor for the AA title March 7 at Manley Field House.
As Henninger moved on, Corcoran left the playoff stage, the no. 3 seed Cougars losing at home to Proctor, the no. 6 seed, in a 65-58 decision.
Corcoran had started out fine, routing no. 14 seed Baldwinsville 75-43 in the opening round Feb. 17 as a 28-10 third-quarter spurt put that game away. Martino Barletta had 19 points, including five successful 3-pointers, while Dewon Bohannon had 12 points and Riley Stroman added 10 points. All 12 Corcoran players that saw action got at least one point.