J-D girls, boys hoops earn playoff victories

Just after the girls Rams were finished, it was the J-D boys turn. Having dominated every opponent in the four games since Demetrius Mitchell returned from a broken foot, the same thing was expected against Mexico, who had topped no. 7 seed Carthage 60-59 in the first round behind Andrew Disanto's career-best 25 points and 12 rebounds.

Again, the Rams set a furious pace, and the Tigers tried to keep up, only trailing 23-16 after one period. It was 42-30 by halftime, but J-D still wasn't pleased - at least until the third quarter, when it devastated Mexico with a 31-point outburst in those eight minutes.

Mexico dearly paid for focusing its attention on DaJuan Coleman as Tyler Cavanaugh burned the Tigers all night long, hitting on 11 field goals, two of them 3-pointers, on his way to a season-best 29 points.

Coleman still had a solid night, finishing with 21 points as Mitchell got most of his 18 points from sinking four 3-pointers. What's more, J-D's defense completely silenced Disanto, as he only got four points, something Jake Deno (20 points) and Dana Rowe (10 points) could not make up for.

Now both J-D teams will meet Whitesboro in the Class A semifinal round - with the boys a heavy favorite and the girls just as pronounced an underdog against the top-seeded, undefeated (19-0 Warriors). Both games are at Chittenango Wednesday night, starting at 6 p.m.

If the girls Rams pull it off, it gets Cortland or New Hartford in Sunday's finals at Utica Auditorium at 3:45 J-D's boys could get a chance to avenge that regular-season defeat to Cortland if it can beat Whitesboro and the no. 1 seed Purple Tigers knock off Oneida in its semifinal. The title game at Utica Auditorium is Saturday at 2:45.

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