Five Syracuse city boys basketball teams started out in the Section III playoffs - and three of them made it through the first week to reach the semifinal round.
Henninger and Syracuse Academy of Science are used to this - but this is new for Institute of Technology Central, the no. 3 seed in Class C-1, who in its playoff debut fought off no. 6 seed Little Falls 68-63 Saturday afternoon.
After a one-day weather postponement, the Eagles took the floor against the Indians boasting one of Central New York's hottest players, Jahcin Ingram, whose late-season work included a 40-point performance in a loss to SAS.
Led by Ingram, ITC endured a back-and-forth first half where it went ahead, 15-9, only to have Waterville close the gap in the second period and only trail by two, 26-24, at the break.
In a wild third quarter, the Eagles outscored the Indians 27-21 to reclaim its margin, and it held on down the stretch as Ingram, again, had a big effort. He finished with 28 points, including 10 field goals and eight free throws.
Just as importantly, Ingram's teammates did enough to help out, as three of them - Saquan Dozier, Mikell Clemons and Joe Boatwright - finished with 11 points apiece.
ITC improved to 15-4 on the season, and it sets up Wednesday's C-1 semifinal against Tully, the no. 2 seed and defending Class C champions, at Onondaga Community College. The winner gets Cooperstown or Watertown IHC Saturday at 12:45 in the sectional final at Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Just before that, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the C-2 title will get decided - and SAS, the top seed, started the playoffs quite determined to return to the same Utica Auditorium where New York Mills beat them for the Class D championship a year ago.