Henninger edges F-M in Class AA semifinal

Black Knights to face Proctor again in title game at Dome

— It helped F-M, no doubt, that both Delee and fellow forward Marquies Young got into foul trouble, forcing them to miss long portions of game time. Late in the third period, F-M got within one 32-31, and were also within a field goal twice in the early part of the fourth quarter.

Every time, though, Henninger had an answer, whether it was Chris Hicks and Ahmad McKinney combining for 17 points off the bench, or Delee, who finished with 16 points, hitting a pair of big 3-pointers from the wing in the closing stretch.

Still, nothing was settled for good until Young, who didn't foul out, and Chisholm, who had 11 points, hit on four consecutive free throws in the last 20 seconds. Tomer Nesher, in defeat, led F-M with 17 points, while Schurman managed 12 points, barely half his season average.

So just like 2011, the sectional title will get decided between Henninger and Utica Proctor, only this time they will play the Class AA championship game in the Carrier Dome on March 4 at 4:30.

Proctor, the top seed, needed overtime to get past Cicero-North Syracuse 71-68 in the other semifinal, and the Raiders, who split two regular-season meetings with Henninger, are looking to avenge last year's title game defeat, also in OT, to the Black Knights.

Saroney said he has a real concern that the 10-day break between the semifinals and finals will affect his team's rhythm, adding that all teams that get this far have to get creative in order to stay sharp, without practicing too hard ahead of the big occasion.

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