ESM got points from just five different players. Sean Richardson set the pace with 19 points, while Eyan Underwood hit a trio of 3-pointers to count for a majority of his 16 points. DeShaun Gorman (seven points), Jah-Meer McDuffie (six points) and Corey Beeles (five points) had the rest of the offense.
Moving to girls basketball, While it’s a younger group without much of the shared history of their predecessors, Jamesville-DeWitt carries the same ambition – end up with a sectional Class A title.
The two-time defending champion Red Rams enter the 2014 edition of the sectional tournament as the top seed in Class A, riding a 12-game win streak, all of it built up in a four-week stretch of games where, somehow, it didn’t manage to wear out or deal with injuries.
That 12th win in a row was earned last Tuesday night in a 55-18 romp over Homer. Meg Hair’s superb eighth-grade campaign continued as she, along with Alyssa Robens, produced 13 points apiece. Carly O’Hern added nine points as each of the 11 J-D players that saw action got at least one point by game’s end.
Just as was the case on the boys side, East Syracuse-Minoa got the no. 7 seed for the Class A sectional tournament, meaning it would have to get past no. 10 seed Oneida on Saturday if it wanted a shot at no. 2 seed Indian River in the quarterfinals.
And the Spartans barely did so, edging the Indians 36-35. After taking a 20-15 halftime lead, ESM’s offense went cold the rest of the way, but it saved itself with stellar defense, never letting Oneida do much beyond the work of Riley Markle, who with 20 points had most of her team’s production.
Spread out more, the Spartans saw Stephanie Edmonds earned 12 points, while Haley Wise got eight points and Sydni Eure earned six points.
As ESM takes its shot at Indian river, J-D would play its Class A quarterfinal against no. 9 seed Fulton, who edged Homer 37-33, with the Red Rams looking to advance to a semifinal against Camden or Carthage.