By Matthew Wakefield
Clymer and Sherman's two regular-season matchups were both tight affairs that went down to the final buzzer.
The Wildcats used a terrific start and a great finish Monday night, Feb. 25 to ensure there would be no late-game theatrics the third time around.
Sherman jumped out to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter of their Section 6 Class D boys basketball semifinal and were in control throughout, save for a third-quarter dry spell that allowed the Pirates to briefly cut the lead to single digits. The Wildcats responded with an 18-5 fourth-quarter surge that gave them a 52-30 victory at Jamestown Community College.
The game was markedly different from their two league games, which saw each team win by three points on the other team's home court. The second of those games was won by Clymer, 49-46, less than two weeks ago.
So what changed?
By RYAN PAPASERGE
JAMESTOWN - The two-pronged attack of Dan Ferguson and Jordan Patterson - along with a dominant defensive effort - powered the top-seeded Brocton Bulldogs (17-1) past the No. 5 Ellicottville Eagles, 67-29, in a Section 6 Class D semifinal Monday, Feb. 25 at Jamestown Community College.
Ferguson led Brocton with 26 points (15 of them in the first half) while Patterson contributed 16 points in the victorious effort. Ferguson and Patterson also connected on several fast-break opportunities throughout the evening.