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Late Wilson rally falls short in B2 semi

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 March 2015 at 12:00 am

A big fourth quarter comeback bid fell just short as Niagara-Orleans League champion No. 2 seed Wilson dropped a narrow 53-48 decision to No. 3 Fredonia this evening in the Section VI Class B2 semifinals at Buffalo State College.

Trailing by 12, 41-29, after three-quarters Wilson came battling back down the stretch to get as close as one but the Lakemen could not pull even or grab the lead.

A three and two baskets by Kyle Bradley keyed a 12-2 Wilson run at the outset of the fourth quarter which pulled Wilson to within two at 43-41.

The Lakemen stayed within two at 45-43 after two free throws by Evan Shank and then closed to within one at 47-46 after a three by Joe Littere.

However, Fredonia capitalized on a turnover to score a big basket and gain a little breathing room at 49-46.

Two free throws by Bradley kept Wilson within three at 51-48 but the Lakemen could get no closer.

Bradley finished with a total of 30 points for the Lakemen which trailed 13-7 after one quarter and 29-16 at the half.

Fredonia will now face No. 5 Buffalo East, a 59-44 victor over No. 1 Cleve Hill in the other semi, for the B2 title on Saturday at Buffalo State.

B1 semis Wednesday

The Class B1 semifinals will be held at Buffalo State on Wednesday evening as No. 4 Albion faces No. 1 Burgard at 5:15 and No. 3 Medina will take on No. 10 Maryvale at 6:45 p.m. The winners will meet in the title contest at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo State.

In a Class C1 girls semifinal, No. 5 Barker will face top seeded Chautauqua Lake at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Jamestown Community College.