Narrow win puts Panthers in B1 final
The Niagara-Orleans League will have at least one team in the Section VI boys basketball finals as No. 4 seed Newfane nipped No. 1 Lackawanna 54-53 in a Class B1 semifinal Tuesday evening at Buffalo State Colege.
The Panthers will now face the winner of tonight’s No. 3 Medina vs. No. 2 Olean semi (8:15 p.m. at Buffalo St.) in the B1 championship game at 1:45 p.m. Saturday also at Buffalo St.
Newfane, which held a 10 point, 51-41, lead heading into the final period, survived a late scoring drought to emerge with the narrow one point victory over the Steelers.
Kyle DeVoogel scored 20 and Max Weber 14 to lead Newfane. A three by Weber with over four minutes to go provided the Panthers only points of the final period and proved to be the game winning shot.
No. 10 seed Medina will face No. 11 Dunkirk in the Class B1 semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Kenmore West High School. The victor will face the winner of the No. 5 Fredonia vs. No. 1 Newfane semi in the title contest at noon on Sunday at Buffalo State.