By Indrek Kongats

The No. 3 seed 17-4 Franklinville Panthers boys’ basketball team didn’t waste any time in dismantling the playoff hopes of the No. 2 seed Ellicottville Eagles. In the second round matchup between the two schools at Jamestown Community College this past Tuesday night, Feb. 28, the Panthers made short work of Coach Dave McCann’s squad, led by 1000-point scorer, junior forward Elliot Bowen. McCann loses just one senior, No.50 Chad Boldt, so the 2017-18 should be as good as or better than this past year’s 16-4 team.

The final score was Ellicottville 48, Franklinville 66. No. 24 junior Griffin Chudy led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points, adding four assists and four rebounds. No. 42 Elliot Bowen contributed only 11 points, half of his normal average, but still managed a double double with 13 rebounds, and added three blocks to his final game of the season.

Ellicottville still has an excellent chance of sending a team to the state championships with their 17-2 girls Varsity basketball team. The Lady Eagles are seeded No. 2, led by Division I-bound Marrisa Hamilton. On Thursday night, March 2 at JCC, the Lady Eagles were matched up with the No. 3 seed the 16-5 Panama Panthers. Ellicottville were the favorites, with decisive wins over common opponents during the course of the regular season. ECS beat Frewsburg 46-42, while Panama lost to Frewsburg twice, once by 15 points and a second time by seven.

With a win, the Lady Eagles would most likely match up with the No. 1 seed, the 19-1 Franklinville Lady Panthers, at JCC on Saturday, March 4 at 6 p.m. The Panthers also played Thursday night, March 2 against the No. 5 seed the 13-8 Clymer Pirates.

Earlier in the season, the Panthers, led by the Haskell sisters, were a real thorn in the side of Ellicottville, beating them at home in January by 16 points. The Lady Eagles got even on the road in February, beating the Lady Panthers by only two, 62-60. Hamilton was at the top of her game in the second meeting, scoring an amazing 45 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Fellow teammate Emmalea Erlandson added 15 rebounds, along with six points. If the Lady Eagles can play as well this week as they did back on Feb. 7 then they should advance past Saturday’s final round matchup.

As of press time, the March 2 games had yet to be played; you can follow all Section VI games for times and scores by going to their website: http://www.section6.e1b.org/

In college basketball Division I, St. Bonaventure’s men’s basketball team is still in the hunt to get to the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 18-11 and 10-7 in Atlantic 10 conference play, good enough for 5th place. Their latest outing was a disappointing loss to the 9th place Davidson College Wildcats by a score of 63-68. The Bonnies will play their final home game this Saturday, March 4 at the Reilly Center; tip of time will be 4 p.m. St. Bonaventure will host the 12th place Minutemen from UMass.

The Atlantic 10 Conference Championships will be held in Pittsburgh, PA. If  the Bonnies stay where they are in 5th place they will play March 9 at 2:30 p.m.; the game will be carried by NBCSN.

The Lady Bonnies’ season ended last Saturday, Feb. 25 with a first round Atlantic 10 playoff loss to La Salle in a heartbreaker 70-73. Randolph native Mckenna Maycock started in the game and played 39 minutes, the most on the team. Maycock contributed 10 points and three rebounds in the lost cause.

Just this past Tuesday, Feb. 28, Maycock earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team. The sophomore accounting major carried a 4.0 GPA. Earlier in the month, Maycock was also named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District team. Congratulations to this rising star— keep an eye on No. 10 in 2017-18!

The Lady Bonnies ended up 9-20 overall and 4-12 in Atlantic 10 conference play, netting them an 11th place finish. St. Bonaventure will be losing just one senior, Imani Outlaw, so the faces should not change too much for next season.

In Division III basketball, Hilbert Hawks men’s and women’s basketball seasons came to a close on Wednesday, Feb. 22 with first round playoff losses. The men’s team lost to Penn State Altoona by just one point, 79-80, and failed to advance. The Hawks ended with an overall record of 15-11. Panama native freshman Josh Eddy had an injury – plagued year, playing in only 21 games, and averaging 7.8 minutes per game. The 6’8” 250-pound center looks to improve on his playing time and contributions to the team on offense and rebounding. Eddy averaged 1.6 points per game and 2.2 rebounds.

The Lady Hawks ended their season against the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, losing 55-69. The ladies ended up 11-15 overall, their best showing ever and first ever playoff appearance. Pioneer High School star and junior forward Shannon Rodgers ended the season with seven points and three rebounds in the final game.

Player Development tip of the week: With the basketball season winding down, most players will be hanging up their sneakers until next fall. Don’t overlook the opportunity to play some organized summer basketball either in the AAU youth programs or attending one of the many fine summer basketball camps. Hilbert College offers separate sleep over camps for both boys and girls taking place on campus in Hamburg, NY.

The boys dates are: Session 1 – June 25-29, Session 2 July 9 – 13. For info, contact Rob deGrandpre, Head Coach, at rdegrandpre@hilbert.edu or (716)-926-8803. Many of the Hilbert players will work with the campers to help them improve their game.

The girls dates are: Session 1 – July 16 – 20, High School Elite Camp July 30 – Aug. 3, For more info, contact Melissa Graham, Head Coach, at mgraham@hilbert.edu or (716) 926-8775.