Sailors seek revenge
Lakeview’s seniors have been playing basketball for a good long while. And they will no doubt recall their team’s 2011 meeting with Mercyhurst Prep in the District 10 playoffs.
Lakeview led for almost the entire game. But Prep took over in the final minute, pulling out a heartbreaking 48-47 come-from-behind victory over the Sailors.
Today at 6:30 p.m., the Sailors will be looking for a little revenge — as well as a berth in the D-10 championship game — as they take on the Lakers in the District 10 Class AA semifinals at Mercyhurst University.
Lakeview (20-3) advanced to the semis with a 48-37 victory over Titusville during Friday’s quarterfinal round. Mercyhurst Prep (16-7) moved on by beating Sharpsville 65-46 in the quarters.
Both Lakeview and Mercyhurst Prep are honorable mentions in Class AA according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
The winner of the game will move on to the D-10 title tilt, where it will face the winner of today’s other semifinal between West Middlesex and Fairview.
West Middlesex (20-3) is the No. 3-ranked Class AA team in the state according to the Harrisburg Patriot-News. The Big Reds advanced with an 82-44 victory over Iroquois.
Fairview (15-8) was a 59-46 victor over Saegertown.
Region 6 clash in semis
The District 10 Class AAA semifinals are set to begin today — or should we say — the Region 6 tournament. The top four teams in the region will hook up for the third time this season.
General McLane (18-5) should feel quite comfortable going up against East (12-11), knowing that they beat them twice this season already. Back on Jan. 4, the Lancers cruised to a 60-41 win over the Warriors and continued their dominance a few weeks later with a 76-55 win.
Round three takes place tonight at 8 at Merychurst University.
In the quarterfinals, Jaymon Mason and Quinn Thompson teamed up to lead the Lancers over Farrell 70-55. Mason scored 26 points — 20 coming in the second half — and Thompson finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.
East squeaked out a 46-43 win over Region 5 champion Hickory to reach the semifinals.
On the other side of the bracket, Region 6 champion Girard (19-4) will look to reach the District 10 finals with a win over Strong Vincent (13-10).
The YellowJackets and Colonels split the season series, making tonight’s match-up at 8 p.m. at Edinboro University the rubber game. On Jan. 10, Strong Vincent defeated Girard 54-42. The YellowJackets bounced back with a 10-point victory of their own, defeating the Colonels 70-56 on Feb. 5.
In the quarterfinals, Girard beat Sharon 47-43 and Strong Vincent ousted Meadville 73-41.
If McLane and Girard were to meet in the finals, the Lancers would have a third shot at revenge. During the regular season, the YellowJackets defeated the Lancers 48-44 on Jan. 25 and 47-46 in the regular season finale on Feb. 15.
Pete Chiodo can be reached at 724-6370 ext. 275 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.