High school basketball playoffs: McGraw loses, Tully advances to state semifinals

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — It was a close contest for much of the game, but the McGraw Eagles were unable to overcome a fourth quarter surge by the Harrisville Pirates at SRC Arena Saturday afternoon in the 2018 New York State Public High School Athletic Association regional finals.

Harrisville held an 8-point lead over McGraw at halftime, but a third-quarter run by the Eagles cut the Pirates’ lead to 43-40 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Pirates would go on to outscore the Eagles by eight points in the fourth quarter, winning by a final score of 66-55.

Chase Curtis put up 13 points, 9 rebounds, one block, and one steal for the Eagles. Kevin Shorts put up 15 points along with three assists and two steals.

Harrisville will face Buffalo East on Friday in the Class D Tournament state semifinals in Binghamton.

Tully advances to semifinals

The Tully Black Knights defeated the Unadilla Valley Storm by a score of 56-40.

The Black Knights went into halftime trailing by four points. Things looked shaky in the second half, but an 8-0 run in the third quarter helped the Tully Black Knights blow past the Storm.

“We increased our intensity on defense,” Tully head coach Ryan Dando said. “We let our defense turn into offense.”

Jake Edinger put up 19 points, four assists, and four steals for the Black Knights. Joe Crawford contributed with 15 points, seven blocks and five steals.

Tully will face Section V Champions Northstar Christian (25-1) at Floyd L. Maines Arena in Binghamton on Friday, March 16, at 1:15 p.m.

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