ELLICOTTVILLE — Strong defensive presence and free throws proved to be the difference for No. 3 Ellicottville in a back-and-forth win in Friday’s Section 6 Class C2 quarterfinal.
“Our defense was consistent all night, and that’s what carried throughout the game,” Ellicottville coach Dave McCann said. “(Frewsburg) knocked down shots in the first and third quarter, but our ball pressure in the second and fourth quarter was really good.
“We held Brad Nelson to very few good looks. We were strong defensively against him and I knew we would have to be to win tonight. Our kids stepped up in the fourth quarter. We were able to knock down free throws down the stretch to extend our lead and earn the victory.”
Frewsburg took an early 19-13 lead after the first quarter, but the Eagles battled back to tie it at halftime. Despite the Bears holding onto a one-point advantage, Ellicottville outscored Frewsburg 21-9 in the fourth quarter to advance to the semifinals.
Ellicottville finished the game shooting 22 of 26 from the line. Clayton Rowland was a team-best 11-for-12 from the line to go along with his 22 points. He added 10 rebounds, six steals and five assists. Leif Jimerson also finished in double figures with 16 points. Wyatt Chudy recorded nine points and 11 rebounds.
Brad Nelson highlighted the double-digit scorers for No. 6 Frewsburg (15-6) with 15 points. Aaron Hair had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jameson Sposato chipped in 11 points.
CLASS C2 QUARTERFINALS
Randolph 49, Franklinville 40
RANDOLPH — After defeating Global Concepts on Wednesday in the first round, Franklinville turned in a strong effort on short rest but fell to top-seed Randolph.
Randolph was led by two scorers in double figures. Tyler Hind finished with 25 points, six rebounds and four assists. The senior knocked down a team-high four shots from beyond the arc. Kaleb Steward registered 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Cardinals (20-1) advance to the semifinals and will play No. 5 Salamanca on Tuesday at Jamestown Community College.
Blake Frank powered the Panthers (9-13) with 13 points. Logan Frank chipped in 11 points. Kameron Ramadhan and Matthew Peters each had a 3-pointer.