It was a night of upsets in the Section Four Class D boys basketball tournament, with the 14th, 11th and 10th seeds all advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Edmeston, the 14th seed, pulled the biggest upset. The Panthers defeated third-seeded Richfield Springs, 51-48.
No. 11 Gilboa also advanced, downing sixth-seeded Stamford, 47-44, and 10th-seeded Marathon knocked off defending Section Four Class D champion South Kortright, 75-67.
Edmeston 51, RS 48
The Panthers (9-9) held off a fourth-quarter rally by host Richfield Springs for an opening round victory.
Down three with five seconds remaining, Indians senior Keegan Wheelock-Tanner took a three-pointer that missed the mark.
The Indians trailed, 41-29, to start the fourth quarter. They closed to two points twice, but Logan Vibbard’s 3-for-4 free throw shooting helped keep the Panthers ahead.
Vibbard had a team-high 12 points. Clayton Hawes contributed 10 points, and Linton Wainright and Nick DeVries had
nine points apiece.
Hawes scored nine of his points in the first half as the Panthers built a seven-point lead.
Edmeston, which handed top-seeded Morris its only loss this season, 46-35 on Dec. 28, will travel to 11th-seeded Gilboa on Saturday.
RS’ Joseph Kelly scored a game-high 22 points for the Indians.
Kelly and fellow starter Benjamin Smith, who scored 10 points, dealt with foul trouble for most of the night. Both players fouled out midway through the
“The rest of our kids did a heck of a job getting us back in it.” Indians coach Bill Stevens said.
Marathon 75, SK 67
Defending Section Four Class D champion South Kortright scored 18 points or better in three quarters and placed four guys in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to win a Section Four Class D first-round game at home.
“We hung with them,” SK coach Bob VanValkenburgh said of the 10th-seeded Olympians. “We’d get down four or five points, but they’d always make a key shot. They’re a good team.”