After Mount Vernon and Spring Valley lost earlier today in the state semifinals, Section 1 is down to just one team: Woodlands. The Falcons will try to keep the season alive tonight and advance to next weekend’s state Federation tournament at the University at Albany.
Woodlands will play defending state champ Westhill tonight at 9 for the state championship. Actually, expect the game to tip at 9:15 or later.
The Falcons will be charged with stopping the state’s top-ranked Class B team and arguably the state’s best Class B player. Westhill senior Jordan Roland, a 6-foot-1 guard committed to George Washington, scored 38 points in his team’s 69-53 defeat of a good Leadership Academy team in Friday’s semifinals. Roland had plenty of assistance from 6-5 senior forward Tyler Reynolds and 5-11 senior guard Jeff Lobello. Those three combined for 65 of the team’s 69 points and attempted all but three of Westhill’s 44 field goals, so they are the ones to stop.
Woodlands will be a size disadvantage. In addition to Reynolds, the Warriors start 6-4 senior Dan O’Connell up front. He is another agile big man who will be a factor.
Bob Murphy told me last night he still has a few new cards to pull tonight, although I can’t imagine Woodlands would think about playing a box-and-one and leaving itself susceptible on the glass. I guess we’ll see.
Check back for much more later. I’ll have plenty of updates during the game @lohudinsider and will update this post following the game.
The winner will meet Maspeth, who won the PSAL Class B championship earlier today.
Class B state championship
At the Glens Falls Civic Center:
Westhill 70, Woodlands 62
Game recap —
Class B state championship
Westhill 70, Woodlands 62: At the Glens Falls Civic Center, Woodlands led for the majority of the game until it succumbed to a 13-0 Westhill run over a 1:50 stretch late in the third quarter. The Warriors (20-2) strong finish resulted in a second straight Class B state championship.
Senior Jordan Roland had 18 points and 15 rebounds to earn tournament MVP honors. He had plenty of assistance, including a team-high 20 points and 10 rebounds by Tyler Reynolds, 15 points from younger brother Ryan Roland and 11 points and seven rebounds off the bench by Brian Daily.
Woodlands (22-4) led 41-38 after a basket with 3:25 left in the third quarter by Pierre Lys, who scored a game-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The Falcons actually led by 10, 19-9, after a strong first quarter, but they were outscored 61-43 the rest of the way.
Woodlands was outrebounded 39-20 and surrendered 16 offensive rebounds. Westhill also attempted 25 free throws to just three for the Falcons, who were 0 for 3 and did not go to the line at all until the closing minutes.
Ross Joseph had 12 points and three assists for Woodlands. Jamil Gambari added 11 points, but was just 5 for 18 from the field. Brandon Johnson had eight points, five rebounds and three assists, but he finished just 4 of 14.
Game story: Story by Josh Thomson.
Photo gallery: Photos by Seth Harrison.
Video: Video by Seth Harrison.
Upcoming schedule —
Saturday, March 28
Class B state Federation touranment
Semifinals, at SEFCU Arena (U. at Albany):
Westhill (NYSPHSAA) vs. Maspeth (PSAL), 3 p.m.