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Coin Flip Sets Ellicottville Boys 4th in Class D

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By Sam Wilson

A slate of 10 league games wasn’t enough to separate the Franklinville and Ellicottville boys basketball teams.

So to set the seedings for the Section 6 Class D playoffs, the section’s boys basketball committee used the time-tested random tiebreaker of a coin toss. As a result, Franklinville pushed ahead of Ellicottville for third in Class D, dropping the Eagles to fourth.

Franklinville (17-3) awaits either No. 6 Panama (11-9) or No. 11 North Collins (6-14) for a Friday Class D quarterfinal. The Panthers seek a second-straight sectional title after making a run to the state final four last year. But No. 1 seed Buffalo East (14-6) could stand in the way for both Franklinville and its rival Ellicottville.

If seeds hold, Franklinville would play No. 2 Sherman (15-5) and Ellicottville (18-2) would play East in the semifinals at JCC.

The Eagles will play either No. 5 Frewsburg (11-8) or No. 12 Brocton (2-18) Friday. Ellicottville beat Frewsburg 55-41 in the Eagles’ holiday tournament Dec. 14.

“They’re a pretty physical team, they have some good size, so that would be a tough matchup at home in that quarterfinal game,” coach Dave McCann said.

“As far as East goes, I’ve seen them play a couple times and they’re athletic,” he added. “(Willard) Anderson is one of the best guards in Western New York so that’ll be a challenging matchup as well if we’re fortunate enough to make it that far.”

IN THE Section 6 girls playoffs, unbeaten Franklinville (20-0) received the second seed in Class D behind Panama (18-1), its foe in the last two championship losses.

Ellicottville (10-10) took the fourth seed in Class D and a Thursday first round home game against No. 5 Pine Valley (13-7). The CCAA East II teams split this regular season, with Pine Valley winning 50-45 in Ellicottville Jan. 17 and Ellicottville winning 50-41 at Pine Valley Feb. 5.

SECTION 6 BOYS BASKETBALL

(All games 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated)

CLASS D

Wednesday’s First Round Games

9. Forestville (8-12) at 8. Pine Valley (9-11)

12. Brocton (2-18) 5. Frewsburg (11-8)

10. Clymer (8-12) at 7. Westfield (12-8)

11. North Collins (6-14) at 6. Panama (11-9)

Friday’s Quarterfinals

1. Buffalo East (14-6) vs. Pine Valley/Forestville winner, at Bennett, 5:30 p.m.

Frewsburg/Brocton winner at 4. Ellicottville (18-2)

Westfield/Clymer winner at 2. Sherman (15-5)

Panama/North Collins winner at 3. Franklinville (17-3)

Tuesday’s Semifinals (Feb. 27)

(at Jamestown Community College)

Quarterfinal winners, 6 and 7:45 p.m.

Friday’s Championship (March 2)

(at Jamestown Community College)

Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

SECTION 6 GIRLS BASKETBALL

CLASS D

Thursday’s First Round Games

8. North Collins (5-13) at 1. Panama (18-1)

5. Pine Valley (13-7) at 4. Ellicottville (10-10)

6. Frewsburg (7-12) at 3. Sherman (13-7)

7. Clymer (11-9) at 2. Franklinville (20-0)

Thursday’s Semifinals (March 1)

(at Jamestown CC)

Quarterfinal winners, 7:30 p.m.

Quarterfinal winners, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Championship (March 3)

(at Jamestown CC)

Semifinal winners, noon

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