ELMIRA - The Jamestown Red Raiders were in the zone Sunday evening, and they'll be playing for a tournament championship tonight as a result.
Making use of a stingy zone defense and an outstanding effort by senior Quinn Lee Yaw, Jamestown downed Horseheads in the semifinals of the National Division at the Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic.
The Red Raiders (3-2) will now meet the Dom Bosco (N.J.) Prep/St. Mary's (Long Island) winner at 6:45 p.m., today for the championship.
Quinn Lee Yaw, seen earlier this month, recorded a double-double in Jamestown’s win over Horseheads on Sunday.
P-J file photo by Scott Kindberg
''We're just getting better as the season goes on,'' Jamestown coach Ben Drake said. ''We had some tough games early, we've had a couple of snowed-out games and it seems like we got started really late, so they're still finding themselves. It's a long season and I think we're just starting now to figure out who we are and what team we need to be each night to be successful.''
Last night, Drake received contributions from several different sources.
Lee Yaw poured in 20 points (on 9-of-16 from the floor), grabbed 15 rebounds, blocked two shots, and had three assists and three steals to lead the way.
''Quinn was just a man among boys all game,'' Drake said.
But Lee Yaw had help.
Senior Matt Hoaglund came off the bench to score 13 points; junior Zack Panebianco added 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds; and junior Stephen Carlson added eight points and six rebounds.
Drake also reserved plenty of praise for senior Josh Colwell, who didn't score a point.
''He really did a nice job of moving well in the zone,'' Drake said. ''He played a role that we needed tonight and that's what we've been looking for is some consistency among some of our role players.''
The Red Raiders trailed, 14-11, after the first quarter, but, thanks to an effective 2-3 zone, limited Horseheads (4-2) to 30 points the rest of the game.
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''They run a real good man-to-man offense with a lot of good, solid screens, and they were getting some easy buckets,'' Drake said. ''In the second quarter, we switched to the 2-3 zone, we stayed with it the rest of the game, and it was every effective.''
Jamestown outscored Horseheads, 17-9, in the second quarter, highlighted by a pair of treys from Hoaglund and six points from Lee Yaw. The Red Raiders led, 28-23, at halftime and 43-35 after three periods.
''This has been a great trip for us,'' Drake said.
The Red Raiders will have a big test tonight no matter who the opponent is.
Dom Bosco Prep has a point guard headed to George Washington University and a center, who will be a scholarship tight end on the Boston College football team. Meanwhile, St. Mary's has a 6-foot-11 center.
''Both teams are very good,'' Drake said. ''We'll have our work cut out for us.''
Castro 0 0 0, Kinsey 1 0 2, Colwell 0 0 0, Park 3 0 7, Nazzaro 0 0 0, Panebianco 2 6 10, Haberberger 0 0 0, Larson 0 0 0, Hoaglund 5 0 13, Carlson 4 0 8, Lee Yaw 9 2 20, Totals 24 8 60.
McCormick 1 0 3, Gaskins 6 2 14 Devonte, Corcoran 3 0 7, Stermer 3 1 8, Clark 1 0 3, Sutton 1 0 2, SNickerson 1 0 2, C Nickerson 2 1 5, Totals 18 4 44.
3-point goals-Park, Hoaglund 3, McCormick, Corcoran, Stermer, Clark.
Jamestown11 17 15 17 - 60
Horseheads14 9 12 9 - 44