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By Bill Peglowski

The sixth seeded Silver Creek Varsity Basketball team made their way into the semifinals by beating the No. 11 Maple Grove team. For the quarterfinals, Silver Creek traveled to No. 3 Frewsburg and came away with a 67-59 victory.
In the semifinals at Jamestown Community College, the Silver Creek boys faced off against No. 2 Holland. Holland jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead. An Aidan Jamison 3-pointer brought Silver Creek back to within five only to be countered with a 3-point score from Holland. Very even play for the rest of the first quarter left the score at 17-9. Silver Creek came out hard in a second quarter that saw them outscore Holland 15-5. That run included two 3-point scores for Jamison and was capped with a 3-point score by Ray Cortez. The Cortez score put Silver Creek in front 24-22 at halftime.
In the beginning of the third quarter, the Silver Creek offense stalled allowing Holland to surge back into a 37-28 advantage. A 7-3 Silver Creek spurt as the quarter ended moved the score to 40-35. Holland scored the first nine points in the final period taking the score to 49-35. From that point, Holland was able to hold on for a 64-49 win. Cortez was dominant for Silver Creek with 11 points in the fourth quarter and a game total of 25. Aidan Jamison added another eight points.
The sixth seeded Silver Creek Varsity girls basketball team also made it to the semifinals with a 70-28 win over Buffalo’s MST (Math, Science, & Technology Preparatory School), a No. 3 seed.
In the semifinals at JCC, Portville took an early 6-2 advantage over Silver Creek. That lead grew to 15-6 as the first quarter ended. The deficit grew to 19-6 before back-to-back Abby Rice 3-pointers started a Silver Creek comeback that closed the score to 25-19 by halftime. An offensive collapse in the third quarter by Silver Creek gave way to a 22-7 surge by Holland. An 8-point fourth quarter from Jade Bouvier helped Silver Creek build a 19-6 rally. That still saw Silver Creek fall short 53-45 in the game. Leading the scoring for Silver Creek was Rice with 16 points. Jade Bouvier added nine points and Malani Eldridge had six points.
Gowanda placed 5th in the D2 Large Varsity division of the Section 6 Cheerleader Championships held Feb. 12. Competing against larger schools including Starpoint and Newfane, Gowanda performed a solid routine with only 1 point deducted.
“We are looking forward to next season,” Gowanda coach Michelle Merrill said.

SCOREBOARD

Boys Basketball
Semifinals – Feb. 28
-Holland 64, Silver Creek 49
Finals – March 4
-Salamanca 70, Holland 51

Girls Basketball
Semifinals – March 3
-Portville 53, Silver Creek 45
Finals – March 5
-Portville 44, Falconer 33