PREVIEW: High school basketball
Boys, First round
MASSENA VS. BISHOP LUDDEN
When, where: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Cicero-North Syracuse
Outlook: Massena (16-5) earned its trip to the state playoffs with a 62-52 victory over Malone in the Section 10 championship game. The Red Raiders defeated Class C champion Tupper Lake 45-42 in the Section 10 overall semifinals and fell 86-49 to Ogdensburg Free Academy in the overall title game. Three of Massenas five losses came against OFA this season. Massenas leading scorer is Dante Viskovich (13.1 points). Xavier Viskovich (10.5) is the other Red Raider in double figures. ... Bishop Ludden (19-2), ranked No. 10 in the state, routed Jamesville-DeWitt 76-49 in the Section 3 championship game. The Gaelic Knights, who defeated Carthage in the Class A semifinals, are led by Daniel Kaigler (17.4), who is considered one of the top players in the Syracuse area. Other key players for Bishop Ludden are Ben Hackett (13.4), Jack Rauch (11.9) and Zach Walser (10.4).
OFA vs. VOORHEESVILLE
When, where: 6 p.m., today, Saratoga High School
Outlook: OFA (21-1) is ranked No. 2 in the state poll and has not lost since falling 65-63 to Albany Academy on Dec. 6. The Blue Devils have outscored the opposition by an average of 49.5 points in four postseason games. OFA beat Potsdam 90-28 in the Section 10 championship game and routed Massena 86-49 in the overall championship game. OFAs leading scorer is junior Kinnon LaRose (23.2), who is already being recruited by some well-known NCAA Division I programs. The other top offensive players for OFA are Matt Piercey (14.4) and Colin Ross (12.7). ... Voorheesville (21-1) is the No. 10 team in the state and reached the tournament with a 61-37 win over Broadalbin-Perth in the Section 2 championship game. Noah Crawford (18.1) is the leading scorer for the Blackbirds. Other top offensive options include Logan Hotaling (12.6) and Dylan Hensel (11.4).
TUPPER LAKE VS. SETON CATHOLIC
When, where: 7:45 p.m., today, SUNY Potsdam
Outlook: Tupper Lake (14-7) reached the state playoffs with a 78-40 win over Brushton-Moira in the Section 10 championship game. The Lumberjacks lost by just three points (45-42) to Class A Massena in the Section 10 overall semifinals. Tupper Lakes top offensive player is Mitch Keniston (15.0). ... Section Catholic (16-3) is No. 19 in the state poll and reached the tournament with a 51-41 win over Ticonderoga in the Section 7 championship game. The Knights top offensive players are Adam Tedford (16.4), Kaden Baugh (12.4) and Chris Kustos (11.8).
Girls, First round
CANTON VS. TAMARAC
When, where: 6 p.m., today, Troy High School
Outlook: Canton (16-5), ranked No. 15 in the state poll, earned its trip to the state tournament with a 59-38 win over OFA in the Section 10 championship game. The Golden Bears routed Potsdam 71-21 in a semifinal. Cantons offense is led by Tori Daley (15.4) and Kali Frank (12.2). ... Tamarac (20-2), the No. 6 team in the state, defeated Johnstown 53-45 in the Section 2 championship game. The Bengals are led on offense by Jenna Erickson (21.0) and Adiya Henderson (14.9).
ST. LAWRENCE VS. NORTHERN ADIRONDACK
When, where: 6 p.m., today, SUNY Potsdam
Outlook: St. Lawrence Central (13-8) is No. 20 in the state poll and made the state tournament after beating Brushton-Moira 41-30 in the Section 10 championship game. The Larries routed Norwood-Norfolk 54-32 in semfinal. St. Lawrence Centrals main offensive threat is senior Lindsey Thayer (15.2). ... Northern Adirondack (14-6) is No. 15 in the state poll. The Bobcats won the first Section 7 title in school history with a 37-27 victory over Seton Catholic. The teams offense is paced by Taylor Durnin (11.3), Jillian Scott (9.6) and Rachael Venne (8.6).