The four Section 10 boys basketball teams which will take part in the state playoffs next week were in action Thursday night at SUNY Potsdam playing in semifinals of the overall tournament.
Massena and Ogdensburg Free Academy will meet for that championship Friday while Madrid-Waddington and St. Lawrence Central will begin practicing for their upcoming state playoff contests.
Class A champion Massena opens on Tuesday at a Section 2 site to be named.
Class B champion OFA has a first-round bye and will host either the Section 2 or 7 champion March 9 at SUNY Potsdam in a quarterfinal.
Class C champion St. Lawrence Central opens at a Section 2 site to be named and Class D champion Madrid-Waddington hosts the Section 7 champion on Tuesday at SUNY Potsdam.
The Red Raiders got into the state playoffs in dramatic fashion as Zach Rusaw scored with 1.7 seconds left to give the Red Raiders (12-8) a 48-47 win over Malone in the Section 10 championship game. The Red Raiders had lost twice to Malone by double figures during the regular season.
Rusaw leads Massena, averaging 14.8 points and Joey LaBelle averages 12.2.
Massena coach Tom Miller
The Red Raiders will open the state playoffs at Section 2. Top-seeded Scotia will meet No. 3 Glens Falls for that championship on Saturday.
The Blue Devils (20-1) have been a dominant team this season, losing only once, 57-48 to Malone on Dec. 7. Since that game OFA has won 17 straight games and the Blue Devils average victory margin has been 34.7 points.
OFA reached the state tournament with a 46-36 win over three-time champion Potsdam.
Breton LaRose, who won the Joe Jukoski Award, which goes to Section 10's top overall player, averages 18.3 points.
LaRose's brother Kinnon averages 11.4 points and Matt Piercey averages 10.8 for OFA.
OFA coach Mark Henry
OFA has a first-round bye and will host either the Section 2 or 7 champion in a state quarterfinal on March. 9.
Section 2's championship is Saturday and features No. 1 Watervliet against No. 2 Schuylerville. Section 7's championship game is also Saturday and features Beekmantown against Peru.
St. Lawrence Central Outlook
The championship experience was new for the Larries (10-11) last year, but St. Lawrence Central earned a second straight trip to the state tournament with a 48-37 win over Canton in the Section 10 title game. The Larries had gone just 2-4 in their previous six games before the postseason began.
Zane Ramsdell leads the team at 16.2 points and Josh White averages 10.8.
SLC coach Joey Reome
St. Lawrence Central will open the state playoffs at Section 2. That championship will be decided Saturday when top-seeded Hoosic Valley meets No. 2 Lake George.
The Yellow Jackets (16-7) made it to the state championship game last year and earned another trip to the state playoffs by knocking out the top three seeds in Section 10. Madrid-Waddington was a No. 6 seed and won the title with a 57-41 win over St. Regis Falls.
Colin O'Bryan, who missed five games during the season with a knee injury, leads the team with 13.9 points per game.
Richard Wright averages 11.5 points and Greg Thompson averages 9.1 for Madrid-Waddington.
Madrid-Waddington coach Aaron Jones
The Yellow Jackets will host the Section 7 champion in the first round of the state playoffs on Tuesday.
Section 7's semifinals are Friday with No. 3 Elizabethtown-Lewis playing No. 2 Moriah and No. 5 Chazy facing No. 1 Schroon Lake. The championship game will be Saturday.