JHS returns to semifinals |  News, Sports, Work

JHS returns to semifinals | News, Sports, Work

Jamestown’s Greg Brumagin tries to get past a Clarence defender on his way to the basket during the Section VI, Class AA1 boys basketball quarterfinal game at McElrath High School. PJ photo by Scott Kindberg

Greg Brumagin didn’t make many headlines during his four-year varsity career, but he’s a player Jamestown basketball coach Billy Miley couldn’t live without.

Friday night was a perfect example of why.

For the record, the senior guard scored 10 points — he was 2-for-4 from the arc and 4-for-4 from the foul line — grabbed three rebounds, dished out an assist and made one huge steal as the top-seeded Red and Green (17-4) rallied for a 61-54 victory over No. 8 Clarence in a Section VI Class AA1 quarterfinal Friday night at McElrath Gymnasium.

The win sets up a semifinal game at 8 p.m. Monday at Buffalo State Sports Arena against No. 4 Orchard Park (17-4), a 71-53 win over No. 5 Hutch Tech.

However, Jamestown might not make another trip to its postseason “home away from home” without Brumagin’s quick play in the final minutes.

Jamestown’s Elijah Farmer (0) challenges Clarence’s Ryan Ames for a shot during the Section VI, Class AA1 boys basketball quarterfinal game at McElrath High School in Jamestown Friday. PJ photo by Scott Kindberg

Leading 56-52 with the ball, the Red and Green, who were in the midst of a 14-5 run, had a turnover near the Red Devils basket and Clarence looked poised for a fast break opportunity that could have led to an easy basket that would to cut Jamestown’s lead to two points.

Brumagin had other ideas.

“This stretch of the playoffs is probably the last time I’ll be in real games,” said Brumagin, who plans to attend SUNY Fredonia in the fall to run track, “so every game counts.”

Tracking the play, he caught the Clarence holder from behind, knocked the ball away and the Red and Green took possession. Ten seconds later, senior Bishop Butts hit one of two free throws to extend Jamestown’s lead to 57-52 with 1:10 left, and then sophomore Dominic Gonzalez and senior Jaydian Johnson connected twice from the charity stripe in the final minute to keep the lead and win.

“(Brumagin’s) effort is non-stop,” Miley said. “Kids today want to score, score, score and he can certainly shoot the ball, but he does so many other things. We put him as the best guard on the other team in a long time, and I don’t know if I can think of a time in the last five years where he hasn’t been giving it his best effort.”

Miley also received significant input from others.

Johnson led Jamestown with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists; and sophomore Elijah Farmer contributed 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

As it turned out, Miley needed all those lopsided numbers because Clarence coach Doug Radka had the Red Devils ready right out of the gate.

In fact, until the Red and Green’s second-half rally — they trailed by as many as eight points early in the third quarter — Radka’s crew felt downright comfortable in “The Mac.” By halftime, Clarence led 36-34 thanks to a terrific 67 percent shooting from the field (14 of 21).

“The last few games they’ve been shooting really well, but on top of that we haven’t been communicating the best way and that’s a bad combination,” Miley said.

Only the strong play of Johnson (13 points, all in the first quarter), Farmer (11 points) and Brumagin (8 points) kept Jamestown close at the break.

A 6-0 run by the Red Devils early in the second half extended their lead to 42-34, but the Red and Green finished the third quarter on a 9-5 run — 5 points from Johnson and two each from Farmer and Brumagin — to stay within striking distance. distance.

After that, the final eight minutes belonged exclusively to Jamestown, who started the period with 12 unanswered points to take a 55-49 lead. Greg Erbacher snapped Clarence’s scoring streak with a 3-pointer at 2:27 to cut the Red and Green’s lead to 55-52. But a Gonzalez free throw made it 56-52 with 2:09 left and Brumagin made the huge steal a half-minute later.

Now it’s Buffalo State and the sectional semifinals for the 23rd time in the last 26 seasons.

“I was a little worried (at first),” Brumagin said, “but it feels great to win.”

NOTES: Erbacher led Clarence with 19 points, Sean Gilmartin had 11 and Ryan Amis contributed 10, but the Red Devils shot just 27 percent (6-of-22) in the second half. … Jamestown’s only two Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 losses this season came to Orchard Park, but the Red & Green still won the league title because the Quakers suffered a surprise upset loss to Williamsville North in the regular-season finale.

CLARENCE (54)

Gilmartin 3 5 11, McCarthy 0 0 0, Brinkerhoff 1 0 2, GERbacher 7 1 19, Ames 4 1 10, BERbacher 1 0 3, Toobin 4 1 9. Total 20 8 54.

JAMESTOWN (61)

Farmer 6 0 15, Gonzalez 2 3 7, Brumagin 2 4 10, Sanchez 0 0 0, Karlsson 0 2 2, Butts 1 1 3, Johnson 7 7 24. Totals 18 17 61.

3-point field goals — GERbacher 4, Ames, BERbacher, Farmer 3, Brumagin 2, Johnson 3.

Clarence 18 18 11 7 — 54

Jamestown 18 16 9 18 — 61

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