Photos by Steve Harrison, video by John Anderson, stats from Bill Collmer
The run to the New York State Final Four seemed like another mission on cruise control for Avoca/Prattsburgh’s boys’ basketball team.
However, the always-dangerous Notre Dame of Batavia, the #3 seed at 16-6 knocked off tough #2 Fillmore (16-6) with ease, 81-58.
Notre Dame has played a tough schedule. No. 1 Avoca/Prattsburgh has also played a tough schedule, The Avoca-Prattsburgh boys are looking for their 3rd Straight Sectional Championship Saturday. as four of their opponents during the regular season are playing in Section V Finals.
A/P (20-2) defeated B2 and D2 Jasper-Troupsburgh and lost to C2 York and C3 Lyons.
To get to the finals, A/P had a quick 76-39 win over No. 4 HAC (11-11). In this video, you can see 10 different players on the floor and how unselfish the team can be. A/P senior Sawyer Devoe, who is closing in on 1,000 points, hardly shot in the game and had just six points.
Also in the win for A/P, Haden Abbott scored game-high 25 points and fellow senior Evan Campbell scored 16 points. Junior Macoy Putnam had 11 points and 10 boards.
Some incredible stats from Bill Collmer, a contributing writer for the Hornell Sun and Wellsville Sun:
From Collmer: Heading into the D1 Sectional Semifinals Tuesday night, Avoca-Prattsburgh Senior Sawyer Devoe has 967 Career points and 505 Career Rebounds. Junior Macoy Putnam has 850 career points, 434 Assists and 290 Steals.
Since joining forces in 2021 The Avoca/Prattsburgh boys’ basketball team is 57-2, they’re 33-0 versus Class D schools. I am their self proclaimed numbers guy so I’m going to throw some numbers at you, and boy are they impressive.
In 2021 they went 11-0 and won all 11 games by double figures, they defeated Batavia Notre Dame in the Sectional Championship game by 15. They won the other 10 games by, 60, 13, 46, 37, 44, 40, 31, 38, 51, and 34.
In 2022 Avoca/Prattsburgh went 27-0 and won the Class D State Championship. They won 24-of-27 games by double figures. Including the State Semifinals by 17 and state title game by 12. The other games they won by, 75, 14, 22, 39, 5, 80, 38, 29, 28, 67, 33, 40, 22, 47, 55, 34, 3, 56, 20, 33, 90, 48, 1, 20 and 22.
STEVE HARRISON PHOTO GALLERY: