Scots face HAC in final
The Dundee Scots, on the strength of a strong first half, defeated the No. 1 seeded Red Jacket Indians 72-59 in Waterloo on Monday evening.
The No. 4 seed Scots outscored the Indians 18-8 in the first quarter and expanded the lead to 39-25 at the half.
The semifinal victory sends the Dundee Scots to the Class C2 finals for the second straight year. They will face another Finger Lakes West opponent — Harley Allendale Columbia — for the C2 Championship title at 5:15 p.m. Friday, March 6 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
The Dundee win was sparked by another fine offensive outing by senior Justin Schenck. He scored 20 points and hauled down nine rebounds.
Dylan Hastings added 12 points and also pulled down 9 rebounds. Tom Pratt added 11 points. The Scots held off a potential Red Jacket comeback attempt in the fourth quarter by going seven of eight from the charity stripe. Dundee improved their season record to 15-8.
The Scots tipped off their defense of the title with two big tournament wins last week.
On Tuesday evening in Dundee, the No. 4 seed Scots defeated No. 13 Geneseo 58-42 in an opening round game in the Class C2 tourney.
The Scotsmen got off to a fast start in this game, outscoring their guests 13-5 in the opening period. This set the tone for the rest of this contest. Dundee outscored Geneseo in every quarter and won going away 58-42.
Offensively for Dundee, Justin Schenck was the dominant force. He scored 21 points and also pulled down 12 rebounds. Dustin Warren chipped in 11 points. Ryan Ballard and Moore added eight and six points respectively. This was Dundee's 13th win of the season.
The victory on Tuesday propelled the Scotsmen cagers into the tournament's quarterfinal round against the No. 5 seed Kendall team on Friday evening in Dundee.
The Scots again made a quick, positive statement in the first half of this contest. Dundee jumped off to a 32-11 first half lead to take control of this game. A 21-6 run in the third quarter eliminated any thought of a Kendall comeback.
Besides scoring 69 points in this contest, a major effort by the Dundee defenders was a huge difference in this game. The No. 5 seed Kendall team entered this game with a high-powered offense that could put alot of points on the scoreboard. They were led by their talented scoring leader, Joshua Laureano. He had tallied 51 and 39 points in their previous two games. The Scotsmen duo of Moore and Ballard teamed up to effectively throw a net over the high scoring Laureano. They held him to just six points total. Dundee exhibited a balanced offense in this big win.
Hastings and Ryan Ballard both scored 12 points to pace the Scots. Hastings also grabbed 11 rebounds. Steven Webb added 10 points, Tortolon and Pratt, eight points each, and Justin Schenck seven. Pratt canned two 3-pointers as the Scotsmen improved their record to 14-8.