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Boys tourney action heats up this week

Max Rodriguez and the rest of the Westlake Demons will open Division I tournament play against neighborhood rival North Ridgeville. (West Life photo by Larry Bennet)

Max Rodriguez and the rest of the Westlake Demons will open Division I tournament play against neighborhood rival North Ridgeville. (West Life photo by Larry Bennet)

The postseason for boys basketball is finally here.

Action began this past Monday night out in Grafton at the Division I sectional-district tournament at Midview. North Olmsted faced Southwestern Conference foe Amherst and came away with a 53-34 win, while Olmsted Falls had its season come to an end in a 64-60 loss to SWC rival Berea.

Westlake jumps into the fray tonight as the Demons take on Midview in a 6 p.m. matchup at Midview. The Rangers beat Westlake during the regular season, so senior sharp-shooter Jason Labroo and the rest of the Demons will be looking for a payback.

With a win, Westlake would advance to the sectional championship game Friday at 6 p.m. versus the winner of tonight’s Cloverleaf-Brunswick matchup. That game will follow tonight’s Westlake-North Ridgeville contest.

North Olmsted, which was led by Marc Remy’s 15-point game, will no face No. 2 seed Strongsville Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

In Division II, West Shore Conference champion Rocky River had a first-round bye and will face the winner of tonight’s Elyria Catholic-Buckeye semifinal. That game will be played Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake.

Tonight’s second game at Westlake pits Firelands against Vermilion, with the winner taking on No. 3 Bay Friday at 6 p.m. in a sectional championship game.

James Meyer and the top-seeded Rocky River Pirates will look to earn their first district championship since 2006. (West Life photo by Larry Bennet)

James Meyer and the top-seeded Rocky River Pirates will look to earn their first district championship since 2006. (West Life photo by Larry Bennet)

Should River and Bay both win, the much-anticipated third meeting of the season between the two arch rivals would take place march 9 at 7 p.m. in the district semifinals. The Pirates won both regular-season games, the second being an exciting 46-43 win that clinched their outright WSC title.

Avon, the No. 2 seed, is in the bottom bracket along with defending district champion Clearview, the No. 4 seed and co-champions of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division.

In Division III, Lutheran West opens tournament play Wednesday night against Trinity at 6:15 p.m. at Painesville Harvey High School. The Longhorns, co-champions of the PAC Stripes with Clearview, are 11-9 and hoping to advance to Saturday’s sectional championship game.

Their opponent more than likely would be Cleveland Central Catholic, which faces Horizon Science Academy in the opening round Wednesday night. Saturday’s sectional championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Fairview made the long trek to Painesville Monday night and dropped a tough 51-47 decision to Independence. John Miles led all scorers with 24 points, but it wasn’t quite enough as a 22-18 fourth quarter by the Blue Devils made the difference.

 

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