UPDATE: Hills West wins 59-57 on Tobias Harris putback with eight seconds left in regulation.

Greetings from the Glens Falls Civic Center where Hills West is taking on Rochester East in a state Class A semifinal. The winner will play CBA Albany in the state final at 2:45 p.m. Sunday.

Starting lineups:

Hills: Tobias Harris, Tyler Harris, Aaron McCree, Emile Blackman, Tavon Sledge

Rochester East: Jonathon Ivy, Clint Wilson, David Brannon, Brandon Caruthers, Trevor Tabron

FINAL: Hills West 59, Rochester East 57

Tyler Harris hit one of two free throws to make it 44-39 and Chris Cox, off the bench, converted a three-point play later to make it 47-42 Hills.

Tobias Harris then had a bucket and Tyler was fouled and hit both shots to put the Colts up 51-42 with 5:45 left. It’s a 7-0 run for Hills.

Ivy ended the run with two free throws, and the teams traded baskets to make it 53-46 Hills with 4:07 remaining. Hills West had a shot lock violation on its next possession.

Wilson hit a three to pull East within 53-49 with 3:23 left and time out on the floor.

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Hills West turned it over in the paint, but East missed a three the other way. Tobias had a putback off a Tyler miss to give the Colts a 55-49 lead with 2:26 to go.

Caruthers made two free throws to pull East back within 55-51 and Tyler Harris was stripped in the paint and Ivy brought East to 55-53.

It was 57-54 when Caruthers made one foul shot with 1:16 to go. Hills West then turned it over in the backcourt and Caruthers hit a jumper to tie it at 57 with 54 seconds left.

Wilson got a steal for East and Caruthers was fouled on the other end. He missed both shots.

Hills had the ball with under 30 seconds left. Sledge missed twice on a drive in the paint, but Tobias had the putback with eight seconds left to give Hills West a 59-57 lead.

East missed a long three-pointer at the buzzer and Hills West wins a close one, 59-57.

END OF THIRD QUARTER: Hills West 43, Rochester East 39

East led 27-23 two minutes into the second half then Tobias Harris had another two-handed drunk and Sledge a fastbreak lay-in to make it 27-27.

Brannon hit two foul shots for East and Sledge responded with another quick layin to tie it at 29 with 4:27 left in the third.

East went up three and Tyler Harris nailed a three-pointer from the left wing to tie it at 32 with about four minutes to go.

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Off an East missed shot, Hills ran the court and Blackman fed Tobias Harris for a dunk to give the Colts a 34-32 lead with under three minutes to go. Tobias then had a putback to make it 36-32 lead with 2:32 left in the third.

Tabron made two foul shots for East to make it 36-34, then Tyler Harris made another three, falling out of bounds on the left wing, to give Hills a 39-34 lead with 1:16 to go in the third.

Wilson hit two foul shots to pull East within 39-36 then Blackman made a double-clutch bank shot. Ivy then hit a three to make it 41-39 Hills West.

Tobias Harris made two foul shots with 20.6 seconds left to put the Colts up 43-39 and Wilson missed a three-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer.


HALFTIME STATS: Rochester East 23, Hills West 21

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Tobias Harris leads Hills with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Ivy leads East with seven points.

East
Field goals: 9-for-29
Three-pointers: 1-for-10
Foul shots: 4-for-4
Turnovers: 11
Steals: 6
Rebounds: 18

Hills West
Field goals: 8-for-24
Three-pointers: 0-for-7
Foul shots: 5-for-9
Turnovers: 13
Steals: 6
Rebounds: 10


HALFTIME: Rochester East 23, Hills West 21

East led 14-10 with 5:25 left in the second quarter. Then Tobias Harris scored on a putback in the paint and Seldge finished a fast break with a layup to tie it at 14 with 4:39 before half.

Hills West led briefly 16-14 on a Tyler Harris putback – the Colts’ first lead of the game --- but East’s Caruthers tied it again at 16 with a jumper on the next possession.

Tobias Harris made two free throws to give Hills the lead back, 18-16, then he caused a few “Ooohs” in the crowd with a beautiful two-handed fastbreak dunk to give the Colts a four-point lead, 20-16, with 2:20 left in the second quarter.

East went on a 4-0 run and tied the score at 20 on two foul shots by Brannon. Tobias Harris made a free throw to make it 21-20 with just under a minute left. Sledge missed the front end of a one-and-one on Hills’ next possession and the both teams went scoreless until three seconds before half.

That’s when East's Ivy hit a three while falling in over a defender toward the basket to make it 23-21 East at halftime.

END OF FIRST QUARTER: Rochester East 10, Hills West 5

If the scoring output after the first quarter isn’t what you’re accustomed to its because Hills West has come out shooting cold against a zone defense from Rochester East.

Tobias Harris leads the Colts with three points on a two-pointer and one foul shot. East led 8-3 before Blackman cut it to 8-5 with 1:38 left in the first quarter with an inside move. East went up 10-5 on two foul shots and a Sledge three-point try came up short at the first-quarter buzzer.

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