Plattsburgh The second season is about to begin for Section VII basketball.
The pairings for the 2012 Section VII Class B/C/D boys and girls basketball pairings are set, with AuSable Valley, Ticonderoga and Schroon Lake receiving top seeds in the boys brackets, while Saranac, Moriah and Elizabethtown-Lewis earned the same on the girls side.
Opening round: Feb. 22, higher seed
Semifinals: Feb. 25, TBA
Finals: March 3, 3:30 p.m., PSUC Fieldhouse
Favorites: AuSable Valley, Plattsburgh High
The Patriots (17-1) and Hornets (13-4) are too close to call, with the Patriots scoring the win in their lone regular season matchup on a Connor Manning buzzer-beater.
The Patriots are paced by Brody Douglas, who reached the 1,000-point barrier and has scored 360 on the season. Manning has added another 208 points for a team that relies on pressure defense and distributing the ball.
Ethan Votraw (264 points) and Rob Fout (177) pace the Hornets offense, while Ab Maknani and Nate Harrington can also score big.
Contenders: Beekmantown, Saranac, NCCS, Peru
In a playoff that could have the top seed playing either Saranac or Beekmantown in the semifinals, there are many things that could happen. The Hornets should survive their opening round game against Saranac Lake (5-11), but will have to contain leading scorer Kellen Munn (160 points).
The other two quarterfinal matchups can be battles, as Northeastern Clinton (11-6) will host Peru (12-6) and Beekmantown (9-9) will host Saranac (10-7). Tim Remillard leads the Indians with 176 points, while Tim Bedard (192) and Rodney Grimshaw (165) pace the Cougars. In the other matchup, Kasey Favreau leas the Chiefs with 157 points as they go up against the regions leading scorer in Beekmantown’s Keegan Ryan, who has scored 501 points this season.
Quarterfinal: Feb. 21, at higher seed