Batavia cruises into the sectional finals
Submitted by Nick Sabato on February 27, 2013 - 9:12am
Batavia will play for the Class B1 crown after demolishing Livonia, 75-38.
This will be the Blue Devils’ first trip to the sectional finals since 2010. Coincidentally, they beat Livonia to win their second consecutive sectional championship that season and reached the semi-finals of the New York State tournament.
The Blue Devils scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back, building a 19-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Jalen Smith scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as top-seeded Batavia carried a 37-point lead into the break.
Justin Washington, a freshman on that 2010 team, had another superb outing for the Blue Devils, scoring 10 points, grabbing nine rebounds, dishing out five assists and collecting three steals in the victory, while Justice Fagan scored 12 points off the bench on 4-of-5 3-point field goals.
Batavia (17-3) will face second-seeded Newark (14-6) in the Class B1 Final at the Blue Cross Arena on Sunday at 3 p.m. after they blew past NE/NW College Prep in the other semi-final matchup, 70-44.
Cody Cronmiller had 17 points and six rebounds for Livonia (10-10) in defeat.