GOWANDA - Lucas Brawdy had a game-high 18 points to go with 11 rebounds Tuesday as No. 10 Gowanda (11-8) eased past No. 15 Leonardo da Vinci (0-16), 65-48, during Section 6 Class B-2 boys basketball first-round action.
"He's a difference maker when he's in there," Gowanda head coach Andy Bobseine said of Brawdy. "He's been hurt all year and this was the first game he's been able to play most of since early December. It looks like he's back to almost 100 percent."
The Panthers used a strong start to open an 18-8 lead over the Dragons after the first quarter, before da Vinci came back in the second quarter to cut into the Gowanda lead, which led 30-25 at halftime.
"We were nervous coming out of the gate," Bobseine said. "Then we started clicking late in the first quarter. Then we went into a bit of a slump in the second and third quarters."
The Panthers went up 43-32 after the third quarter, then put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, when they outscored the Dragons, 22-16.
Chase Williams helped lead the way for Gowanda as he finished with 17 points while Brennan Geiger added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the win.
"Chase was really key in the game," Bobseine said. "He was able to break their pressure (defense) and he hit some big shots in the fourth quarter to kind of help us keep our double-digit lead. And Brennan (Geiger) with his 12 points and 12 rebounds (played well)."
Gowanda will be back in action today when it travels to take on No. 7 Lackawanna (7-10) in quarterfinal action.
No. 12 Alden 62, No. 14 Dunkirk 34
ALDEN - No. 12 Alden (7-12) took advantage of a poor shooting night by No. 13 Dunkirk (4-15), as the Bulldogs cruised to a 62-34 first-round win in Section 6 Class B-1 boys basketball action.
"We couldn't find the basket," Dunkirk head coach Steve O'Brien said. "Our young guys got a lot of playing time and Alden plays that typical, methodical game and they moved the ball well. If they had open shots, they took them. It was a good experience to go on the road and play a playoff game."
Alden outscored Dunkirk 12-8 in the first quarter and 14-10 in the second to hold a 26-18 lead at the break. In the third quarter, the Bulldogs extended their lead as they put up 18 points to the Marauders' five for a 44-23 lead heading into the final quarter.
Michael Bess led the Marauders with a team-high 14 points while Esmond Colvin chipped in six points.
For the Bulldogs, Nick Kibler had a game-high 17 points while Dylan Dussault and Tyler Glaser chipped in 12 points each. Alden moves on to face No. 5 Lafayette (11-5) in prequarterfinal action, at City Honors.