Avoca and Prattsburgh, two local heavyweights, will face off today a rubber match in the regional qualifier with a trip to the state tournament on the line at 7 p.m. in Bath.
Avoca sits at 22-1 and has two victories over the Vikings this season including a 75-62 win at home in a regular season victory at the end of January as well as a 67-64 victory in the Steuben County League finals.
The Tigers are powered by an offense that scores 75.7 points per game and a defense that only allows 42.7. Avoca has been on a tear since reaching sectionals, scoring an average of 85 points through the D1 playoffs.
Avoca has a multitude of scoring options on its team with all five starters averaging double figures. Jonathan Jensen leads the way for the Tigers scoring 14.8 points per game followed by Tristian Stark (12.4), Devin Stowe (12.2), Brady Brandow (12.1) and Pacey Hopkins (11.0).
The Tigers as a team dish out 22 assists per game and average 17 steals per game.
After losing its first game of the season, Avoca has rattled off 22-straight victories including playoffs.
Prattsburgh is led by senior guard Mason Putnam. Putnam is one of the best players in the local area, averaging 32.6 points per game and netted a career high 51 points in the quarterfinals of the Section V D2 playoffs. Putnam, a senior, is the current Section V leading active all-time scorer with 2,493 career points. Putnam also averages 6.2 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 4.7 steals per game.
In addition to Putnam, Kris Johnson averages 12.2 points, James Crowder averages 9.7 points per game and Ammon Anderson averages 8.9 points.
In the D2 finals, Johnson scored 14 of his 16 total points in the final quarter of Prattsburgh’s 72-64 victory over Elba as Putnam was routinely double and triple teamed.
Overall, the Vikings average 79 points per game while allowing 59.3. Prattsburgh averages 13.75 steals per game as well as 16.55 assists per contest.
Prattsburgh has won six of its last seven games with its only loss in the stretch coming to Avoca.
The winner will clinch a spot in the NYS Far West Regionals against Section VI champion Sherman.