BATH - No. 5 Haverling used a strong first half to get past No. 11 Dansville Wednesday by a score of 54-45 in the first round of the Section V Class B2 playoffs.

“Our defense gave us the advantage early in the game,” Haverling head coach Bill Baker said. “They came out with a lot of intensity today. We wanted to shut down [Dansville’s] [Arrik] Gerber and [Drew] Morrow. The boys really worked hard to stop them.”

Haverling held Gerber to just five points after the senior hung 42 on the Rams earlier this season.

“Our whole job was to put ball pressure on him,” Baker said. “The key for the whole week was stopping Gerber and I thought we did a fantastic job.”

The Rams scored the first 15 points of the contest and led 18-4 after eight minutes. Haverling continued its strong play in the second quarter outscoring Dansville 16-8 for a 34-12 halftime lead.

AJ Brotz led the Rams with 14 points in the first half including the first five points.

“Last couple of days, the ball had been coming smooth out of his hands,” said Baker of Brotz. “I’m happy for him.”

DJ Smith added seven first half points.

Haverling held on in the second half, despite being outscored 33-21.

Brotz finished with 15 points, Smith and Justin Marshall added 11 points and Keefer Calkins chipped in eight points.

Tyler Harris led Dansville with 10 points and Morrow added eight points.

The Rams will travel to No. 4 seed Penn Yan at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“We’re going to come out and play a flawless game to beat them,” said Baker. “It will be a great matchup.”