BUFFALO, N.Y. - Niagara Falls held off a late Williamsville North charge to advance back to the Section VI Class AA championship game.
The Wolverines held a slim 23-21 lead at the half, but pushed the margin to 10 after the third quarter. The lead would grow to as many as 14 in the 4th, before the Spartans started to rally.
Williamsville North sophomore guard #10 Sterling Taplin scored a game high 26 points, including 13 in the 4th quarter to help cut the Wolverines lead down to three. Taplin, who passed the 1000 point mark for his career, missed a long three at the buzzer that would have tied the game.
Niagara Falls was led by #1 Jaleo Wilkins who finished with 15 points. #10 Jermaine Crumpton added 11 points in the win.
The Wolverines advance back to the Class AA finals, where they will have a rematch against defending champion Jamestown. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. at Buffalo State.