715 p.m. - The Batavia basketball team is off to a nice start in the first quarter of the Far West Regionals at Brockport.
The Blue Devils have a solid 9-2 lead and have done so in a fast-paced period against a far more athletic team. McKinley has given Batavia opportunities with missed shots, many of which were bad attempts.
It looked like the Macks were going to just be too much physically at the start, but the poor shooting opened the door for Batavia.
The first basket came 1:45 into the first when Joe Schlossel scored two of his four points. Andrew Hoy missed all three of his 3-point attempts but did score a basket.
Batavia's lead wound up being eight points because Adam Pettinella hit a 3-pointer with 1:11 left in the period.
The only McKinley basket came from Mansa Habeeb.
7:33 p.m. - Batavia leads 22-15 after an ugly first half of play.
It is difficult to comprehend after watching McKinley shoot in the first half that they are the best team Section 6 has to offer for Class A. Again, the Macks would force shot after shot and that doesn't work if they don't go in.
Batavia expanded the lead to 12-2 when Marcus Hoy hit a pair of free throws to start the period, but McKinley looked like a competitive time for the only time in the first half over the next two minutes.
Terri Lowe scored and Kevin Chillis followed with a steal and basket. Chillis then drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 11-9.
Batavia answered right back with Andrew Hoy hitting his first 3-pointer of the game - and only one of the half - and Robert Hoy adding a trey and a layup, giving the Blue Devils an 18-9 lead.
Curtis Gardner hit three foul shots and Chillis had a 3-pointer to end the half for McKinley.
7:56 p.m. - This thing is pretty close to over. It is obvious that Batavia is the better team in all aspects.
The 7-point halftime lead quickly became a 10-point Batavia advantage when Dakota Irvin scored and Andrew Hoy had a 3-pointer with a McKinley basket in between.
Joe Schlossel blew up in the third quarter for the Blue Devils, scoring six points and again taking on players bigger than he is. Andrew Hoy finished with six in the frame and Batavia has a whopping 38-24 lead.
8:19 p.m. - Batavia wins 54-40.
The game was really decided after the third quarter and fourth was a formality that allowed Batavia coach Buddy Brasky to clear his bench by the end of the frame and the large BHS cheer section an opportunity to storm the floor and celebrate with their team.
Schlossel had the biggest fourth quarter for Batavia with seven points.
He finished the game with a game-high 17 points with seven rebounds. Andrew Hoy scored 13 points and Marcus Hoy dished out a 15 assists.
Batavia's defense held McKinley star Mansa Habeeb to just two points in the game.
The Blue Devils will be playing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final four next weekend in Glens Falls.