One year ago at Buffalo State, the overall Section VI Class C championship came down to Zed Williams’ shot at the buzzer.
It caromed off the rim, and OTC Middle College went on to the state championship game.
On Tuesday night, on the same court, against the same team, Williams wasn’t going to let his team lose.
Williams scored 25 points as the undefeated Black Knights prevailed in an entertaining rematch of last year’s Class C final, beating the school now known as Middle Early College, 67-62, before an estimated 1,500 that included many from Silver Creek.
For the first time since 2005, Silver Creek (22-0) advances to the Far West Regionals, where it will play for the chance to go on to the state final four.
The Black Knights will play at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena against the winner of tonight’s Section V (Rochester area) final between Lyons (18-2) and Mynderse (17-5).
In last year’s C final, Middle College beat Silver Creek, 58-57, after Williams’ shot in the lane bounced off the rim as the clock expired.
“It was nothing against them, they’re all good ball players,” said Williams. “I just felt like we were more ready this time around. I just feel like it’s our time this year,” Zed last year.
The 6-foot-2 Williams is one of the best lacrosse players not only in the state but in the nation, having already set the state record for points before his senior season has begun and having committed to top national power Virginia.
His ability, court awareness and clutch play is more than evident on the basketball court as well. He delivered many smooth passes inside to 6-7 sophomore Bill Brooks, who had 20 points, double-digit rebounds and several blocks.
“I knew that Zeddie would rise to the occasion,” said Silver Creek coach Rob Genco. “He gets a look in his eye, and I just know we’re going to be OK.”
Karl Anderson – who often went head to head with Williams – had 25 points to lead the Kats, who finished at 16-5.