Walter Panas Boys Edge Tappan Zee In Section 1 Class A Basketball Semifinal

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Tim McCauley (2) avoids two defenders and hits the game-winning shot for Walter Panas. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
Tappan Zee missed a last-second try giving Walter Panas a 39-38 victory in the Class A semfinal. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Tim McCauley slipped past a defender, then rose up and hit a 15-foot jump shot for the game-winning basket as Walter Panas High School tripped Tappan Zee 39-38 in a Section 1 Class A boys semifinal game at the Westchester County Center on Wednesday.

McCauley scored a game-high 15 points to lead second-seeded Panas into the Class A championship game at 5 p.m. on Saturday against the winner of the other semifinal between top-seeded Eastchester and No. 4 Harrison.

The teams were never separated by more than five points either way. Panas led 7-4 after a defensive first quarter on both ends of the floor and the teams were tied 17-17 and 26-26 after the second and third quarters.

Tappan Zee, led by Ryan McWilliams (10 points) and Luke McLaughlin (11), took a 32-27 lead with four minutes remaining in the game, McCauley scored seven of his points in the final three minutes, including the final basket, to complete the comeback win.

Section 1 Championship Week Schedule

Thursday, Feb. 27

Class AA girls semifinals: No. 3 Clarkstown South vs. No. 7 Mahopac, 3 p.m.

Class AA girls semifinals: No. 1 Ossining vs. No. 4 Horace Greeley, 4:45 p.m.
Class AA boys semifinals: No. 2 Clarkstown South vs. No. 6 Spring Valley, 6:30 p.m.
Class AA boys semifinals: No. 1 Mount Vernon vs. No. 5 Mahopac, 8:15 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28
Boys Class D championship. No. 1 Biondi vs. No. 2 Clark Academy, 3 p.m.
Boys Class C championship.. No. 5 Tuckahoe vs. No. 3 Haldane, 5 p.m.
Girls Class C championship. No. 1 Haldane vs, No. 3 Keio, 7 p.m.

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