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Avon's Tyler Hite (10) came up with a huge fourth quarter block during the Braves' two-point win over Notre Dame Monday. Hite and the Braves take on Mynderse in Saturday's Class C1 sectional title game.
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Avon to meet Mynderse in ‘C1′ finals
AVON — After springing one of the biggest upsets in school-history following Avon’s 60-58 victory over previously unbeaten Notre Dame of Batavia, some might think that Avon boys’ basketball coach Rob Fries and his Braves might be satisfied.
If you think that, you certainly don’t know Fries and his program.
The No. 5 seeded Braves (14-7) will face No. 2 Mynderse (15-5) in Saturday’s Section V Class C1 championship game at 3 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena.
Fries knows his Braves will be in for another tough game.
“They are really big down low and also have two really good shooters on the perimeter,” said coach Fries. “They are a very solid team that plays in a tough league (Finger Lakes East).”
Avon is a senior-led team with their top four scorers all seniors.
Avon is led by senior Zach Mouw who pumps in 17.5 points per game and also lit up Notre Dame for 22 points Monday.
In the 20 games Mouw has played, he has only been held to single digits four times, with one of those games coming with him just playing a half in a blow-out win.
Mouw also plays much taller than his 6-1 frame as he averages nearly six boards a game as well as 2.3 steals and 2.0 assists per game.
Tyler Hite, a 6-foot-3 senior, averages 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He also blocks over one shot every contest.
Galen Snyder, a 6-foot-2 senior, averages 6.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
Zack Rizzolo, a 6-1 senior, nets 6.5 points per game along with 3.0 assists.
Fries said his Braves have two major keys against Mynderse.
Mynderse has three players averaging double figures in scoring including 6-foot-5 junior Luke Ruddy (18.0 ppg); 5-foot-8 point-guard Brandon Passalacqua (11.6); and 5-foot-7 senior guard Jim Ricci.
Passalacqua, a fourth year varsity player, is the Blue Devils’ playmaker averaging nearly seven dimes a game.
Mynderse’s roster includes five kids over 6-2. As a team, the Blue Devils average five blocks per game.
“We need to rebound at both ends of the floor,” said Fries. “And we also need to work to get good shots against their 1-3-1 zone.”