A surge in the middle two quarters proved to be the difference Feb. 17 as Avon pulled out a 64-49 victory over visiting rival Avon Lake.

Dom Rini scored a game-high 25 points for the Eagles, who fell behind the Shoremen 17-14 after the first frame. They dominated the second and third quarters, however, outscoring the Shoremen 36-20 during that 16-minute span.

Niko Pappas joined Rini in double figures with 14 points, while Jacob Siegert and Mike Matlak each chipped in five. Seniors Nate Murtaugh and Gage Duesler led the Shoremen with 15 and 12 points, respectively, while Isaac Dotson scored seven.

Both teams will begin Division I state tournament play tonight. The 30-seed coming out of the Northeast 5 District, Avon Lake will host No. 31 Valley Forge at 7 p.m. Coming out of the Northeast 6 District, 27-seed Avon will travel to No. 19 Strongsville for a 7 p.m. tip.

All Div. I sectional finals are scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at the higher-seeded team’s gym.

Division I tournament

Northeast 4 District

Today’s sectional semifinals

#33 Akron Firestone at #22 Westlake, 7 p.m.

#34 North Olmsted at #9 Cleveland Heights, 7 p.m.

#17 Barberton at #15 Copley, 7 p.m.

#29 Maple Heights at #21 Berea-Midpark, 7 p.m.

Northeast 5 District

Today’s sectional semifinals

#31 Valley Forge at #30 Avon Lake, 7 p.m.

#23 North Ridgeville at #20 Normandy, 7 p.m.

#25 Elyria at #15 Medina Highland, 7 p.m.

Northeast 6 District

Today’s sectional semifinals

#27 Avon at #19 Strongsville, 7 p.m.

#32 Twinsburg at #24 Parma, 7 p.m.

#26 Midview at #14 North Royalton, 7 p.m.

Division II tournament

Northeast 3 District

Tuesday’s sectional semifinal results

#24 Hawken at #15 Peninsula Woodridge, late

#32 Clearview at #30 Orange, late

#22 Mentor Lake Catholic at #19 Shaw, late

Northeast 4 District

Tuesday’s sectional semifinal results

#31 Cleveland St. Martin De Porres at #25 Lutheran West, late

#21 Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph at #11 Padua, late

#28 Akron Springfield at #16 Cleveland Central Catholic, late

Northeast 5 District

Tuesday’s sectional semifinal results

#33 Brookside at #29 Tallmadge, late

#26 Benedictine at #14 Holy Name, late

#23 Akron East at #9 Firelands, late

Division III tournament

Northeast 3 District

Tuesday’s sectional semifinal results

#21 Black River at #7 Fairview, late

#17 Wellington at #13 Loudonville, late

#16 Akron Manchester at #10 Smithville, late

#24 Brooklyn at #2 Creston Norwayne, late

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