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The 1974-75 Boys Basketball team at PCS went higher than any team in Panther history.  Led by senior guards Russ Pancio and Al Barber, the group reached the pinnacle of Sectional hoops.
After finishing a respectable 13-5 in the regular season, the squad peaked in the playoffs.  They defeated Silver Creek in Falconer, Maple Grove in Salamanca, and Allegany to capture the CC crown at St. Bonaventure.  Pancio, Barber, Jeff Nix, Rick Hunt, and Tom Yanetsko usually started the games, but several others contributed significantly to Ray DeLand's balanced, patient attack.
In those days, all of the class winners played each other for the big sectional championship.  Portville was the second smallest school in the tournament.
Incredibly, the Panthers knocked off JFK (Class BB) 56-46 at Pioneer in the next round.  Excitement in the town ran high.
In the semi-finals, it was a classic David vs. Goliath story, as PCS went up against the biggest school of all - AA Lockport...stunning them 68-64 in Forestville.
By this time, the Panthers became the Cinderella story of the season, and loads of fans headed off to Silver Creek for the championship with the monster A team from Lackawanna.
Portville staged a valiant battle, and the defensive struggle ended the Panther dream, as Lackawanna won 48-42.
18 - 6
71  Ellicottville  48
65  Cattaraugus  54
77  Coudersport  56
52  Ellicottville  51
77  Coudersport  42
52  Bolivar  57
62  Otto-Eldred  47
35  Olean  48
74  Limestone  49
68  Cattaraugus  34
66  Holland  57
86  Franklinville  74
79  Allegany  77
71  Holland  59
94  Franklinville  60
58  Salamanca  80
65  Allegany  69
65  Salamanca  74
50  Silver Creek  38
63  Maple Grove  47
50  Allegany  38  CC
56  JFK  46  BB
68  Lockport  64  AA
42  Lackawanna 48  A
Portville Offense     1546     64.4
Portville Defense     1317     54.8
Differential     9.6




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