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Eagles Soar to AA Title

Green Tech has not been a Section 2 powerhouse for many years, in fact the basketball program and school itself have only been in existence for only 6 years, but they have now reached the pinnacle of basketball in Section 2. After a hard fought game with Suburban League foe Guilderland in front of nearly 5000 fans at Albany's Times Union Center, the Green Tech Eagles are Section 2 Boys Class AA Champions. The Dutchmen made several runs and even tied the score in the 4th quarter but the Eagles seemed to have the answer to every run. Jamil Hood Jr. was very often that answer. Hood had a game and season high 27 points and always seemed to hit the big shot for Green Tech any time they needed one. Isaiah Dobhere chipped in with 12 and Ramion Burt added 10, 6 of which came late in the game to help close out the stubborn Dutch. Andrew Platek led the way for Guilderland with 17.

Lady Plainsmen Dominate way to Class AA Title

Carly Boland and her Shenendehowa teammates came out firing early in game Monday night vs. Albany at the TU Center. They never stopped and they never looked back. When all was said and done the Lady Plainsmen had completed an improbable run and captured the Class AA Girls Championship with the 76-54 win. Boland led the way for Shen scoring 24 points on 6 of 7 shooting from behind the 3 point arc.

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Lapi Gets His Title!

Amsterdam Senior Brandon Lapi is a 5 time Section 2 wrestling Champion. He has wrestled in the NYS Championships the previous 4 years. This was his final chance to take home that elusive NYS Championship. Lapi did just that, and more. Lapi defeated Justin Cooksey 6-3 in OT in the finals of the Division 1 138lb weight class. That victory not only gave Lapi the title, it also gave him his 264th career victory, which is a Section 2 record. Angelo Kress-Columbia (Division I, 160), Joey Butler-Burnt Hills (Division I, 145), Nick Scott-Cohoes (Division II, 285) and Connor Lawrence-Duanesburg (Division II, 160) also made it to the finals on Saturday. Each came away with 2nd place finishes. For full results please click the links below.
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Saturday March 1st

 Class A Boys Championship

The Class A final between Scotia and Troy was the most highly anticipated game of the Section 2 season, and the game did not disappoint. In what proved to be the second instant classic game in less than a week in Section 2, #1 seed Scotia prevailed in double overtime by the score of 77-75.

Scotia led most of the way, but in typical Flying Horses fashion, they would not go away. Troy tied the score late in the 4th quarter and then eventually took the lead, but the Tartans quickly got the points back and we were heading to overtime. At different points during the 1st overtime it appeared that each team was poised to get the upper hand and put the other away, but it didnt happen and to the 2nd OT the game went.

In the 2nd OT again the teams traded baskets and leads. With only seconds remaining and down by 1 Scotia's Scott Stopera launched a 3-pointer from the corner that fell well short. However, the whistle blew and a foul was called on Troy for body contact on Stopera as he came down after his shot. The Tartan PG was awarded 3 free throws. With thousands of fans screaming inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, Stopera stepped to the line and buried all 3 shots to give Scotia the 2 point lead. But we weren't done yet. Troy rushed the ball up the court and Zach Radz got a good look at the hoop but his runner went off the rim, and as time expired 1 last attempted tip by Troy's Justice Walston wouldnt fall and Scotia was crowned Class A Champions.

Tournament MVP Joe Cremo ended the game with a triple double...26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Mike Palleschi, Alex Sausville and Dom Lamorta added 12 each for the winners. Lamorta played the entire 2nd half, before fouling out, with a bandage on his head after he received a cut from smashing his face on the floor in the first half.

Troy's electric point guard Dyaire Holt led the Horses with 21 while Zach Radz added 17. The horses finish the season 17-4.

Class D Boys Championship

Argyle won their 3rd straight Class D title by defeating Germantown 54-49. James Bristol (15), Brock Liddle (14) and Kobe Lufkin (13) all scored in double figures for the Scots, while Scott Scrodin had 17 in the losing effort for the Clippers.

Class C Girls Championship

Lauren Madigan, pictured, lead the way for Hoosic Valley with 19 points as she and her teammates captured the Class C Girls title 51-40 over Greenwich. (Frank Healy Photo)

Girls Class D Championship
Fort Edward-43 Fort Ann-39

Class B Boys Championship

Going in to Saturdays Class B Final, Voorheesville had lost only 1 game all season and they weren't ready to lose their second. The Blackbirds wasted no time and jumped all over Braodalbin-Perth and were up 13-4 at the end of the 1st quarter. The lead expanded to 34-19 at the half and the Blackbirds never looked back and got the win 61-37. Dylan Hensel dropped 20 and MVP Noah Crawford, pictured, added 10 for the winners.

Class C Boys Championship

The two-headed monster of Mike Pierre (pictured above) and John Rooney combined for 53 of Hoosic Valley's 57 total points in the Indians Class C Championsip victory over Spa Catholic. The Indians were able to celebrate the Championship after a final 3 point shot at the buzzer by the Saints was off the mark and the scoreboard read 57-54 in favor of Hoosic Valley.

Class B Girls Championship

Jenna Erickson scored 24 points and Adiya Henderson added 16 as #1 seed Tamarac took the Class B title over upstart Johnstown by the final of 53-45. (Frank Healy Photo)

Class A Girls Championship
Averill Park-65 Queensbury-44

Thursday February 27th

 Radz, Troy Survive Scare

The Flying Horses of Troy looked like they were going to put Gloversville away early in their Class A semifinal at the Glens Falls Civic Center but the Dragons had other ideas. Gloversville staged a torrid comeback and took the lead with about 4 minutes remaining in the game. Troy's Zach Radz then took it upon himself to will his team to victory. Radz, pictured above, scored 10 of his game high 23 points in the final 3:20 of the 4th quarter to propel his team to the 59-55 win and into the Class A Final on Saturday.

Scotia Dominates

Even with star swingman Joe Cremo on the bench in foul trouble Scotia was too much for the Rams of Amsterdam and got the win 71-45. Cremo led the way with 21 and Dom LaMorta chipped in 18 for the Tartans.

Shen Shocks Shaker

After losing twice during the regular season to Shaker, the Shenendehowa girls basketball team figured they had nothing to lose Thursday so go out and try to shock the crowd at HVCC. Thats exactly what they did avenging those 2 losses and knocking of the #1 seed 59-52 to advance to the girls Class AA final Monday night at the TU Center. (goosphotos.com)

Albany secures spot in Finals

The Lady Falcons of Albany High used a balanced offensive attack to defeat Bethlehem 51-47. Albany will take on Shenendehowa Monday night in the Class AA final. (goosphotos.com)

Wednesday February 26th

Guilderland, Columbia give the people their Monies worth

While most fans in attendance at the TU Center Wednesday night thought they might see a classic, they probably thought it would come from the 2nd game, Shenendehowa vs. Green Tech.  Well those fans were half right. Guilderland and Columbia gave Section 2 fans quite the treat with what may be the greatest Boys Basketball game ever played in Section 2. It took 5 overtimes for this one to be decided and when it was all said and done the Dutchmen had come away with the 102-100 victory. Matt Cerutti, Marc DuMoulin and William Flloyd all scored more than 20 points for the Dutch, while Columbia's Jahlil Nails led all scorers with 41 despite leaving with a knee injury in the 3rd OT.
Spa Catholic-51 Lake George-49

The Spa Catholic Saints were down by 15 in the first half but rallied and took a 2 point lead with just over a minute to play and held on to beat Lake George 51-49. (pemrickphotos.com)
Argyle-57 North Warren-41

Kobe Lufkin dropped in 24 points to lead Argyle to the 57-41 win over North Warren. Argyle advances to the Class D Final where they will face Germantown.

Boys Class C
Hoosic Valley 61- Greenwich-50

#2 Green Tech takes down #1 Shenendehowa

Green Tech defeated #1 seed Shenendehowa by the score of 58-52. Najee Ward ,15pts., and Jamil Hood Jr. ,14, led Tech in scoring. Kevin Heurter had 16 in a losing effort for Shen. Green Tech will now face Guilderland on Monday night at the TU Center for the Boys Class AA Championship.
Tamarac-57 Schalmont-53

The #6 ranked Class B team in NYS Tamarac would open up a big lead on Schalmont but the Lady Sabres fought back and gave the Bengals a scare. Adiya Henderson, pictured above, would lead Tamarac with 21 points and they would hold on for the 4 point win.
Johnstown-49 Watervliet-46

Johnstown used an 18-0 run in the 2nd quarter to take a halftime lead but the Lady Cannoneers would battle back and tie the score in the 4th. The Lady Bills would make some key foul shots and get outstanding play by Hope Cerasulo to hold on for the Class B semi win.

Tuesday February 25th

Greenwich-63 Maple Hill-56

Greenwich used a big 3rd quarter run to erase a Maple Hill halftime lead and the witches were able to holdon for the 63-56 win. Mariah Linnett 24, and Alexis Case 22 led Greenwich while Lindsay Mannion had 24 in a losing effort.
(Dan Pemrick Photo)

Hoosic Valley-39 Lake George-19

Hoosic Valley did not allow Lake George to score a point in the 1st quarter and cruised to the victory 39-19. (Dan Pemrick photo)

Girls Scores
Class D Semifinals
Fort Ann 48, Warrensburg 41
Fort Edward 73, Heatly 46

Boys Scores
Broadalbin-Perth 44, Hoosick Falls 42
Voorheesville 59, Mechanicville 47
Germantown 48, Hartford 46

Queensbury-57- Troy-53

Queensbury new they had a tough task in front of them going in to Tuesday nights matchup. In order to reach the Class A finals they would need to knock off the defending NYS Champions Troy.  With time running out it didnt look good for the Lady Spartans but Katie Shevlin hit a big shot to tie the game with just seconds left and Jillian Davis, pictured above blocking a shot, took over in OT to lead Queensbury into the finals.

Averill Park-60 Glens Falls-29

The powerhouse of Class A Girls Hoop will once again return to the Class A final as Averill Park, led by Kelly Donnelly's 22 points, dominated Glens Falls 60-29.

Sunday February 23rd

Amsterdam comes back to shock Averill Park
Down 3 with only seconds remaining in the game, Senior Andrew Rouse hit a 3 to tie the score.  The Rams then took control in the overtime to end the Warriors season. 

Gloversville dominates Queensbury

In the 2nd Class A quarterfinal Gloversville defeated Queensbury 68-48 behind the hot hand of Asa Barnhill. Barnhill dropped 26 to lead the Dragons. Keyshawn Arnold, above, added 17 for the winnners.

Mohon Hangs tough, But Troy Prevails

Mohonasen came into their game with Troy on Sunday with a 4-15 overall record.  The Flying Horses were 15-3. On paper it appeared this one was going to be lopsided from the opening tip, but the Warriors had other ideas. Mohon gave it everything they had but still came up a little bit short and Troy got the win 62-48.  Dyaire Holt, pictured above, led the way for Troy with 19. Zach Radz added 15 on 5 3-pointers for the winners.  Chris Richardson was outstanding in defeat for the Warriors scoring 16 points.

Class A Quarterfinal
Scotia-72 Lansingburgh-40

Saturday February 22nd
'Vliet uses big 3rd quarter to rally for win

Watervliet is not used to being down in girls basketball games, especially on their home court, but at halftime Ichabod Crane held a 27-20 lead on the Lady Cannoneers.  Coach Gordie Johnson's halftime speech must have been something special as 'Vliet came out and outscored IC 31-4 in the 3rd quarter to take control and cruise to a 61-48 victory.

Girls Scores

Averill Park 73, South Glens Falls 25
Troy 67, Amsterdam 43
Queensbury 59, Scotia 44
Glens Falls 52, Holy Names 45

Tamarac 72, Mechanicville 22
Watervliet 61, Ichabod Crane 48
Johnstown 53, Hoosick Falls 45
Schalmont 51, Fonda 45

Lake George's Joel Wincoski
(photo courtesy of Frank Healy)

In the last couple of seasons Green Tech and Shaker have had a few epic battles on the hardwood.  Saturday's game was no exception.  Behind 21 points from Superstar Jamil Hood Jr. Green Tech was able to get the win over the Bison 61-58. GT will next take on #1 seed Shenendehowa this Wednesday night at Times Union Center for the right to play in Class AA championship game.  In the other AA bracket Guilderland and Columbia will match up in the Semifinals, also on Wednesday at the TU. Game times are 6pm and 730pm.
(photo courtesy of Goosphotos.com)
Boys Scores


Guilderland 54, CBA 43
Green Tech 61, Shaker 58
Columbia 67, Niskayuna 56
Shenendehowa 70, Saratoga 51

Saratoga Central Catholic 54, Rensselaer 45
Lake George 61, Maple Hill 41

North Warren 60, Fort Ann 58
Hartford 71, Oppenhein-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 60
Germantown 69, Salem 53
Argyle 70, Northville 36

Friday February 21st

The Mechanicville boys basketball team always seems to play their best at playoff time and this season is no different.  The #5 seed scored the mild upset over #4 seed Mekeel Christian by a score of 75-64.  The Red Raiders will next face the #1 seed Voorheesville Blackbirds in the Class B semifinals on Tuesday at 8pm at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
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Boys Scores

Broadalbin-Perth 70, Hudson 53
Hoosick Falls 56, Schalmont 48
Mechanicville 75, Mekeel Christian 64
Voorheeville 64, Catskill 53

Hoosic Valley 55, Canajoharie 48
Greenwich 59, Waterford 42

The #3 seed Lady Plainsmen of Shenendehowa traveled to Shaker to face the #2 seed Lady Crusaders of CCHS and came away with the 51-44 victory. Carly Boland, 22 points and Sydney Brown, 17, led Shen in scoring.

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Girls Scores

Albany 84, Columbia 53
Shenendehowa 51, CCHS 44
Shaker 50, Guilderland 39
Bethlehem vs. Niskayuna

Maple Hill 44, Fort Plain 23
Greenwich 73, Mayfield 34
Hoosic Valley 38, Canajoharie 18
Lake George 56, Middleburgh 39

Heatly 50, Argyle 30
Warrensburg 55, Hartford 37
Fort Ann 38, North Warren 32
Fort Edward 55, Germantown 34

Wednesday February 19th

LaVontae Armwood led the way for Rensselaer with 22 points to help the hosts top Berne-Knox 64-44.
Boys Scores

Mohonasen 58, South Glens Falls 55
Lansingburgh 58, Burnt Hills 52
Queensbury 64, Bishop Gibbons 54

Schalmont 72, Taconic Hills 49

Hoosic Valley 95, Whitehall 44
Lake George 70, Middleburgh 37
Rensselaer 64, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 44
Maple Hill 72, Duanesburg 46
Saratoga Central Catholic 95, Hadley-Luzerne 59

Oppenhein-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 74, Fort Edward 63

Watervliet used their trademark pressure defense to hold Albany Academy to only 2 1st quarter points and the Lady Cannoneers never looked back and got the win 56-24.
Girls Scores

South Glens Falls 54, Lansingburgh 28
Glens Falls 59, Albany Leadership 29
Amsterdam 33, Mohonasen 23

Tamarac 61, Bishop Gibbons 27
Watervliet 56, Albany Academy for Girls 24
Schalmont 40, Ravena 29
Fonda 48, Hudson 39
Johnstown 50, Greenville 29
Ichabod Crane 50, Stillwater 25

Hartford 53, Bolton 43

Tuesday February 18th

Although there were very few upsets in the first round of the Section 2 Boys Basketball Tournement, there was one major surprise.  #8 seed Niskayuna shocked #1 Catholic Central 59-57 to advance in the Class AA playoffs.  Aaron Gordon led the way for the Silver Warriors dropping 21 points on the Crusaders. Anthony Mack had 34 for CCHS.  Nisky will next meet Columbia who topped Albany 74-70.  On the other side of the bracket, #3 seed Shaker got by pesky Colonie 69-63.  The Bison got 25 points from Andy Homes (pictured above) and will next match up with Green Tech on Saturday.  Hudson pulled the biggest upset in Class B by knocking off #3 seed Cohoes 58-57.  All scores will be updated as they are reported so please check back often.

Zibby Eckhardt led the way for Guilderland with 17 points and the #6 seed got by Colonie 56-39.

Grenwich's Alexis Case scored 26 points including her 1000th career point to lead the Witches to the 73-33 win over Schoharie. Pictured above Case celebrates her milestone with her teammates.
(Dan Pemrick Photo)

Mechanicville traveled to Coheos and outscored the Lady Tigers 14-6 in the 4th quarter came away with the 52-47 win.  Courtney Pingelski had 12 and Kali DeMarco 11 for the winners. Cohoes' Isabella Vanelli led all scorers with 22.

Mechanicville came back from an early deficit to defeat Johnstown 62-50. Logan Polsinello led the Red Raiders with 25 points.
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Girls Scores

Guilderland 56, Colonie 39
Columbia 75, Saratoga 44
Niskayuna 57, Bishop Maginn 41

Scotia 60, Burnt Hills 47

Hoosick Falls 51, Voorheesville 36
Mechanicville 52, Cohoes 47

Maple Hill 61, Duanesburg 28
Greenwich 73, Schoharie 33
Lake George 44, Mekeel Christian Academy 41
Mayfield 47, Waterford 43
Middleburgh 60, Cambridge 42
Fort Plain 45, Galway 36
Canajoharie 51, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 37

Germantown 49, Northville 38
Heatly 74, Salem 34
North Warren 45, New Lebanon 40
Argyle 67, Doane Stuart 29

If you've ever been in the gym at Heatly High School you will see that there isnt much room.  Well the home team gave even less room to the visitors from Salem in the opening round of the Girls Class D playoffs and the Lady Hornets came away with the 74-34 victory.

#9 Northville pulled off the minor upset over #8 Loudonville Christian with a big 58-31 win in Boys Class D action.

Greenwich topped Fort Plain 69-41 behind 20 points from John Stewart and 18 from Justin Carruthers (pictured above).

Salem used a big 2nd quarter and balanced scoring to get the mild upset over Heatly 70-54. Heatly's Austin Horton, above, led all scorers with 24 points.
Boys Scores

Niskayuna 59, CCHS 57
Green Tech 63, Bethlehem 43
CBA 63, Ballston Spa 53
Guilderland 75, La Salle 50
Shenendehowa 80, Bishop Maginn 48
Saratoga 76, Schenectady 65
Columbia 74, Albany 70
Shaker 69, Colonie 63

Voorheesville 65, Stillwater 37
Hoosick Falls 73, Coxsackie 28
Hudson 58, Cohoes 57
Mekeel Christian Academy 53, Fonda 41
Mechanicville 62, Johnstown 50
Broadalbin-Perth 63, Schuylerville 56
Catskill 56, Watervliet 48

Greenwich 69, Fort Plain 41
Waterford 57, Schoharie 47
Canajoharie 64, Berlin 61

Northville 58, Loudonville Christian 31


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