Tamarac names top 50; Academy rolls
"It was a good night because everyone from the last 50 years was here," Shaw said. "It was tremendous to be a part of it."
"To see all the smiles on everybody’s faces and to get all the decades together, it was a special night," said Rick Roden, Tamarac's Athletic Director and a member of the top 50 team. "I was honored to be part of it as an alumnus."
The Bengals went on to win the Watervliet Tournament, defeating Canton 47-43 on George Mardigan Court on Saturday night.
Steve Hunt scored 22 points and was named Tournament MVP for scoring 37 points and grabbing 24 rebounds over the two days of games.
This year's Tamarac team is senior-laden (11 seniors and two juniors) and hopes are high around Clums Corners. The team has not won a Wasaren League title since 1976.
The thing that strikes me most about Tamarac is the team depth. Starting guard Phil Arnold did not score any points on Friday night, but his presence was still felt defensively. Kolby Kanellis scored 13 points off the bench and all the players on the roster have potential to put in a game-saving performance.
Tamarac kicks off its Wasaren League schedule against Cambridge on Friday, Dec. 12.
Pelcher earned MVP honors by scoring 45 points and collecting 26 rebounds over the two-day event.
"I just have to credit all my teammates for giving me the ball," he said. "I couldn’t do it without them."
The Cadets, too, have depth. Two freshmen, Hunter McCarthy and Matt LaClair, both impressed in the final against CCHS on Saturday. They both saw extra time because starting guard Nolan Hart is still out because of an injury, but the extra bodies on the bench bode well for Academy.
The school is appealing to the state to be classified as an A school, but Section II has fit them into the AAs and that will stand for now.
The Cadets have a tough schedule because they do not belong to a league and will play some of the best teams from New York City during the year, including a thorough tour through Section II's best. But so far, so good.
"Since we don’t have a league, every game is a big game for us," head coach Brian Fruscio said.
La Salle's Mason Horne, Schuylerville's Austin Bateman and Albany Academy's Tyler Foster rounded out the All-Tournament team.
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- Will Montgomery