Friday, January 2, 2009

Bengals win a game 13 years in the making; off to best start since 1991

Tamarac's Steve Hunt drives to the basket in a non-league game against Catskill earlier this season. (J.S. Carras - The Record).

SCHUYLERVILLE — Steve Hunt (19 points, 12 rebounds, pictured above) and Brent Matazinsky (13 points, 11 rebounds) both contributed double-doubles as the Tamarac boys basketball team secured a 54-35 Wasaren League victory over Schuylerville on Friday night. It was the first time Tamarac trumped Schuylerville on the hardwood since December of 1996.

Tamarac (2-0, 7-0) was the No. 8 ranked Class B team in New York State last week and their 7-0 start is the best in school history since 1991.

“We had a lot to prove,” Tamarac head coach Eric Medved said. “Some of the people in the media were saying that we aren’t as good as the state pollsters say we are."

"We want to be in the discussion,"Medved continued. "We’re taking it one game at a time and we just have to beat the teams that are on our schedule. We can't control who we play and who Hudson Falls plays."

Hunt scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, including a 12-point burst in the fourth quarter. The Bengals outscored the Black Horses 16-4 in the final period.

Cody Sargood only scored four points, but he was crucial to the Bengals' pressure defense.

Now that Schuylerville has lost, only Stillwater and Tamarac remain undefeated in Wasaren League play. The Bengals travel to Stillwater next Friday in what could be an early-season battle for first place.

Wasaren League


Tamarac (54): Matazinsky 6-1-13, Arnold 1-0-2, Sargood 2-0-4, McGrath 1-0-2, Hunt 8-3-19, Shaw 7-0-14. Totals: 25-4-54.
Schuylerville (35):
Lyon 6-0-13, Bateman 1-1-3, Corsetti 2-0-4, Barber 2-0-5, Backus 3-1-8, McLenithan 1-0-2. Totals: 15-2-35.
(2-0, 7-0) 12 12 14 16 – 54
Schuylerville (1-1, 4-3) 9 10 12 4 – 35

3-point goals:
Tamarac 0. Schuylerville 3 (Lyon 1, Barber 1, Backus 1). JV: Tamarac 57, Schuylerville 56.

In other basketball news on a light Friday night, Catholic Central knocked off Schenectady in a Big 10 makeup game. Miles Perras hit five three-pointers and scored 18 points in a 64-66 CCHS victory.
The Albany Academy boys knocked off Guilderland in a non-league game to improve to 10-1.

In girls action, the Tamarac girls won (and both Tamarac JV teams also won, making it a clean 4-0 sweep) in a tight game over Hoosick Falls. Tamarac allowed six points in each of the first three quarters before the Panthers exploded for 19 in the fourth to make it a 43-37 final.
The Hoosic Valley girls allowed single-digit points in each quarter en route to a 40-18 victory over Class A South Glens Falls in the first round of the Queensbury Tournament. The Indians face Lake George in Saturday's championship game, which is slated to begin at 7:15 p.m.

In other Saturday action, the Lansingburgh and Watervliet boys and girls basketball teams will play a day-night, two-gym doubleheader. The girls meet at 2:30 p.m. in Lansingburgh while the boys tangle in 'Vliet at 7:30.

The La Salle hockey team plays host to traditional Section II powerhouse Shenendehowa in the HVCC fieldhouse at 7:20 p.m.

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