Thursday, March 11, 2010

Boys basketball regional weekend previews

CBA senior Kam Ritter, seen here driving around a Schenectady High defender during a regular season game at CBA, is looking to lead the Brothers to the New York State Final Four. (Photo by Tom Killips - The Record).

Class AA
Christian Brothers Academy (21-1) vs. Cicero-North Syracuse (19-2, Section III)
Regional Final
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
About CBA: The Brothers won their fifth Section II title in seven years Tuesday night. Since 1998, only two schools from Section II have won boys basketball state titles, both Big 10 Conference teams. Schenectady did it in 1998 and 2001, while Bishop Maginn won the Class AA title in 2008.
About C-NS: Cicero topped Utica Proctor 61-60 in the Section III title game, the first-ever sectional basketball title for the Northstars. Andy Falvey, a 6-foot-8 center, could pose matchup problems for CBA.
Read a story from the Syracuse paper by clicking here.

Class A
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (10-11) vs. Massena (17-4, Section X)

Regional Semifinal
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
About BH-BL: The Spartans, the No. 7 seed in the Section II tournament, upset No. 1 seeded Lansingburgh in the Section II finals. Burnt Hills has advanced to the New York State Class A football title game each of the last two years, but this was the Spartans' first Section II basketball title since the 2004-05 season. Jacob Meyers and Zach Morton, a dynamic duo as defensive ends on the football team, give the Spartans a great pairing in the post.
About Massena: Massena avenged a pair of regular season losses to Potsdam in the regular season, defeating the Sandstoners in the Section X championship game.
The fairly useless doesn't list a final score with the recap, but more Massena information is located on that site.
Note: The winner of this game plays Jamesville-Dewitt (21-0, Section III, ranked No. 1 in the state) in the regional final Saturday, to be played at HVCC at 6:15 p.m.

Class B
Fonda-Fultonville (23-0) vs. Plattsburgh (17-4, Section VII)
Regional Semifinal
Friday, 6 p.m.
Hudson Valley Community College, Troy
About Fonda: The Braves are the only undefeated team from Section II still alive.
About Plattsburgh: For more on Plattsburgh's win over AuSable Valley in the Section VII title game, click here.
Note: The winner of this game plays Potsdam (20-2, Section X) in the regional final Saturday, to be played at HVCC at 4:30 p.m.

Maple Hill's David Briggs races past the Cairo-Durham defense during a regular season game this year in Castleton.

Class C Maple Hill (21-1) vs. Brushton-Moira (12-9, Section X)
Regional Semifinal
Friday, 7:45 p.m.
About Maple Hill: The Wildcats needed a little more Glens Falls magic in the Section II Class C championship game against Hoosick Falls, as Chris Despart's three-point bucket with four seconds remaining in overtime lifted Maple Hill to a 46-45 victory over the Panthers.
Maple Hill advanced to the state championship game a season ago, but they played regional games right in their own backyard at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. How will the trip north affect the team's preparation?
About Brushton-Moira: Moira lost its last game to Section X Class B champion Potsdam, 79-31, in the Section X overall playoffs. Moira, the No. 3 seed in the Section X tournament, upset No. 2 Norwood-Norfolk in the semifinals.
For more on Moria, click here and investigate
Note: The winner of this game plays Ticonderoga (7-12, Section VII) in the regional final Saturday, to be played at Potsdam High School, 4:30 p.m.
For more on Ticonderoga's Section VII title game victory over Seton Catholic, click here.
Notes: In case you can't make the game, it will be broadcast online here.

Class D
Germantown (18-4) vs. Chateaugay (19-3, Section X)
Regional Final
Saturday, 7 p.m.

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