Sunday, March 7, 2010

Section II boys basketball championship Sunday roundup



Class D

In the first game of the day, Germantown topped Argyle, the No. 1 seed, 70-61. It was Germantown's first Section II title since 1980.

Cody Broast scored 22 points for the Clippers and Larry Niebling added 21 points.

Argyle freshman point guard Joey Lufkin was a pleasure to watch, scoring 18 points for the Scots.

2009-10 Section II Class D boys basketball All-Tournament Team:
Doug Ullman, Sr. Sharon Springs
Nick Beck, Jr., Fort Ann
Bryan Humiston, Jr., Argyle
Joey Lufkin, Frosh, Argyle
Tommy Griffin, Jr., Germantown
MVP – Cody Broast, Jr., Germantown


Class C

The top two teams from Section II squared off in the championship game and the showdown lived up to the billing.

Hoosick Falls screamed out to a 16-3 lead after one quarter, but Maple Hill chipped away in the second, third and fourth quarters, tying the game at 36-36 on a Chris Despart bucket with 23 seconds remaining in regulation. After a Jake Jasiewicz steal, the Wildcats had one last chance, and a Despart three missed at the buzzer, sending the game to overtime.

Despart got his second chance in overtime, as the Wildcats trailed by two and he hit the game-winning three from the wing with just four seconds to spare. Hoosick Falls drew up a last-chance play. The Panthers got the ball to Kevin McMahon, but his last-ditch shot attempt fell short and Maple Hill celebrated another magical afternoon at the Civic Center.

“I'm used to taking big shots,” Despart said. “I knew that could come up.”

“Can you ask for a better game for a final from the two best teams from Class C right now?” asked Maple Hill head coach Scott Hanrahan.

No. 1 seeded Maple Hill (21-1) advances to face Brushton-Moira (12-9), the Section X champion, in a sub-regional game Friday at SUNY-Potsdam. The winner of that game faces the Section VII champion, Ticonderoga (7-12), in the regional final Saturday, which will also be played at SUNY-Potsdam.

“We have a little bit of experience from last year, so I think we're going to be in good shape,” said Despart, who guided Maple Hill to the New York State Class C championship game a season ago.

2009-10 Section II Class C boys basketball All-Tournament Team:
Ethan Mackey, Sr., Voorheesville
Jacob Kirker, Sr., Schoharie
Alex Lilac, Soph., Hoosick Falls
Kevin McMahon, Sr., Hoosick Falls
Dominic Prinzo, Sr., Maple Hill
MVP – Chris Despart, Sr., Maple Hill

For the full story, click here.

Class B

Watervliet sophomore center Griffin Kelly leaps for a shot over Fonda-Fultonville's James Sheehan during Sunday's Section II Class B boys basketball championship game at the Glens Falls Civic Center. (Photo by Erica Miller - The Saratogian).

Fonda-Fultonville shot the lights out Sunday afternoon, shooting at a 44.2% clip, and they also ran the Cannoneers ragged during the third quarter of Sunday's Section II Class B championship game.

Fonda outscored Watervliet 27-15 in the third quarter en route to the 62-54 victory, winning its first Section II title since 1970.

Tournament MVP Seth Hidde scored 22 points for the Braves, while Brandon Mercado added 13 points.

Freshman Jordan Gleason, who was absolutely sensational for the Cannoneers during the postseason, scored 23 points and was named an All-Tournament selection. Nick Durocher, a senior, added 14 points.

“We knew they were a very athletic team,” Watervliet head coach Walter Bowden said. “They're very deep and very good. They're undefeated for a reason.”

2009-10 Section II Class B boys basketball All-Tournament Team:
Chris McCarty, Sr., Schenectady Christian
Ian Yost, Sr., Johnstown
Jordan Gleason, Frosh., Watervliet
Nick Durocher, Sr., Watervliet
Brandon Mercardo, Sr., Fonda-Fultonville
MVP – Seth Hidde, Sr., Fonda-Fultonville


For the full story, click here.

Class A


Lansingburgh junior guard Sajae Pryor dribbles around Burnt Hills' Brandon Beatty during Sunday's Section II Class A championship game at the Glens Falls Civic Center. (Photos by Erica Miller - The Saratogian).

The clock didn't strike midnight Sunday for Cinderella story Burnt Hills, the No. 7 seed in the Section II Class A boys basketball tournament.

Jacob Meyers beat the buzzer before halftime with a layup, giving the Spartans a one-point lead heading into the break. Burnt Hills charged out in the third quarter, as Brandon Beatty scored the first five points of the period, but the teams played to a draw after regulation.

In overtime, Tournament MVP Zach Morton stepped up, scoring an early bucket and making a steal, and Keaton Flint buried a three-point shot as the Spartans raced ahead and the Knights just didn't have enough in the tank to recover.

Lansingburgh's Sajae Pryor leaps with the ball as Burnt Hills' Jacob Meyers defends during Sunday's Section II Class A Championship game in Glens Falls.

"Coming into the tournament, we had a lot of confidence in our team," Morton said. "We bought into the defense and we worked hard and we knew we could make a run in the tournament."

"I think he (Morton) was able and unafraid of taking and making contact," said Lansingburgh head coach Guy DiBacco. "I thought he initiated a lot of the contact, which is good offense. He initiated the contact, which tied Tyler up and didn’t let him block the shots. That kind of neutralized him by making contact."

For the full story, click here.

2009-10 Section II Class A boys basketball All-Tournament Team:
Malcolm Mathias, Sr., Gloversville
Chris Larm, Sr., Ichabod Crane
Sajae Pryor, Jr., Lansingburgh
Tyler Hammett, Sr., Lansingburgh
Keaton Flint, Jr., Burnt Hills
MVP - Zach Morton, Sr., Burnt Hills

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Fultonville Traffic Lawyer said...

Does anyone not agree that this is so much better than the NBA? Of course College Basketball > High School Basketball > NBA, but still. It's fun watching these kids play and seeing who makes it to play ball in college and on.

April 27, 2010 at 1:24 PM 

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