Saturday, March 6, 2010

Section II boys basketball championships in Glens Falls - live chat

Sunday, Ryan Kircher and I will be covering the Section II boys basketball championships at the Glens Falls Civic Center. As I have been doing for all of the Section II tournament so far, I'll be blogging live from the Civic Center to bring you updates as fast as I can. Check out the game capsules below and please check back tomorrow and join the conversation.

Sunday, March 7
Glens Falls Civic Center
Section II Boys Basketball Championships

Class D
(1) Argyle vs. (2) Germantown, 1 p.m.
About Argyle: The Scots, a Washington County team, are sure to have a large delegation of fans in the Civic Center Sunday. Will that help them against an athletic, perimeter-oriented Germantown team?
About Germantown: The Clippers have had great success in the CHVL in recent years, but the CHVL has not won a Section II title in quite some time. Will this be the year?

Class C
(1) Maple Hill vs. (2) Hoosick Falls, 2:45 p.m.
About Maple Hill: The Wildcats are defending Section II Class C champions (they won the CC bracket and a CC/C playoff last year) and played twice more in the Civic Center after that in the New York State Final Four. They have, as is widely regarded among the basketball establishment in Section II, the best collective starting five among the small-school teams. A new hero seems to emerge every night for them. Chris Despart did the trick in a tough semifinal victory over Schoharie, sinking a pair of treys on a 20-0 run. Who steps up for the Wildcats Sunday afternoon? And how raucous are the Castleton Crazies?
About Hoosick Falls: The Panthers are the epitome of a Wasaren League team. Solid and gritty man-to-man defense is their biggest strength. Kevin McMahon is their unparalleled shot-taking big man on offense, capable of driving to the hoop or popping outside shots all day long. How do the Wildcats defend him? Do they try a mix of man and zone, or do they stick with their old standby, the 2-3? The Panthers also do not have a lot of experience in the Civic Center, having last won a Section II title in 1984.

Class B
(1) Fonda-Fultonville vs. (2) Watervliet, 4:30 p.m.
About Fonda: The Braves (21-0) are the only undefeated team remaining in Section II, but they'll surely get their toughest test from Watervliet Sunday afternoon. Brandon Mercado was a Section II Class B All-Tournament selection a season ago and remains one of Fonda's biggest threats.
About Watervliet: The Cannoneers have been firing at will ever since Jordan Gleason found a home in the starting lineup in their opening round game against Stillwater. Gleason, a freshman, is the younger brother of 'Vliet's junior point guard Devonte Gleason.
Watervliet hasn't been challenged in the postseason so far, posting blowouts over Stillwater, Broadalbin and Schenectady Christian. Can the Cannoneers adjust to a tight game on a big stage? Can players like Nick Durocher and Kevin Pontore provide enough leadership to carry them to the school's first Section II title since the 2006-07 season?

Class A
(1) Lansingburgh vs. (7) Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 6:15 p.m.
About Lansingburgh: The Knights are making their first title game appearance ever, but they were well-prepared for the pressure in a semifinal round game against Ichabod Crane.
Lansingburgh head coach Guy DiBacco made sure his guys got there early and took it easy, watching the early game together as a team. Will watching Colonial Council rival Watervliet help them keep their nerves?
Can Sajae Pryor and Salaam Knight find a way to slice through the Burnt Hills defense? Burnt Hills head coach George Dudas always does a good job of designing defenses that confuse the other team.
About Burnt Hills: The Spartans have made a surprising run to the finals, topping South Glens Falls, the No. 2 seed, in the quarters and No. 6 Gloversville in the semis. Forwards Jacob Myers and Zach Morton will certainly be frustrating to Lansingburgh's senior center Tyler Hammett. The man-to-man battle between BH-BL point guard Keaton Flint and Lansingburgh's Alex Drake is going to be interesting to watch.

Tuesday, March 9
Times Union Center, Albany
Class AA
(B1) Christian Brothers Academy vs. (S1) Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.
About CBA: The Brothers were the class of the Big 10 this season and they've dispatched Troy and Albany High en route to the championship game, their eighth consecutive appearance in Section II's biggest of games. Kam Ritter is their main playmaker, but the Brothers have depth off the bench and a roster full of players willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
About Shen: Matt Miner, the Suburban Council MVP, is the Plainsmen's biggest weapon. He'll be playing D-II basketball for former HVCC coach Andre Cook next season in Texas.
These teams met in a classic semifinal battle last season - Matt Lee sent it to overtime with a three-pointer to end regulation - but do the Plainsmen have enough to topple the Big, Bad Brothers of the Big 10 on the biggest stage?

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