By ROB JONAS
COLONIE – Fueled by a strong defensive effort, Green Tech defeated Colonie 64-50 on the second night of the Pep Sand Holiday Basketball Challenge at Colonie Central High School.
The Eagles (5-3) pressed and harassed the Garnet Raiders all night, forcing numerous turnovers and preventing Colonie (2-7) from getting into an offensive rhythm.
“We’ve been struggling defensively this season, so that’s what we’ve been working on in practice,” said Green Tech head coach D.J. Jones.
Green Tech used a 13-6 run in the second quarter to build a 34-23 halftime lead. Guards Joshua Hyman and Joshua Rodriguez figured heavily in the Eagles’ offensive success in the second quarter, as they combined to drain five three-pointers.
Green Tech carried the momentum into the third quarter, as the Eagles opened on a 14-5 run to increase their lead to 48-28. A series of fouls slowed down the pace of the game in the fourth quarter, but Colonie could not get close enough to mount a challenge.
“We were never really in it,” said Colonie head coach Ken Dagostino. “We were not good on the three E’s – energy, effort and execution.”
Rodriguez finished with 15 points, and Kemore Johnson contributed 12 points for Green Tech, which plays an independent schedule.
“It’s a long season,” said Jones. “It’s all about building towards Sectionals, and it’s all about building one game at a time.”
Aaron Satin scored 12 points, and Marcus Shelton added 11 points for Colonie.
Click on a photo in the gallery to view a full-sized version. Photos by Rob Jonas