Suburban Council boys basketball: Bethlehem and Saratoga Springs remain undefeated ahead of Tuesday’s showdown

The two remaining undefeated Suburban Council boys basketball teams are set to square off Tuesday, Jan. 15, as Bethlehem and Saratoga Springs each won Friday night.

Bethlehem (8-0 league, 11-0 overall) closed the game on a 15-6 run to defeat Christian Brothers Academy 62-54 in Colonie. Michael Ortale netted 20 points, and Justin Barnes added 16 points to help the Eagles offset Jordan King’s 36-point performance for the Brothers.

Saratoga Springs (8-0, 10-0) built a 33-24 halftime lead and fended off Niskayuna 67-57. Nate Chudy had 24 points, and Aidan Holmes contributed 19 points for the Blue Streaks. Nick Benton scored 17 points for the Silver Warriors, and Richie Quinn added 15 points.

Saratoga travels to Bethlehem Tuesday for a game that could decide the Blue Division title and the No. 1 seed for the Section 2 Class AA playoffs.

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Elsewhere in the Suburban Council, Jake Reinisch sank six three-pointers on his way to a 24-point night to lead Shenendehowa to a 48-35 victory over Colonie. Marcus Shelton paced Colonie with 16 points.

Albany fended off Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 81-77, as the Spartans scored 34 points in a wild fourth quarter. The Falcons led 58-43 entering the fourth quarter and needed all of their 23 points in the final period to hold on for the victory.

Tye-Rell Monroe led five Albany players in double digits with 24 points, while Kevin Seel II netted 14 points. Jack Wyatt had 20 points, and Alex Jameson added 18 points for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Troy built a 73-51 advantage through the first three quarters and defeated Schenectady 90-73. Latyce Faison led the Flying Horses with 22 points, while Lateef Johnson and Nazaire Merritt each contributed 19 points. Jahsean Haggerty’s 16 points paced the Patriots.

Averill Park pulled away in the second half for a 54-45 victory over Columbia. Zach Price scored 21 points, and Avery Pascucci chipped in with 17 points for the Warriors. Cooper Zwanka had 21 points for the Blue Devils.

Mekeel Christian Academy downed Ballston Spa 80-28 in a non-league game. Josh Winfield netted 18 points for the Lions, while Keegan Zoller led the Scotties with six points.

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