Boys basketball: Schalmont, Mekeel Christian, Shaker and Albany Academy post wins at North-South Classic

ALBANY – Schalmont, Mekeel Christian, Shaker and Albany Academy won their games at Saturday’s ZG Slam North South Classic at the Washington Avenue Armory.

Schalmont kicked off the first day of the event with a 63-40 victory over Colonial Council rival Cobleskill-Richmondville. The Bulldogs hung with the Sabres through the first quarter, but Schalmont pulled away with a 13-4 run in the second quarter and a 22-6 spurt in the third quarter.

Shane O’Dell poured in 25 points to lead Schalmont. LJ Randle contributed 11 points, and Gannon Strube added 10 points. Donovan Pacatte got into early foul trouble for Cobleskill-Richmondville and was limited to 10 points.

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Mekeel Christian pulled out a 61-60 victory over Watervliet in the second game. The Cannoneers rallied from an early 13-0 deficit to build a 30-26 halftime lead, but the Lions recovered with a strong second half to earn the one-point win.

Ozzie DeJesus netted 21 points, Ricky Rollins contributed 15 points and Josh Winfield added 13 points for Mekeel Christian. Messiah Mallory led Watervliet with 19 points, and Khari Croley chipped in with 11 points.

Shaker outlasted Guilderland 61-51 in a Suburban Council match-up. Anthony Clayton scored 18 points, while Trey Mariano, Connor McHugh and Sean Seymour all added 10 points for the Blue Bison. Ryan Teaney had 17 points, and Billy Lia contributed 13 points for the Dutchmen.

As the snowstorm kicked in outside the Armory, Albany Academy closed out the first day of the event with a 67-53 victory over Green Tech. Marcus Jackson netted 19 points, and Andre Jackson kicked in 17 points for the Cadets. Joshua Rodriguez led the Eagles with 19 points.

Three games were postponed as a result of the snowstorm – Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake against Catholic Central, Hoosick Falls against Maple Hill and Glens Falls against Gloversville.

The second day of the North South Classic takes place Sunday, Jan. 27, at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

Photos by Rob Jonas

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