GLENS FALLS – The second day of the Zero Gravity Slam North-South Classic boys basketball showcase took place Sunday, Jan. 27, at Cool Insuring Arena.
The highlight was reserved for the final game of the day-long showcase, as Glens Falls’ Joseph Girard III pursued another milestone against Foothills Council rival. Girard scored his 4,000th career point on a free throw in the third quarter as part of a 52-point performance in the Indians’ 78-74 victory over the Running Rams.
Two other major match-ups fell a bit short of generating much in the way of suspense. Albany Academy downed Park School of Buffalo 67-44 in a showdown between the state’s top two-ranked Class A teams, and Lake George stormed out to an 18-7 lead on its way to a 55-30 victory over Hoosick Falls in a battle between the state’s No. 1 and No. 4-ranked Class C squads.
Albany Academy jumped out to a 16-6 lead in the first quarter against Park School, which was without the services of its top player, Noah Hutchins, who sat out with an injury. The Cadets then sealed the victory by outscoring Park School 25-15 in the third quarter.
August Mahoney netted 17 points, and Marcus Jackson contributed 16 points for Albany Academy, which entered the game as the state’s No. 2-ranked Class A team.
Chris Becker had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-ranked Lake George past Hoosick Falls. Mason Flatley contributed 13 points and six revounds, and Luke Pelchar added 10 points and seven boards,
Tristen Williams had eight points for Hoosick Falls, which failed to score 10 points in any quarter against Lake George’s defense.
In other games from the North-South Classic, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville defeated Hoosic Valley 46-35. Tyler Leon had 20 points for the Wolfpack, who scored the first 13 points of the game. Zach Ryan led the Indians with 14 points.
Shenendehowa went on a 22-5 run in the second quarter on its way to a 71-57 victory over Green Tech. T.J. Sangare scored 14 points, and Jake Reinisch contributed 13 points for the Plainsmen.
Photos by Rob Jonas