Section 2 Class C boys basketball playoffs: Home teams sweep opening round games

All eight home teams won their Section 2 Class C boys basketball playoff games Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Top-seeded Lake George had little trouble with No. 16 Cambridge, as the Warriors prevailed 105-53. New York’s top-ranked Class C squad jumped out to a 35-3 lead in the first quarter, and it never looked back in advancing to the quarterfinals.

Mason Flatley poured in 28 points, and Chris Becker contributed 21 points for Lake George, which extended its state-best winning streak to 49 games. Ben Epler had 20 points, and Brian Hall added 17 points for Cambridge.

Up next for Lake George is Friday’s quarterfinal game against No. 8 Schoharie at Hudson Valley Community College after Schoharie edged No. 9 Stillwater 53-51. Shane Helmstadt scored 18 points for Schoharie, which built an 18-9 lead in the first quarter and fended off a Stillwater rally in the second half.

Brian McNeil netted 20 points, and James Galarneau added 12 points for Stillwater.

No. 4 Chatham and No. 5 Mayfield also advanced with opening round wins Tuesday. Chatham defeated No. 13 Fort Plain 64-46, while Mayfield eased past No. 12 Greenwich 57-37.

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Keon Armstrong led the way with 18 points for Chatham, which led Fort Plain 38-22 at halftime. JayShawn Williams contributed 16 points, and Jon Elbert added 11 points for the Panthers. Troy Butler paced the Toppers with 18 points.

Mayfield grabbed a 17-8 lead in the first quarter and steadily pulled away for the 20-point victory over Greenwich. Trevon Gifford had 26 points, and Garrett Delaney had 16 points for the Panthers. John Walsh led the Witches with 18 points.

The higher seeds won in the lower half of the Class C bracket, too. No. 2 Hoosick Falls defeated No. 18 Rensselaer 58-39 to move on to Friday’s quarterfinals against No. 7 Canajoharie, which edged No. 10 Hoosic Valley 56-53.

Luke VanSlyke had a 25-point night for Canajoharie, which fended off a late charge by Hoosic Valley. Isaac Carlo led Hoosic Valley with 26 points.

Jon Kempf lit up the scoreboard with 31 points for Hoosick Falls in its victory over Rensselaer. Brandon Northrup paced the visiting Rams with 14 points.

Elsewhere, No. 3 Maple Hill cruised past No. 14 Hadley-Luzerne 77-35. Nate Mannion netted 17 points, while Evan Kulpa and Quinn Pratico each added 13 points for the Wildcats. Danny McMahon scored 17 points for the Eagles.

No. 6 Granville defeated No. 11 Waterford-Halfmoon 69-58 behind 17 points apiece from Bart Bartholomew, Josh Oakman and Nick Summer. Mike Castracani scored 17 points, and Bobby Valigorski added 16 points for the Fordians.

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