Section 2 Class A boys basketball playoffs: Mohonasen opens with victory over Catholic Central

Defending Section 2 Class A champion Mohonasen began this year’s boys basketball tournament with a 62-37 victory over No. 11 Catholic Central Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Rotterdam.

Duncan Tallman made four three-pointers and finished with a team-leading 21 points for the sixth-seeded Mighty Warriors, who jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter. Chase Monroe contributed 12 points, and Shawn Gillisslee added nine points.

Jackson Brown scored 13 points for Catholic Central.

Mohonasen advances to face No. 3 Averill Park Sunday, Feb. 24, at Hudson Valley Community College.

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In other Class A playoff games, No. 8 Queensbury defeated No. 9 Scotia-Glenville 67-53 to move into a quarterfinal showdown with top-seeded Troy. Nathan Johnson had five three-pointers as part of a 20-point night for the Spartans, while Bryce Bleibtrey chipped in with 18 points. Andrew LeMorta netted 16 points for the Tartans.

No. 4 Mekeel Christian Academy and No. 5 Lansingburgh both won their opening round games to set up a quarterfinal match-up with each other. Mekeel Christian eased past No. 13 Bishop Maginn 87-32, while Lansingburgh defeated No. 12 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 71-53.

Alex Barnhill and Ozzy DeJesus propelled Mekeel Christian, which outscored Bishop Maginn 71-18 over the final three quarters. Barnhill poured in 30 points, and DeJesus contributed 24 points. Treylan Cortina scored nine points for Bishop Maginn.

Four Lansingburgh players scored 10 or more points against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Isaiah Knight led the way with 21 points, while Jahad Lewis netted 15 points and Vinny Tario added 14 points. Jack Wyatt paced Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake with 17 points.

No. 10 Ballston Spa defeated No. 7 Amsterdam 74-65 to advance to Sunday’s quarterfinal against No. 2 Gloversville. Luke Alteri had 27 points, and Keegan Zoller chipped in with 24 points for the Scotties, who overcame a six-point halftime deficit with a 25-12 run in the third quarter. Yandell Vazquez scored 19 points, and Caydren Graveley added 18 points for Amsterdam.


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