By ROB JONAS
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Brackets for the Section 2 boys basketball playoffs were revealed Wednesday, Feb. 13, and there were not many surprises.
Bethlehem (Class AA), Troy (Class A), Schalmont (Class B), Lake George (Class C) and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville (Class D) were named the top seeds by the Section 2 committee. Of the five No. 1 seeds, only Schalmont (19-1) was a mild surprise, as the Sabres were chosen over Foothills Council champion Glens Falls (19-1), which has only an out-of-state loss this season. Schalmont suffered an 80-69 loss to Colonial Council rival LaSalle Thursday, Feb. 7, for its only setback of the season, but grabbed the top seed due to a better strength of schedule, according to boys basketball chairman Will Ferguson.
“They were so close that Schalmont’s [seeding] points were only slightly ahead on the sheet,” said Fergsuon. “Then, there was the schedule … the number of AA’s and A;s played vs. the B’ and C’s they played against each other. One of the other key factors was Schalmont knocked off Troy, which was the No. 1 seed for the A’s.” Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball: Bethlehem, Troy, Schalmont, Lake George and OESJ receive No. 1 seeds”
Shenendehowa used a 21-9 run in the third quarter to take control in a 60-50 victory over Ballston Spa Friday, Feb. 1, in a Suburban Council boys basketball game.
James Altenburger netted 18 points, and Jake Reinisch contributed 12 points on four three-pointers for the Plainsmen, who trailed 26-25 at halftime. Jayson Faizy drained six three-pointers as part of a 22-point night for the Scotties.
Elsewhere in the Suburban Council, Bethlehem survived a scare from Schenectady and defeated the Patriots 75-70 to remain undefeated. Erik Salo scored 19 points, Justin Barnes chipped in with 17 points and Michael Ortale added 13 points for the Eagles. Jaquan Johnson led Schenectady with 20 points, and Lamar Fisher contributed 13 points. Continue reading “Suburban Council boys basketball: Shenendehowa knocks off Ballston Spa”
A big third quarter helped Bethlehem defeat Saratoga Springs 75-65 in a battle of undefeated Suburban Council boys basketball teams Tuesday, Jan. 15.
The Eagles outscored the Blue Streaks 25-16 in the third period to open up a 12-point lead. Saratoga Springs made several attempts to get back into the game, but Bethlehem held on for the 10-point win.
Pat Ryan played a big role in Bethlehem’s victory. The senior guard made six three-pointers on his way to a season-high 20-point performance. Jake LaClair contributed 15 points, while Eric Signor (12 points) and Michael Ortale (11 points) added a combined total of 23 points.
Will Fox paced Saratoga Springs with 18 points, and Aidan Holmes chipped in with 16 points.
The victory moved Bethlehem into the Blue Division lead with a 9-0 record (13-0 overall) with seven games left in the regular season. Saratoga Springs dipped to 8-1 and 11-1. Continue reading “Suburban Council boys basketball: Bethlehem wins battle of undefeated teams”
We’re back with a new episode of Capital Region HS Sports: The Podcast.
This week, we have interviews with Bethlehem boys basketball head coach A.G. Irons and senior forward Michael Ortale as the Eagles are battling for first place in the Suburban Council. We also talked with Warrensburg wrestling coach Mark Trapasso ahead of next week’s Section 2 Division 2 Dual Meet Championships, which are being hosted by the Burghers. And, we caught up with Shenendehowa hockey coach Juan de la Rocha and Albany Academy hockey coach Dave Rider following Thursday night’s Capital District High School Hockey League showdown, which the Plainsmen won 4-3. Continue reading “Capital Region HS Sports: The Podcast – Episode 2”
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. Continue reading “Suburban Council boys basketball: Bethlehem and Saratoga Springs remain undefeated ahead of Tuesday’s showdown”
Shenendehowa outscored Columbia 35-16 over the course of the second and third quarters to defeat the Blue Devils 64-45 Tuesday, Dec. 18, in a Suburban Council boys basketball game.
Jake Reinisch had another big night for the Plainsmen. Reinisch made six shots from beyond the three-point arc and finished with 30 points to lead all scorers. Nick Lemire added 12 points, nine of which came from beyond the three-point line.
Jack Romer scored 13 points, and three more players contributed nine points apiece for Columbia. Continue reading “Suburban Council boys basketball: Shenendehowa uses big run to take down Columbia; CBA hangs on for a victory”