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”
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. Continue reading “Scenes from the ZG Slam North-South Classic, Day 2”
The Tamarac boys basketball team locked up its first winning season since 2009 with a 64-44 non-league victory against New Lebanon Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Anthony Ciampolillo and Frank Zotto each scored 17 points to lead the Bengals (11-3), who pulled away from the Tigers with a 21-9 run in the second quarter. Cole Erickson had 14 points, and Clayton Erickson contributed 13 points for New Lebanon.
Elsewhere, Duncan Tallman became Mohonasen’s all-time scoring leader as the Mighty Warriors defeated Schenectady 71-63. Tallman scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter lead Mohonasen to victory and surpass Phil DeCarlo atop the school’s leaderboard with 1,274 points.
Shawn Gillisslee chipped in with 16 points, and Chase Monroe added 15 points for Mohonasen, which overcame a slow start to build a 33-30 halftime lead. Elijah Johnsen had 15 points for Schenectady. Continue reading “Boys basketball: Tamarac defeats New Lebanon to clinch first winning season in 10 years”
Lake George outscored Hartford 42-15 in the second half to pull away for an 80-38 victory over the Tanagers Tuesday, Dec. 4, in an Adirondack League boys basketball game.
Chris Becker and Luke Pelchar each recorded double-doubles for Lake George. Becker led the way with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Pelchar chipped in with 11 points and 12 boards. Juan Garcia contributed 10 points, and Alex Leonelli added six assists.
Gavin Darfler had 13 points and seven rebounds for Hartford, and Brandon Harrington netted nine points.
Team: Lake George
Head coach: Blake White
Last year’s record: 28-0
Playoff result: Adirondack League, Section 2, regional and Class C state champions
Returning starters: Mason Flatley (forward/guard), Chris Becker (center)
Graduated: Alex Jones (point guard), Calab Scrime (forward)
Newcomers: Alex Leonelli (point guard), Colin Leonelli, Luke Pelchar (forward/center), Connor Vidnansky (shooting guard)
Outlook for season: Lake George lost its leading scorer (Scrime) and its starting point guard (Jones) to graduation, but the Warriors have two strong scorers returning in Flatley and Becker, who each averaged 15 points per game, plus a promising shooting guard in Vidnansky.
“The culture here is to win league titles and Sectionals, which is our goal again this season,” said White. “With the core being the two big men inside [Flatley and Becker], we feel with the new starters, we will have a balanced unit.”