The Boys Basketball Race

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With the majority of Wasaren teams having played five league contests the race for the championship is starting to take shape.  In horse racing terms the squads are approaching the back stretch and here’s a closer look at each school’s position in the race.

Leaders:  Mechanicville and Stillwater set the pace both boasting undefeated marks in league play.

The Red Raiders are an experienced, athletic group with three capable scorers in Evan Dunn, C.J.Tironi, and Giovanni D’Ambro.  They run the floor well but guard better, holding teams to 46 points per game, best in the league.

Stillwater rides a high-powered offense to the tune of 65 points nightly and are led in that category by Mitchel Wayand scoring 29 per.  Zack Travis and Jared D’Aloia combine for 29 points more for the Warriors who face the Raiders in Mechanicville this Friday night in a must see showdown.

Just Off The Pace:  The Panthers of Hoosick Falls league mark rests at 3-2, their two defeats at the hands of Stillwater and Mechanicville.  Connor McCart is starting to heat up averaging 28 points over his last five games, and Remington Hickey and Alex Mendez can score as well.  The Panthers play Greenwich and Tamarac this week and may well finish their first trip through the league at 5-2.

Go To The Whip:  Granville and Tamarac need to make a move this week to put themselves in position for a legitimate stretch run.

The Golden Horde is a young squad that can score and has shown signs at times this year.  They own wins over Tamarac and Cambridge and two of their losses are of the one point variety.  Matthew Fuller, Trace Bourn, and Morgan Williams put points on the board, but the Horde gives up a league high 60 points at the other end.  Games with Hoosic Valley and Greenwich this week need to go in the win column.

Tamarac claimed victories over Cambridge and Greenwich but dropped games to Granville and Hoosic Valley that might be more telling.  Dillion Maxon at 15 points per lead’s the Bengals who this week take on Stillwater and Hoosick Falls, a tall order for the Cats.

Dark Horse: Greenwich at 1-3 in the league is better than that.  Coming off a football run to the state title game, I think they’re still putting the pieces together and will be much improved over the second half.  Colin Skiff, Lukas Whitehouse, and George Ostrowski lead an offense that put 70 and 80 on the board their last two times out, in losses to Spa Catholic and Middleburgh.  Games with Granville and Hoosick Falls this week will speak volumes.

Looking For Traction:  Hoosic Valley and Cambridge have stumbled coming out of the gate with one league win combined.

The Valley owns a win over Tamarac and lost by a single point to Mechanicville.  They struggle to score the ball averaging  a league low of  47 points, with Matt Espey’s 12.6 leading the attack.  They split over the holiday break losing to Middleburgh while thumping Waterford and with a pair of wins over Granville and Cambridge this week the Indians would get some footing in this race.

Cambridge at 0-5 had a full view of the field as they continue to search for a league “W”.  Daniel Genevick has scored well for the Indians averaging 20 points nightly and Kordell Benson adds 10 points more.  They’re looking for any kind of momentum in Cambridge and I’m not sure contests with Mechanicville and the Valley this week put Uncle Mo on the Indians shoulders.

 

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