In a game that saw 15 lead changes and five ties, Mechanicville used clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to turn back a determined Hoosic Valley squad 64-60.
It was senior recognition night in Schaghticoke and after the ceremony the two teams traded baskets for most of the first period.
Two buckets from Mechanicville’s Jonathan Picket sandwiched around a corner three from the Valley’s Dan Joslin gave the Raiders the early 4-3 lead.
A knifing drive and score from Joslin at the 2:40 mark gave the Indians the lead at 7-6, but Mechanicville went on a 7-0 spurt behind three free throws from Keegan McHale, an inside score from C.J.Tironi, and a long two from Evan Dunn to take back the lead at 13-7 with :51 left in the period.
The Valley finished the quarter with four quick points from Joslin on free throw and corner triple, and the first eight minutes ended with Mechanicville holding a 13-11 advantage.
In the second Giovanni D’Ambro scored 10 points in less than four minutes on a pair of run outs, a deep three from the wing, and a floater and one at the 4:21 mark to tie things at 24.
With 2:16 left in the period a steal, score and one from Matt Espey gave the Valley a 29-27 edge, but Mechanicville closed the half on a Reggie McCann triple from the top and took a 33-31 lead to intermission.
The two team traded buckets in the early minutes of the third before a pair of scores from the Valley’s Tom Madigan, the second in transition at the 3:45 mark, tied things at 39.
An old fashioned three point play from Espey closed the scoring in the frame, and the teams headed to the final stanza with the Indians in front 45-43.
A McHale put back and one gave the Raiders a 48-46 edge a minute into the quarter, but an Espey bucket off a nice find from Madigan knotted things once again at 48 all.
With the game tied at 50 and 5:28 remaining, D’Ambro bottomed a three giving the Raiders the lead, and this time they wouldn’t give it back.
A D’Ambro lay-up off a nice feed from McHale extended the advantage to six at 58-52, but the Valley refused to go away scoring the next five points the last two coming on an Isaac Sanchez put back with just under 3:00 to play.
Over the final 2:25 Mechanicville was money from the stripe knocking down 6 of 8, turned the Valley over twice on the defensive end, and at night’s end walked off with the hard fought “W” their 10th in 12 league outings.
On the evening both teams showed excellent balance in their offensive attack.
For the Valley Dan Joslin scored 22, Matt Espey 15, Tom Madigan11, and Isaac Sanchez with 10 points rounded out the quartet of double digit scorers for the 4-8 Indians.
The Raiders also had four players reach double figures with Gio D’Ambro scoring 17, Keegan McHale 12, Evan Dunn 10, and Jonathan Pickett also with 10 points.