Patience is a virtue. Just ask Evan Dunn. In two games played against Stillwater this year the Warrior defense refused the Mechanicville senior a decent look at the basket. The left-handed sharp shooter dogged by multiple defenders over both contests was held well below his season average of 16.5 in each.
But to Dunn’s credit he didn’t worry about points, didn’t force shots, and with seconds remaining last night switched from patient to clutch, bottoming a triple as time expired giving Mechanicville a 50-47 victory and a share of the Wasaren title.
In a back and forth game throughout, the Raiders took an 18-13 lead after the first eight minutes, but Stillwater rallied in the second frame and went to intermission with a three point cushion at 31-28.
The Warriors extended that lead to 38-28 early in the third, before Mechanicville responded with a 9-1 run to close the quarter down five at 42-37.
In the final stanza the two squads played as you’d expect with a league title on the line, and if there was any question how much that title means it was answered after Dunn buried his game-winner, by the mob scene of Raider fans and players in celebration on the court.
For Stillwater who finishes the regular season at 12-2, 16-4, Mitchel Wayand 15 points, Jared D’Aloia 15 points and Brad Anderson with 10 points led the attack.
On the Mechanicville side of things, the Raiders 1-2, 16-3, were led in the scoring column by C.J.Tironi’s 19 points, with Jacob Henes adding nine, and Dunn finishing with eight on the night.