Five Wasaren boys team take the floor tonight in sectional play with the Hoosick Falls/Mechanicville match up drawing much of the attention.
In other games Stillwater travels to Ichabod Crane, Broadalbin-Perth hosts Hoosic Valley, Granville plays undefeated Hudson, and in the C’s Cambridge travel’s to Berne Knox.
Hoosick Falls/Mechanicville: To start with it’s ridiculous that two of the tri-champions of the Wasaren face-off in the first round. I know the seeding committee has a difficult job, and they aren’t going to please everyone, but these two schools shouldn’t see each other in round one. They could have given Mechanicville a #7 seed and avoided this unfortunate situation.
Mechanicville comes in at 16-4 on the season, scores just under 60 points per game and allow 51.6. They’re led in scoring by Evan Dunn at 16.1, C.J.Tironi 11.8, and Giovanni D’Ambro at 11.5 points per night.
Hoosick Falls enters at 13-7 on the year, they average 56 points per and give up 45.8 defensively. The Panthers also have three players averaging double figures in scoring with Connor McCart at 19.7, Remington Hickey 12.8, and Alex Mendez at 10.3 points leading the attack.
The two teams split their pair of meetings this year with the Raiders winning the first contest 60-57, and the Falls securing a 64-55 decision later in the season.
It probably goes down to the wire in Mechanicville tonight and I thing the host squad will have just enough to get it done.
Stillwater/Ichabod Crane: Stillwater, the other Wasaren tri-champion owns the #10 seed and travels to Ichabod Crane to take on the Riders.
The Warriors (16-4), score it at 63 points nightly, and allow 50.7 defensively. Mitchel Wayand averages 25 points per with Jared D’Aloia and Zack Travis adding 15.1 and 11.5 respectively. Wayand and D’Aloia have combined for 115 makes from distance this year.
The Riders (14-6), from the Colonial Council stumble in having lost their last three contests. They boast a trio of players scoring double digits with Sean Daly 14.3 points, Joe Werner 13.0, and Peter Volkman at 12.2 points to lead the offense.
Two good teams from a pair of excellent conferences, I like the Warriors in this one.
Hoosic Valley/ Broadalbin-Perth: The Valley comes in off of their 60-57 victory over Cairo-Durham in the opening round. The Indians are 9-12 on the season, average just under 49 points per, and allow 47.6 on the defensive side. Their top three scorers are Dan Joslin, Matt Espey and Isaac Sanchez, the trio combining for 35 points nightly.
Perth enters at 16-4 on the campaign and likes to shoot it from distance with 147 made triples on the year. Vincenzo DiCaterino at 15.5. Preston Taylor 13.4, and Mike Mann at 10.0 points lead the Perth attack.
A tall order tonight for the Valley, but they’ve been battle-tested coming out of the Wasaren. Keep it close and win it late is will be the formula tonight for the Indians.
Granville/Hudson: Granville (8-13), advanced with their 60-50 decision over Johnstown in the opening round. The Horde scores 52 points per, and give up just under 58 points defensively. Matthew Fuller, Trace Bourn, and Morgan Williams combine for 36 points a night to lead the Horde offense. Granville likes the 3-ball, bottoming 113 on the year.
Hudson (20-0), are an explosive outfit from the Patroon Conference averaging 82 points per. They have a quintet of players scoring in double figures with Tyler Dellavechia’s 19.7 leading the pack.
With Hudson undefeated and lighting up the scoreboard on a nightly basis, on paper it looks like an easy “W” for the Blue Hens. But the Patroon can’t compare to the Wasaren in it’s level of competition. Don’t be surprised if this one’s close.
Cambridge/Berne Knox: Cambridge got past Corinth 43-37 in the opening round and enter with a 8-13 mark. The Indians average 54 points offensively, and allow 53 on the other end. Daniel Genevick and Kordell Benson lead the Indian attack combining for just under 27 points nightly.
Berne-Knox (14-6) boast a pair of big-time scorers in Zach Hilton and Justin Houcx, the two averaging just under 40 points combined.
The Indians will have their work cut out for them tonight on the road.