With the open format in sectional play and the large number of Class B and C schools in Section II, those two classifications need a play-in round to whittle the number of squads down to 16. Four Wasaren schools find themselves in play-in runs on Friday and here’s a quick look at each of those match-ups.
Class B #17 Tamarac @ #16 Coxsackie-Athens: Coxsackie, out of the Patroon Conference compiled an 8-11 season, but lost 9 of their last 12 outings. They average just under 50 points per game, but many nights in the Patroon nobody plays defense.
Tamarac finished the regular season at 6-14 and after putting together a three-game winning streak at the end of January, dropped four straight to end the year including a 32 point loss to Greenwich their last time out.
The Bengals play in a better conference, that might be the difference in this one.
Class C #20 Waterford @ #13 Cambridge: In their first season competing in the Wasaren the Fordians really struggled finishing with an overall mark of 4-16. They lost 9 of their last 10 including a 64-26 defeat to Cambridge in their last game.
Cambridge after a 1-5 start got things turned around to finish at 10-10. They’ve got talent and couple that with their two convincing wins over Waterford during the year means they’ll handle their business tomorrow night and move on to the next round.
Class C #21 Galway @ #12 Saratoga Catholic: At this stage of the season everyone obviously wants to be playing their best. Galway, from the WAC, comes in at 4-16 on the year, losers in 5 of their last 6.
Spa Catholic, a 10-10 team has posted “W’s” in 4 of their last 5.
The Saints appear to be hot, Galway not, and Spa at home, get’s the win here.
Class C #19 Greenwich @ #14 Maple Hill: The Hilltoppers come in with a 9-11 mark, absorbing some close losses during the campaign including a two-point loss to Hoosic Valley around Christmas time. They score 55 nightly and like the three-ball knocking back 112 on the season.
Greenwich struggled down the stretch dropping 6 of their last 7 to finish at 5-15 this year. The Witches score 46 per, but in their last regular season run they put 87 points on the board in a win over Tamarac. They’ve bottomed 123 triples, and will need to shoot well from deep to get past Maple Hill who will be a tough out at home.