To say that Berlin’s first season as a member of the Wasaren league has been difficult would be accurate and terribly understated. The Mountaineers boys basketball team made a stop in Mechanicville Thursday night on their gauntlet run through the conference, and while the venue was new the results were all too familiar.
Mechanicville led from start to finish, bottomed 10 triples and put 10 players in the scoring column as they rolled over Berlin and posted a 75-50 decision.
The Red Raiders scored off the opening tap on Keegan McHale’s layup, the start of an 11-0 run.
A pair of Luciano D’Ambro buckets, a 3-pointer from Josh Germaine and a Nick Billert basket gave Mechanicville a working margin for the remainder of the evening.
At the 4:30 mark of the first, Joshua Hendricks’s floater got the visitors on the board and the two squads played evenly through the reminder of the quarter that ended with D’Ambro going glass from 10 feet at the buzzer giving the Raiders a 20-9 advantage.
Mechanicville started the second period just as they did the first, going on a 9-2 spurt culminating on a Germaine 3-pointer with 5:00 remaining in the quarter extending the lead to 29-11.
Berlin answered with an 8-1 streak of their own, Ryan Willis starting the run with a finger roll and ending it on a triple from the top at the 3:10 mark, trimming the deficit to 11 at 30-19.
Mechanicville responded explosively with freshman Devin Garland knocking back treys on consecutive possessions, and Kendrick McCann following with a long ball of his own sending the home squad to the break leading 40-21.
In the third the Raiders put this one away by continuing to flash their deep shooting prowess as McCann drilled a pair of triples, Germaine bottomed his third of the contest, and Dante D’Ambro, who scored eight points in the period, added a corner three as Mechanicville cruised to it’s 6th league win in 11 outings.
Willis scored a game-high 24 points to lead Berlin with Hendricks adding 21 for the Mountaineers who with the loss drop to 1-10 in Wasaren play.
For Mechanicville McCann netted 13 points, Luciano D’Ambro added 12, and Chris Sullivan, Germaine, Garland and Dante D’Ambro all scored nine points on a night where all the Raiders got plenty of run and their second league win of the week.