Tonight in Mechanicville Wasaren basketball titles will be decided in double-header action with league champions being crowned by night’s end. The boys title game with Hoosick Falls facing Waterford get’s things started with a 6 p.m. tip and the girls run featuring Cambridge and Tamarac will follow at 7:30.
On the boys side of things the question remains, “Can anybody stop Hoosick Falls?” The Panthers have won 53 straight Wasaren contests and are 83-2 in their last 85 league outings.
This year’s version of the Panthers comes in at 16-1 overall, scoring 63 points nightly and allowing 44 points on the defensive end. They’ve connected on 56 3-pointers this season and shoot 75% from the free throw line.
Juniors Jon Kempf and Tristan Williams lead the Falls attack scoring 20.1 and 18.1 respectively. A third junior, Max Kipp averages 9.6 nightly and is the main long ball threat for the Panthers with 20 makes from deep.
Waterford brings an 11-7 mark to the fray averaging 64 points per game and giving up 53 defensively. The Fordians have bottomed 92 triples and convert at 70% from the charity stripe.
A trio of Fordians average double figures with senior Bobby Valogorski scoring 17.8, junior Michael Talavera 14.6 and sophomore TJ Kelley at 10.0 points per. Talavera and Kelley are the top long range weapons for Waterford, combining for 44 hits from behind the arc.
The two squads met on January 21st and after three periods of play were deadlocked at 34-34, before the Panthers pulled away over the final eight minutes to earn the 54-46 decision.
In the nightcap, Tamarac comes in at 14-3 on the year scoring at 54 points nightly while allowing opponents 44 points per contest. The Bengals have made 54 treys and shoot 66% from the foul line.
Senior Emily Erickson at 20.4 points per, and sophomore Syrita Faraj at 12.5 points lead the Bengals offensively. Erickson with 31 makes from deep poses the primary 3-ball threat for Tamarac.
Cambridge enters with a 16-1 mark, averaging 60 points offensively and giving up just 35 points nightly on the other side of the ball. The Indians have bottomed 102 triples this season and convert on 56% of their free throw attempts.
Sophomore guards Sophie and Lily Phillips pace the Cambridge attack scoring 16.2 and 14.7 points per game. The twin guards have combined for 52 makes from deep, with freshman Stasia Epler adding 19 more giving the Indians multiple options from distance.
The two teams met in an early December get-together that saw Cambridge run out to a 30-17 lead at the break, Tamarac come all the way back to tie the Indians late in the fourth, and Cambridge score the last five points of the contest to close things out claiming the 49-44 victory.
Four quality teams with a pair of league titles up for grabs, on what should be a fun Monday night in Mechanicville.