It was a tough Tuesday night for Wasaren boys teams playing in the Section II basketball tournament. Eight league squads took the floor, with seven teams playing on the road. At night’s end, six teams were eliminated with only Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville able to post wins and advance.
Mechanicville 69 Hudson 66
Leading Scorers: Red Raiders – Josh Germaine 18 Devin Garland 16 Anthony Attala 12 Luciano D’Ambro 12 Blue Hawks – Dayquan Griffin 32 Lavon Fernandez 15
Key Stat: The Raiders started fast and held a 23-12 advantage after one, and led 40-29 at the break. But Hudson used a 24-13 third period to knot things at 53 all entering the final eight minutes where the Raiders closed things out. Mechanicville bottomed six triples and converted on 7 of 8 from the free throw line in the game and with the win advance to play Watervliet, 101-50 winners over Bishop Gibbons, on Friday.
Johnstown 79 Tamarac 50
Leading Scorers: Sir Bills – Matthew Boyle 34 Ethan Wagner 10 Bengals – Frank Zotto 16 Anthony Ciampolillo 11
Key Stat: Johnstown won every quarter, held a 39-22 halftime lead and cruised to the victory in the round of 16, led by Boyle who drilled six 3-pointers fueling his 34 point effort.
Hoosick Falls 58 Rensselaer 39
Leading Scorers: Panthers – Jon Kempf 31 Max Kipp 10 Rams – Brandon Northrup 14 Craig Harris 11
Key Stat: The #2 seeded Panthers jumped out to an 18-7 lead after one and gradually pulled away for the win setting up a meeting with Canajoharie in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 12:30 at HVCC.
Canajoharie 56 Hoosic Valley 53
Leading Scorers: Canjo – Luke Van Slyke 25 Indians – Isaac Carlo 26
Key Stat: Trailing 37-29 heading to the final frame the Indians scored nearly half of their total points in a 24 point period, 14 coming from Carlo, but their comeback run wasn’t quite enough.
Granville 69 Waterford 58
Leading Scorers: Golden Horde – Bart Bartholomew 17 Josh Oakman 17 Nick Sumner 17 Jarrett Williams 12 Fordians – Mike Castracani 17 Bobby Valigorski 16 Michael Talavera 12
Key Stat: Granville won it from both lines with an 8-2 advantage in made threes while converting on 11 of 14 from the stripe with Waterford shooting just 4 of 7.
Lake George 105 Cambridge 53
Leading Scorers: Warriors – Mason Flatley 28 Chris Becker 21 Juan Garcia 15 Indians – Ben Epler 20 Brian Hall 17
Key Stat: A 35 point first quarter by the Warriors set the tone, on a night where Lake George bottoms 14 triples, with 12 players scoring in the one-sided “W” over the Indians.
Mayfield 57 Greenwich 37
Leading Scorers: Mayfield – Gabe Gifford 26 Garrett Delaney 16 Witches – John Walsh 18 Alex Curtis 10
Key Stat: Mayfield won every quarter while holding Greenwich to single digits in three of the four, to post the comfortable victory in the Round of 16.
Schoharie 53 Stillwater 51
Leading Scorers: Indians – Shane Helmstadt 18 Skyler Jankowski 13 Warriors – Brian McNeil 20 James Galarneau 12
Key Stat: In a tale of two halves Schoharie held a 35-21 lead at the break, before the Warriors stormed back over the final two periods, falling just short. The Indians used a 9-1 advantage in made threes to survive and advance to the quarterfinal round where they’ll face top seeded Lake George on Friday at 5 p.m. at HVCC.