After a rough Tuesday night in sectional play for boys teams from the Wasaren, when six schools were eliminated in the round of 16, two league squads, Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville remain standing in the Section II tournament.
The Red Raiders take on Watervliet Friday night in a Class B quarterfinal with a 5 p.m. tip at Shenendehowa, while Hoosick Falls faces Canajoharie at HVCC on Saturday in a 12:30 Class C quarterfinal.
Both teams handled their business in round one, and each will be tested in their quarterfinal matchups as with just eight schools remaining in each class, there are no easy outs to be found.
#2 Hoosick Falls 18-1 vs. #7 Canajoharie 14-6: Canajoharie, from the WAC comes in off a narrow 56-53 victory over Hoosic Valley in the round of 16. The Cougars average 66 points nightly, allow 58 points defensively and have made 58 3-pointers on the year. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games outscoring opponents 70-60 over that span. Luke VanSlyke leads the Cougars in scoring at 21.9 and Joey Nare adds 11.7 points to the Canjo attack.
Hoosick Falls posted a comfortable 58-39 “W” over Rensselaer in round one. The Panthers score 62 points per contest while allowing 44 points at the opposite end, and have drilled 64 triples on the season. The Falls is 9-1 in their last 10, outscoring opponents by a 64-48 margin. Junior Jon Kempf leads the Panthers offensively scoring 20.3 points per game with junior guard Max Kipp adding 9.0 points per contest.
The #2 seeded Panthers playing without injured Tristan Williams will miss their high scoring big, but still have enough to get things done here and advance to the semi’s.
#3 Waterviliet 16-5 vs. #11 Mechanicville 12-8: The Cannoneers out of the Colonial Council score 69 points nightly, give up 54 defensively and have bottomed 130 threes on the year. They dismantled Bishop Gibbons 101-56 in round one. V’liet is 9-1 in their last 10 outings outscoring opponents at a 72-48 clip. Messiah Mallory leads the Cannoneers scoring 19.2 per game while Derek Beason and JJ Chestnut combine to score 27 points and have knocked down a combined 75 triples on the year.
The Red Raiders come in off a 69-66 win over Hudson in the round of 16. Mechanicville averages 62 points offensively, give up 56 points defensively and have connected on 118 3-pointers. The Raiders are 6-4 in their last 10, outscoring opponents 64-56 over that span. Josh Germain, Devin Garland, Luciano D’Ambro and Nick Billert all score in the 10 point range and in typical fashion the Raiders placed four players in doubles in their win over Hudson on Tuesday.
A tall order for the Raiders in this one as they face a Watervliet squad that thundered down the stretch. With both squads averaging six triples per game, the team that best defends the arc and gets hot from behind it, gains the upper hand. If the Raiders can do that and take care of the basketball they could pull the upset.