Boys Basketball; Panthers Top Fordians

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Hoosick Falls 76  Waterford 57

Leading Scorers:  Panthers – Jon Kempf 24      Tristan Williams 22      Max Kipp 12     Fordians – Michael Talavera 27

The Falls held a 34-18 advantage at the half with Williams scoring 18 points to lead the way. After the break Kempf took charge hitting for 22 of his 24 points in the Panthers 55th straight Wasaren victory.

 

Spa Catholic 83  Greenwich 65

Leading Scorers:  Saints –  Anthony Barile 32      Robbie Bolen 20      Jordan Catone 19  Witches – Alex Curtis 20

A 25-9 first frame by the Saints set the tone as Spa Catholic played with a working margin throughout, in posting the “W” over Greenwich.  The Saints bottomed 13 triples in the game with the high-scoring Barile connecting on six.

 

Stillwater 47  Cambridge 42

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – CJ McNeil 15     James Galarneau 11         Indians – Jeffrey Burke 13      Soyer Matteson 12

The Warriors built a 37-26 lead after three periods and held off the Indians for the victory.  Stillwater enjoyed a big advantage at the free throw line converting on 13 of 24 chances while Cambridge was just I of 2 from the stripe.

Mechanicville Rolls Past Indians

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After a competitive first half of play Tuesday night in Mechanicville the homestanding Red Raiders put together a dominant third period on both sides of the ball, outscoring Hoosic Valley 26-8 in the frame, and cruised from there to the 65-37 victory.

The Raiders held a 14-8 advantage after one, with senior guard Tyler Dion netting eight points to lead Mechanicville.

The two squads played evenly throughout much of the second quarter that saw the Indians Ethan Caiazza working the offensive glass to score six in the frame, while Josh Germain with five points and sophomore Tyler Eiseman with four points led the Raiders who took a 28-21 lead into the break.

The Valley started the third, finding freshman Logan Reilly on a backside lob, but the Indians would score just three points over the next 4:30 as Mechanicville took control.

Dion started things with a nice move in the paint, followed by a pair of dribble-drives from Germain that gave the Raiders their first double digit lead at 34-23.

After a Nick Santiago triple stemmed the tide briefly for Hoosic Valley, the Raiders Anthony Attala connected on two free throws, Luciano D’Ambro scored inside, and Dion followed with a deuce off a nice find from Devin Garland expanding the Mechanicville lead to 40-26.

An Attala score off an in-bounds play at the 3:30 mark finished a Raider run of 16-5 to start the period, and after three Valley free throws Mechanicville closed the stanza with 10 unanswered, the final points off a transition bucket by Garland on a good look from Kyle Johnson who had freed himself with a wrap-around dribble before dishing to his teammate.

In the fourth both squads went deep into their bench with the reserves getting plenty of run to close things out.

Caiazza with 11 points led the Hoosic Valley on the night as the Indians with the loss  slips to 4-4 on the year.

Dion with 16  points and Germain with 10 led the Raiders who improve to 9-1 on the season.

 

 

Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week

73_greenwichCongratulations to Greenwich boys basketball player Jesse Kuzmich on being named Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

On Tuesday night at Hoosick Falls the sophomore guard poured in 30 points, including four 3-pointers in the Witches 78-61 loss to the Panthers.

Kuzmich followed that up at home on Friday night versus Mechanicville, with a 33 point effort, bottoming five from beyond the arc.

Congratulations to Jesse, our newest Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

The Impact of the 3-Ball

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At halftime of the JV game Friday night in Hoosic Valley I walked over to the scorer’s table to see a friend and former teammate from back in the day at the Valley.  The first thing John said to me was., “Has this game changed much or what?”.  And I knew exactly what he meant.

We’d just watched a half of basketball where both teams time and again pulled up from three point land, and this was a JV game.

When we played in the late 70’s there was no three point line and the importance of taking a quality shot was stressed.  Take one bad shot and you heard about, take another and you were coming out of the game. Not saying it was right or wrong, just saying that’s the way it was.

But since the addition of the three point line back in 1988, an open look from beyond the arc has become a good look for many.  Sure, it depends on time, and score, and who’s letting it go, but the analytics say it’s something all teams should embrace, and most have, over the course of two decades of playing with the arc.

I crunched some numbers over the weekend looking at the top five girls and boys teams in both the Wasaren and Section II, regarding made three pointers .  After finding what each of the teams averaged in scoring, I set up three categories for each team looking at made threes per game, the percentage of a teams total points scored on threes, and the teams won/loss record.

Girls – Wasaren

Team                            Made threes/game           % of total points from 3’s                record

Cambridge                             8.7                                           39%                                     9-0

Stillwater                               3.5                                           26%                                     3-8

Hoosic Valley                        3.5                                            23%                                     6-4

Greenwich                             3.1                                            16%                                    8-2

Mechanicville                        3.1                                            16%                                    7-3

Section II

Shenendahowa                     9.3                                             35%                                   9-0

Cambridge                             8.7                                             39%                                   9-0

Guilderland                           6.8                                             36%                                   3-8

Mekeel Christian                   7.3                                             37%                                    9-1

Mayfield                                5.9                                             36%                                  5-6

 

Boys

Hoosic Valley                         8.1                                             42%                                   4-3

Spa Catholic                           7.8                                             36%                                   5-4

Greenwich                              7.3                                             41%                                   4-4

Tamarac                                 4.6                                              26%                                   1-9

Hoosick Falls                          4.5                                             13.5%                                 9-1

 

Section II

Argyle                                     11.6                                           44%                                   10-1

Niskayuna                               9.0                                             51%                                    7-3

Schoharie                                8.8                                             41%                                    6-4

Fonda                                      9.6                                              48%                                   8-1

Ballston Spa                            8.8                                              46%                                    3-6

What stands out to me is the percentage of total points scored on three point shots for the top five teams in Section II.

All of the girls teams are scoring between 35-39% of their total points on triples with Cambridge leading the pack at 39%.

The top five boys squads in the section rely even more so on the long ball with a range of 41-51% of their points coming from beyond the arc.  Those percentages are higher than I would have guessed.

In terms of won-loss records, while you can find an outlier in each category, 15 of the 20 teams listed have winning records.

While everyone knows you can make numbers say almost anything you’d like, we all realize that the three-pointer and the ability to shoot it well, and limit it defensively, is a huge part of today’s high school game.

I personally like the 3-ball when used effectively, just like any other strategy in basketball. It adds excitement to the game and would have been fun to have played with back in the day.

But exciting or not, miss a couple of off balance shots from beyond the arc, and that scorer’s horn is for me, as I go and sit next to Coach Wilsey and am reminded, in no uncertain terms, what a quality shot is supposed to look like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blazing Five

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A look at the top five players and teams in selected offensive categories.

Girls

 

Standings

Cambridge              9-0

Greenwich              8-2

Mechanicville          7-3

Hoosic Valley          6-4

Hoosick Falls           4-4

Spa Catholic            3-6

Tamarac                  3-7

Stillwater                 3-8

Berlin/New Leb        1-7

 

Individual Scoring

Logan Thayne        Hoosick Falls         22.9

Molly Brophy          Greenwich            20.7

Sophie Phillips       Cambridge            19.7

Marley Mueller       Stillwater              19.0

Lilly Phillips             Cambridge            15.9

 

Team Scoring

Cambridge        66.6

Greenwich       59.0

Mechanicville    57.1

Tamarac            50.7

Hoosick Falls     46.0

 

Made Threes – Individual

Sophie Phillips          Cambridge          33

Lilly Phillips                Cambridge          18

Molly Sheehan           Stillwater            16

Nora Niesz                  Greenwich          14

Emaleigh Peckham      Hoosic Valley     14

 

Made Threes – Team

Cambridge          78

Stillwater             38

Hoosic Valley      35

Greenwich           31

Mechanicville      31

 

Boys

Standings

Hoosick Falls             9-1

Mechanicville             8-1

Waterford                  8-1

Spa Catholic               5-4

Hoosic Valley             4-3

Greenwich                 4-4

Stillwater                   4-7

Cambridge                 2-5

Berlin/New Leb          2-6

Tamarac                    1-9

 

Individual Scoring

Jon Kempf                 Hoosick Falls        31.5

Michael Talavera        Waterford             23.6

Jesse Kuzmich           Greenwich            21.4

TJ Kelley                    Waterford             17.9

Logan Reilly               Hoosic Valley        17.6

 

Team Scoring

Hoosick Falls            69.6

Waterford                 68.1

Spa Catholic              65.6

Hoosic Valley            58.3

Stillwater                  56.9

 

 

Made Threes – Individual

CJ Bassett             Hoosic Valley           25

Jordan Catone       Waterford                25

Jon Kempf              Hoosick Falls           23

Zachary Rice          Tamarac                   23

Ben Epler               Cambridge               19

 

Made Threes – Team

Spa Catholic               70

Greenwich                  58

Hoosic Valley              57

Tamarac                      46

Hoosick Falls               45

 

Friday Night Hoops

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Girls

Hoosic Valley 48  Hoosick Falls 40

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sam Lanoue 13      Ashlyn Chartier 12         Panthers – Logan Thayne 24      Maddie Walker 11

The Valley held a 29-16 lead at the half and rode that cushion after the break to the victory.  The Indians held the Falls to single numbers in the first and second periods and allowed just three Panthers to score on the night.

 

Mechanicville 59  Greenwich 37 Continue reading

Hoosick Falls Defeats the Valley

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While the three point shot has forever changed the game of basketball offensively, something tried and true still remains on the other end of the floor.  Good man-to-man defense wins.

The Hoosick Falls Panthers, and their ability to guard has been a cornerstone of their long run of success and it was on full display Friday night in Schaghticoke where they posted a 62-43 “W” over the Indians of Hoosic Valley.

That being said, both squads fully embrace every opportunity to pull from deep and the Panthers did just that to start thigs, opening the game with back-to-back triples from Jon Kempf and Dimitri Rose.

Kempf added a baseline jumper at the 4:25 mark giving the Falls an 8-0 start, before the Indians broke the ice on the next possession, with a corner three by Matt Rowe.

At the 2:00 mark of the period, Rose rang the bell again from deep giving the Falls a 13-3 lead, and on the next trip Kempf scored an old fashioned three point play on a bucket and one, before the Valley’s Logan Reilly finished the frame with, that’s right, a triple from the corner.

The Panthers 6’5″ center Tristan Williams opened the second period, hitting bottom from deep and Rose connected again from downtown, part of a Panther run that ballooned the advantage to 28-8 with 2:00 left in the quarter.

But the Indians finished the frame with an 8-2 spurt, fueled by 3-pointers from Reilly and Nolan Rafferty, closing the deficit to 30-16 at the half.

When Hoosic Valley’s CJ Bassett opened the third period with a long triple, the Valley faithful came alive anticipating their Indians could climb back into this one.

That feeling was short-lived.

Max Kipp immediately answered from downtown, starting a 12-0 Panthers run that gave the visitors complete control.

And while the Falls offense continued to roll, defensively them kept the Valley off the board, after the opening three by Bassett, until the 3:30 mark of the period when Reilly converted a pair of free throws.

Hoosick Falls ended the quarter with a 53-25 advantage and the while the Indians outscored the Panthers 18-9 in the final frame with Reilly knocking back three deep balls, the Falls closed things out for their 9th victory in ten outings.

On the night Kempf led all scorers with 26 points, with Rose adding 13 points and Kipp 10 to lead the Panthers.

Reilly with 17 points led Hoosic Valley who with the loss go to 4-3 on the season.

 

 

 

 

Girls Basketball; Witches, Bengals Notch Wins

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Greenwich 53  Hoosick Falls 50

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 20      Tess Merrill 11      Adrianna Rojas 11      Falls – Logan Thayne 15      Marley McLellan 14       Maddie Walker 13

The Panthers held a 33-20 lead at the break, but Greenwich stormed back over the final two frames to post the come-from-behind victory in Greenwich Wednesday night. Nearly half of the Witches points came from the charity stripe where Greenwich converted on 23 of 35 attempts, while the Falls made just seven trips to the line connecting six times.

 

Tamarac 71  Stillwater 36

Leading Scorers:  Bengals – Syrita Faraj 14       Sidney Phillips 14       Gabriella Cellucci 13    Warriors – Marley Mueller 12

Tamarac led 32-15 at halftime and used a 24-4 third period close the door and post the “W” over the Warriors.