Class B Opening Round Saturday
#9 Greenwich @ #8 Cobleskill 6 p.m.
Cohoes/Broadalbin winner @ #4 Mechanicville 6 p.m.
#10 Tamarac @ #7 Johnstown 6 p.m.
#14 Hoosick Falls @ #3 Mekeel Christian Academy 6 p.m.
Class C Opening Round Saturday
#10 Stillwater @ #7 Mayfield 6 p.m.
#11 Chatham @ #6 Hoosic Valley 6 p.m.
Quarterfinals Wednesday at Cambridge
Schoharie/Salem winner @ #1 Cambridge 7:30 p.m.
Class D Opening Round Friday
#9 Saratoga Catholic @ #8 Heatly 6 p.m.
Boys Class B Play-in Friday
#17 Schuylerville @ #16 Greenwich 7 p.m.
#18 Tamarac @ #15 Coxsackie-Athens 7 p.m.
Opening Round Feb. 25th
Schuylerville/Greenwich winner @ #1 Catskill 7 p.m.
#13 Greenville @ #4 Mechanicville 7 p.m.
Tamarac/Coxsackie-Athens winner @ #2 Schalmont 7 p.m.
Class C Play-ins Friday
#17 Mayfield @ #16 Hoosic Valley 7 p.m.
#18 Duanesburg @ #15 Saratoga Catholic 7 p.m.
#19 Salem @ #14 Cambridge 7 p.m.
Opening Round Feb. 25th
Mayfield/Hoosic Valley winner @ #1 Voorheesville 7 p.m.
Duanesburg/Spa Catholic winner @ #2 Berne Knox 7 p.m.
#10 Stillwater @ #7 Ft. Plain 7 p.m.
Salem/Cambridge winner @ #3 Granville 7 p.m.
#11 Waterford @ #6 Schoharie 7 p.m.
The Section II basketball tournament opened last night with the Hoosick Falls girls winning a play-in game over Schuylerville in the B classification. In all, nine Wasaren boys teams and eight girls squads will compete in the tournament.
It’s no surprise that the Cambridge girls are the number one seed in Class C and will wait until Wednesday before facing their quarterfinal opponent. At 19-1 the Indians are heavy favorites to defend their sectional title from a year ago.
The Hoosic Valley girls with the sixth seed in the C’s are a dangerous squad who’s at times been up and down this year. The Valley has the potential to play their way into the semi’s.
In Class B, Greenwich draws a tough seed at number nine and while I think they’ll get past #8 Cobleskill, next up would be #1 Schalmont.
The Bengals of Tamarac at #7, I like in an upset over #10 Johnstown in the B’s, while Hoosick Falls will have their hands full at #3 Mekeel Christian.
The Red Raiders of Mechanicville will defend their Class B title from a year ago out of the #4 seed. The Raiders have the talent and experience to make another deep run in this year’s tournament.
In the Class B boys four Wasaren teams will compete with both Greenwich and Tamarac stepping on the floor for play-in games tonight where I look for both league teams to advance.
I have to wonder how Hoosick Falls at 17-3 draws the #9 seed, but that’s where the Panthers will play from. They’ll drop Fonda in round one and don’t surprised if they do the same to top-seeded Catskill in the quarters.
Mechanicville with the four seed is poised for a deep run in the B’s. With just one defeat on the year the Raiders can play with anyone, and will have a legitimate shot at winning it all in the loaded Class B field.
Five boys squads will play in the C’s with Cambridge, Hoosic Valley and Spa Catholic all needing to play their way into the opening round. All three will host play-in runs tonight and I look for all three to advance.
Stillwater really played well over the second half of the year and that’s why I like the Warriors at #10 to get past #7 Ft. Plain.
Waterford at #11 sports a 14-6 record and they look like a dark horse in the C’s. With a pair of explosive scorers in their lineup, the Fordians will be a tough out with the potential to show up in the final four.