With the Section II basketball tournament down to the semifinal round in all the classifications the Wasaren league will be well represented where they live, in classes B and C.
Three boys teams remain with Mechanicville and Hoosick Falls in the class B final four and Waterford in the C’s.
On the girls side Cambridge and Hoosic Valley have semifinal berths in the C classification while Mechanicville plays in a class B semifinal run.
The 11th seeded Fordians of Waterford have dropped #6 Schoharie 57 – 33 and #3 Granville on Saturday, 64 -50. TJ Kelley and Michael Talavera have led the way over the first two rounds averaging 40 points combined .
Waterford will face #7 Fort Plain on Tuesday at the Cool Insuring Arena. Fort Plain owns wins over Stillwater and Berne-Knox coming into the semi’s on Tuesday.
In the B’s #9 Hoosick Falls will face #4 Mechanicville in the semifinal round on Monday night at the Cool Insuring Arena. The Panthers blew out Fonda 74-43 in round one and eliminated the number one seeded Catskill squad in the quarters, 60-58 with Isiah Burnett and Jon Kempf scoring 19 points
#4 Mechanicville has given the Raider faithful their monies worth with a pair of overtime victories over Greenville 66-63 and Broadalbin-Perth 46-45. In the Greenville “W” Devin Garland with 18 points and Anthony Attala with 14 led the way, while in the defensive themed Broadalbin game Tyler Dion led the Raiders with 12 points.
On the girls side, #1 Cambridge put 38 points on the board in the first period, cruising to a 63-30 win over Salem in their only sectional outing. Three players scored doubles and the Indians connected on nine triples with Ruth Nolan bottoming five.
Cambridge faces #5 Berne-Knox on Tuesday in their C semifinal, Knox coming in off a 67-59 win over Warrensburg.
Also in the C’s #6 Hoosic Valley will play in a semifinal run at Colonie taking on #2 Maple Hill.
The Valley has posted wins over Chatham and Duanesburg with Sami Dickinson scoring 20 and 30 points respectively in the two outings, and Emaleigh Peckham knocking back three triples in both games.
Maple Hill has blown out Voorheesville and Mayfield to get here and owns a 58-37 win over Hoosic Valley back in December.
In the B’s #4 Mechanicville comes into their Tuesday night semifinal with #1 Schalmont off a 62-28 victory over Broadalbin Perth and a 62-48 win over Ichabod Crane. The Raiders put four players in doubles in the Broadalbin “W” while Charli Goverski with 24 points and AJ Joseph with 16 led the way in the Crane win.
Schalmont got here with a 57-46 win over Cobleskill, with Payton Graber scoring 25 points including five makes from beyond the arc.
Who moves on to the championship game?
For the girls Cambridge absolutely will advance while Hoosic Valley and Mechanicville will have their work cut out for them.
The Valley lost to Maple Hill back in December, look for the Indians to gain revenge and post the “W”.
Mechanicville faces the #1 seed in Schalmont, but the Raiders have been here before and are the defending Class B champions. I like the Raiders in the upset.
For the boys I think Waterford continues it’s march from their 11th seed, handling their business with Fort Plain.
As for the Hoosick Falls / Mechanicville matchup the saying goes it’s hard to beat the same team three times in a season. Not sure I agree with that thought but that is just what Mechanicville would have to do having defeated the Falls twice this season.
Obviously no secrets between the two squads and both are excellent basketball teams. Depth goes to Mechanicville and that could be the difference here.
So I guess I picked every Wasaren team to advance with the exception in the all Wasaren affair between Mechanicville and Hoosick Falls where I think the Raiders win close. Sure I’m biased, but all five teams have a realistic shot at playing for sectional titles come next weekend.