Red Raiders Turn Back Spa Catholic

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It was Senior Recognition Night in Mechanicville on Tuesday, and after a nice pregame ceremony where nearly 20 senior cheerleaders and boys and girls basketball players were showered with applause as they took a walk to mid-court with their families, it was time to run.

In four quarters of up tempo basketball, Mechanicville held a comfortable lead for much of it, then needed to hold off a late Spa Catholic spurt to post an 89-81 victory over the Saints.

The two squads put on an offensive show over the first eight minutes that opened with the Saints Jordan Catone and Mechanicville’s Josh Germain trading triples setting the stage for a competitive period with plenty of points.

Germain followed his long ball with a transition bucket and a pair free throws giving Mechanicville the early 7-3 lead.

Midway through the period Spa’s Robbie Bolen buried a trey, that the Raiders Anthony Attala quickly answered with a corner triple and a 14-10 advantage for the Raider.

At the 3:50 mark Bolen connected on his second long ball of the period followed by four points from the Saints Hayden Day, giving Spa Catholic a 19-16 lead with 2:50 remaining.

But the Raiders closed the quarter on a 10-3 run highlighted by a threes from Attala and Germain, and finished the frame with a screen and roll bucket, Devin Garland finding Tyler Dion to give Mechanicville the 26-22 cushion.

In the second period the Raider offense continued to roll with six different players scoring in the quarter.

Sophomore Tyler Eiseman dropped six points in the opening three minutes, his third bucket coming off a sweet behind the back find from Attala giving Mechanicville a 35-26 lead at the 5:10 mark.

Buckets by Dion, Attala and Luciano D’Ambro, followed by a triple from the Raiders Sean Fitzgerald gave Mechanicville control at 44-30 with 3:10 left and the home squad maintained that margin taking a 52-37 advantage into the break.

In the third the Raiders extended their lead with a mixture of transition buckets and knock down 3-pointers with five players scoring in the period led by Germain’s nine and Mechanicville took a 78-56 spread into the fourth.

Midway through the final period Germain was fouled as he drilled a fadeaway jumper and after converting the free throw Mechanicville maintained their 20 point advantage at 86-66 with 4:30 remaining.

Over the next four minutes the Raiders offense went dry while the Saints suddenly caught fire, going on a 15-2 run, fueled by a pair of triples from both Catone and Aiden Lambert, trimming the Raider cushion to 88-81 with :40 left.

But that was as close as the visitors would get, as Mechanicville closed out the final seconds to post the “W” and move to 5-0 in league play.

Hayden Day with 26 points led the Saints attack, on this night, with Catone scoring 18  and Ryan McCarroll adding 14 for the Spa Catholic squad who slip to 1-4 in Wasaren play.

Germain finished with a game-high 32 points to lead Mechanicville with Attala and Dion adding 17 and 15 points respectively.

 

 

A Look Around The League

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After a Regents week where the basketball schedule was a bit lighter for most Wasaren schools, it’s back to a full slate for the upcoming week as teams enter the stretch run of the regular season.

On the girls side of things Cambridge (4-0), Mechanicville (3-0), Greenwich (3-1) and Hoosic Valley (2-2) make up the top half of the league standings.  With only one matchup between Wasaren teams counting towards the standings this year the girls will just play eight league contests.

The Indians of Cambridge at 14-0 overall continue to cruise.  Last night they put together a 45 point first quarter in their win over Berne Knox.  Incredible numbers that included eight triples in the period, and Knox, while not playing the stiffest competition this season, came in with a 10-1 mark.

On the defensive side of the ball, how about Mechanicville holding the Falls to 12 total points in the Raiders 48-12 victory Wednesday night.

Congrats to Mechanicville senior guard Charli Goverski on scoring her 1000th career point in a Tuesday night game against Cobleskill.

The Hoosic Valley girls are on a bit of a roller coaster ride lately.  In their last four league outings they had a nice win over Hoosick Falls, played well in a three point loss to Mechnaicville, then dropped a two-point decision to Spa Catholic, and on Friday night needed a big fourth quarter to post a come-from-behind win over Stillwater.

Greenwich, who’s only league loss came against Mechanicville, will face a big test this Friday night when they travel to Cambridge to take on the Indians.  The two squads met earlier in the year with Cambridge notching a 76-40 victory.

In the boys race Mechanicville (4-0), Stillwater (4-0), Hoosick Falls (3-1), Cambridge (3-1), and Waterford (2-2) make up the top five.

As always a part of those records come down to who have you played and the Red Raiders have just come off games against Hoosick Falls and Waterford with a pair of “W’s”. They’ll face Spa Catholic Tuesday night and will host Stillwater on Thursday.

Stillwater showed their defensive prowess Friday night in holding the Valley to 29 points. The Warriors at 4-0 will be tested this week with games against the Falls and Mechanicville.

Hoosick Falls bounced back after falling to the Raiders last Friday, with a comfortable win over Spa Catholic two nights ago, putting 81 points on the board with just four players hitting the scoring column.

Cambridge has played well of late and will entertain Waterford Tuesday night in what should be an interesting match up.

The Fordians with league losses to front runners Mechanicville and Hoosick Falls are a tough group that can score points in bunches on most nights.

Speaking of scoring, how about the highest scoring tandems in the Wasaren?

For boys teams it would be the Falls duo of Jon Kempf (29.8) and Tristan Williams (16.5) followed by Waterford’s Michael Talavera (23.9) and CJ Kelley (17.3).  The Witches Jesse Kuzmich (19.5) and Alex Curtis (12.7) round out the top three.

Looking for depth of scoring?

The Saints of Saratoga Catholic have five players averaging doubles.  Jordan Catone (14.1), Robbie Bolen (13.6), Anthony Barile (13.5), Ryan McCarroll (10.9), and Hayden Day (10.6) will test opponents every night at the defensive end.

As for girls scoring tandems the Phillips twins lead the way with Sophie scoring 19.0 points nightly and Lilly adding 15.2. followed by Greenwich’s Molly Brophy (21.0), and Adrianna Rojas (12.0), and the Stillwater tandem of Marley Mueller (16.7), and Molly Sheehan (10.3).

Depth of scoring is something the top two girls teams have in common.

Cambridge along with Sophie (19.0) and Lilly (15.2) adds Fiona Mooney at (9.8) and Stasia Epler at (9.5) rounding out a quartet that can put points on the board in a hurry.

Mechanicville’s deep scoring attack boasts Charli Goverski (16.1), Amy DiSiena (7.3), Jada Brown (7.3), Chloe Goverski (6.6) and AJ Joseph (6.5).

So there’s a quick look at a few things on the basketball landscape in the league with a reminder we’ll have three broadcasts this week on Wasaren Sportsnet leading off with Spa Catholic at Mechanicville in a boys run on Tuesday night.

 

 

 

Friday Night Hoops

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Girls

Greenwich 65   Tamarac 43

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 19        Adrianna Rojas 18        Tess Merrill 14    Bengals – Sarita Faraj 13        Jordyn Sorel 12

A 29-4 first period gave the Witches all the cushion they would need as Greenwich cruised to the one-sided decision over the Bengals.

 

Hoosick Falls 56   Spa Catholic 32

Leading Scorers:  Falls – Logan Thayne 32          Saints – Ashley Upson 9

Hoosick Falls outscored the Saints 28-7 over the middle two frames paving the way to the easy “W” over Spa Catholic.  Thayne’s 32 point effort including three hits from beyond the arc.

 

Hoosic Valley 49  Stillwater 42

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sami Dickinson 21         Sam Lanoue 15 (5, 3’s)       Warriors – Marley Mueller 21        Molly Sheehan 15 (5, 3’s)

Stillwater held a 31-26 advantage heading into the final period but the Indians responded with a 23-11 fourth quarter to notch the come-from-behind victory over the Warriors.  Just three players scored for Stillwater in the game, with the Valley saw just four players tally points.

 

Cambridge forfeit win over Berlin/New Lebanon

 

Boys

Cambridge 64  Berlin/New Lebanon 30

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Jeffrey Burke 11         Nick Murphy 10         Brian Hall 10    Mountaineers – Dan Rouffe 6

Cambridge held the Mountaineers to single digits in each of the first three quarters in posting the easy road victory over Berlin/New Lebanon, improving to 3-1 in the Wasaren.

 

Hoosick Falls 81  Spa Catholic 58

Leading Scorers:  Falls – Jon Kempf  36        Tristan Williams 28         Dmitri Rose 10      Saints – Jordan Catone 19 (5,3’s)      Robbie Bolen 15 (5,3’s)        Ryan McCarroll 11

The Saints held a slim 20-18 lead after one, but the Panthers caught and passed their hosts in the second frame taking a 42-34 lead into the break.  A 19-6 third period gave the Falls complete control and the visitors closed things out for the road win in Saratoga.

The Saints ( 2-3, 7-6), drilled 13 3-pointers in the loss, while the Panthers (3-1, 11-2), put 81 points on the board with only four players reaching the scoring column.

 

Stillwater 45   Hoosic Valley 29

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – Brian McNeil 16       CJ McNeil 11            Valley – Ethan Caiazza 8        Tyler Eddy 8

The Warriors hold the Valley under 30, allowing just eight points combined in the second and third periods as Stillwater with the win moves to 4-0 in league play.

 

Greenwich 54  Tamarac 51

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Jesse Kuzmich 22       Christian O’Brien 12          Bengals – Zachary Rice 18       Tristan Nemjo 12

The Witches needed a 15-8 fourth period to post the come-from-behind “W” over the Bengals.  The Witches held a 9-2 advantage from behind the arc in the road win.

 

Mechanicville 71  Waterford 56

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Josh Germain 20       Tyler Dion 14        Luciano D’Ambro 12         Devin Garland 12           Fordians – CJ Kelley 12           Dom Pontore 12

The Raiders trailed 15-13 after one but outscored Waterford 41-21 over the middle two periods and closed things out to run their mark to 4-0, 11-1 on the year.

MLK Day Basketball Roundup

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Girls

Hoosic Valley 53   South Glens Falls 35

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sami Dickinson 16         Mackenzie Searles 12        Sam Lanoue 10         SGF – Sydney Hart 16

The Valley held South High to single numbers in each of the first two periods, running out to a 27-11 halftime lead, and the Indians rode that cushion to the non-league road “W”.

 

Saratoga Catholic 38  Corinth 31

Leading Scorers:  Saints – Katie Cronin 9      Megan Cornell 9           Tomahawks – Alexa Abbatantuono 13        Maddie DeLisle 10

The Saints played from the lead the entire game and Cronin’s five points in the final frame helped to close out the victory for Spa Catholic.

 

Boys

Waterford 87    Ft. Edward 38

Leading Scorers:  Fordians – Michael Talavera 29      TJ Kelley 22        Jake Houle 11        Gavin Bodah 10            Forts – Will Denton 9

The Fordians hung 32 points on the board in the first and cruised to the non-league win, placing four players in doubles and ringing the bell 11 times from beyond the arc.

Friday Night Hoops; Raiders Stop Panthers

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Boys

Mechanicville 60  Hoosick Falls 51

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Josh Germain 21      Tyler Dion 14      Devin Garland 12     Panthers – Jon Kempf 12      Isiah Burnett 10      Max Kipp 10      Tristan Williams 16

In a game that was tied 32-32 at the break, Mechanicville held the Falls to 19 points over the final two frames to earn the road “W”, snapping the Panthers 56-game winning streak in Wasaren competition.  Germain connected six times from beyond the arc, where the Raiders held an 8-3 advantage in made threes over the Falls.  The high-scoring Kempf was limited to just one field goal in the game by the Raiders defense.

 

Stillwater 68  Greenwich 50

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – Brian McNeil 22      Grant Baker 13      Josh Luca 12      Isaac Cutler 11        Witches – Alex Curtis 11

The Warriors out scored their hosts 39-24 after the break, and put four players in doubles, moving to 3-0 in league play with the win.

 

Hoosic Valley 71  Spa Catholic 67

Leading Scorers:  Indians –  Gavin Giordano 15      Nolan Rafferty 15      CJ Bassett 12    Saints – Anthony Barile 20       Jordan Catone 16      Hayden Day 16

Trailing by a point with :49 remaining Bassett drilled a go-ahead triple giving the Indians a one-point lead and the Valley hung on down the stretch, to post the home victory over the Saints.

 

Girls

Greenwich 56  Stillwater 34

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 17       Nora Niesz 16        Warriors – Molly Sheehan 16      Marley Mueller 10

The Witches broke open a close game with a 20-9 third period and went on the notch the road “W” over Stillwater.

 

Spa Catholic 42  Hoosic Valley 40

Leading Scorers:  Saints – Ashley Upson 11        Dempsey 11      Molly O’Reilly 10     Valley – Sami Dickinson 15

After scoring just eight points in the first half and trailing 21-8 at the break the Saints stormed back with a 34 point second half, earning to come-from-behind victory over the Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girls Basketball Roundup; Indians, Witches Cruise

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Cambridge 52  Stillwater 27

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Lilly Phillips 15      Stasia Epler 12      Sophie Phillips 10         Warriors – Molly Sheehan 6      Brooke Pickett 6      Trinity Cutler 6

The Indians jumped out to a 27-5 lead after the first period, and coasted to their 10th win in as many outings. Cambridge drilled six triples, and defensively shut down the Warriors holding their guests to single digits in every quarter.

 

Greenwich 70  Spa Catholic 22

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 19      Adrianna Rojas 17      Tess Merrill 10     Saints – Katie Cronin 5

Greenwich (9-2), held the Saints to single numbers in three of the four frames, and put nine players in the scoring column in posting the one-sided decision over Spa Catholic.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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Tuesday Night Results

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Hoosick Falls 78  Greenwich 61

Leading Scorers:  Falls – Jon Kempf 29       Tristan Williams 18       Dimitri Rose 13       Max Kipp 12          Witches – Jesse Kuzmich 30      Sam Howard 12       Christian O’Brien 11

In a game close throughout, the Panthers led by four midway through the fourth, but closed things out with a 17-4 run to notch the home victory.

 

Spa Catholic 89  Berlin/New Lebanon 30

Leading Scorers:  Saints – Hayden Day 21      Jordan Catone 15      Anthony Barile 13     Robbie Bolen 10         Mountaineers – Brandon Rifenburg 7

The Saints held Berlin/New Lebanon to single numbers in each of the final three frames in posting the one-sided “W” over the Mountaineers.

 

Waterford 62  Hoosic Valley 49

Leading Scorers:  Fordians –  Michael Talavera 17      TJ Kelley 17      Jake Houle 10   Indians – CJ Bassett 15      Logan Reilly 13

The Valley held a 28-27 lead at the half but the Fordians outscored their hosts 35-21 over the final two periods to capture the road win.

 

Stillwater 61  Tamarac 44

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – James Galarneau 20     Josh Luca 15       Bengals – Zachary Rice 13

Stillwater built a 40-20 first half advantage and coasted through the final two quarters to the home victory.

Holiday Basketball Results

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Boys

Saratoga Catholic 64  Corinth 41

Leading Scorers:  Saints – Hayden Day 12      Anthony Barile 10      Robbie Bolen 10      Jordan Catone 10       Tomahawks – Watkins 12

The Saints placed four players in doubles and used a 25-2 second period to take control, on their way to posting the victory in the consolation game of the Spa Catholic Christmas Tournament.

 

Greenwich 64  Johnstown 56

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Jesse Kuzmich 22      Adam Newell 15      Luke Pemrick 10   Alex Curtis 10           Sir Bills – Jay Hoyt 23          Keegan Feinaur 10       Abe Miller 10

The Witches used balanced scoring, four players in doubles, and a 32-19 advantage over the middle two quarters, to notch the win in the Fonda-Fultonville Holiday Classic.

 

Glens Falls 61  Hoosick Falls 52

Leading Scorers:  Glens Falls – Noah Girard 24        David Barclay 18           Panthers – Jon Kempf 23      Tristan Williams 13        Max Kipp 11

The Panthers held a 15-9 lead after the first period, but Glens Falls outscored their guests 39-21 over the next two frames to gain control and earn the win in the Glens Falls Grandstanders Holiday Tournament title game.

 

Hoosic Valley 63  Lee 50

Leading Scorers:  Indians – CJ Bassett 18      Logan Reilly 15      Tyler Eddy 11      Matt Rowe 10         Lee – Collin O’Brien 18

The Valley ran out to a 33-19 halftime advantage and rode that cushion to the “W” in first round action at the Maple Hill Holiday Tournament.  The Indians drilled nine 3-pointers and four players reached double figures in the win.

 

Tamarac 57  Cairo-Durham 26

Leading Scorers:  Bengals – Zachary Rice 17           Cairo-Durham – Ethan Handel 13

The Bengals held Cairo-Durham to single numbers in three of the four periods in posting their first win of the season.

 

Girls

Hoosic Valley 53  Watervliet 32

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sami Dickinson 23      Ashlyn Chartier 11      Emaleigh Peckham 9         Cannoneers – Morgan Tambolleo 13

The Valley held Watervliet to 19 points through three periods and posted the comfortable win over the Cannoneers.

 

Stillwater 51  Lake George 44

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – Marley Mueller 18       Molly Sheehan 15           LG – Ava Pushor 25      Mikayla Duffy 12

Trailing 14-2 after the first quarter, the Warriors outscored Lake George in each of the final three frames to post the come-from-behind victory in the Glens Fall Holiday Tournament.

 

Niskayuna 84  Mechanicville 41

Leading Scorers:  Nisky – Emma Souky 24      Olivia Olsen 23      Ivian Owens 10      Red Raiders – Charli Goverski 11        Lyndsey Robens 10

Niskayuna ran out to a 44-13 halftime lead and coasted to the victory over the Raiders.

 

Mekeel Christian 61  Hoosick Falls 32

Leading Scorers:  MC – M. Mitchell 22      Avery Mills 16       Panthers – Logan Thayne 19

With the game tied 15-15 after the first eight minutes, Mekeel held the Falls to single digits in each of the final three periods to post the convincing win over the Panthers.