Cambridge Edges Tamarac


Free throws in basketball, while not as sexy as 3-pointers and dunks, more times than not play an important part in determining the game’s outcome.  The foul line, 15 feet from the rim is also known as the charity stripe, implying that free points are handed out here.

On Friday night in Cambridge there were no freebies to be found for Tamarac as the Bengals took ten second half trips to the line and came away empty, in the Indians exciting 39-37 victory.

Cambridge’s Ben Epler scored the first five points of the game on a deuce and a triple, to which Bengals sophomore guard Zachary Rice answered in kind with a long three, followed by a steal and score, knotting things at 5-5 just 2:30 into the first.

Rice connected on another long ball with :45 left in the period for a 8-7 Tamarac lead, but at the buzzer the Indians Brian Hall got a floater to go off a nice spin move giving Cambridge the 9-8 edge.

Two minutes into the second frame. a bucket and one by the Bengals’ Dalton Maxon started a 11-3 Tamarac run, that included a Joey Poulin triple and three points from Rocco DiCarlo, that sent the teams to the halftime break with the Bengals holding a 21-14 advantage.

The third quarter belonged to the Indians and Jeffery Burke.  The junior forward scored 12 points in the period that started with an old fashioned three point play at the 7:00 mark, followed by a runner, a trey from the top, a put back, and a transition bucket with 1:20 remaining off a sweet find from Kaedin Ogilvie and Cambridge closed the frame with a 33-28 cushion.

Early in the fourth Burke drilled an elbow jumper giving the Indians their biggest lead of the night at 36-28, but Tamarac wouldn’t go quietly.

Midway through the period the Bengals used an inside score by Maxon, a Jacob Barbera drive and a Miles Ednie put back to close to within 36-34 at the 3:00 mark.

Down the stretch points were hard to come by for both squads.

With :18 left Brad Rowland converted on 1 of 2 from the line giving the Indians a four point cushion at 38-34.

After a Tamarac timeout Rice buried a triple from the top with :05 remaining, and the Bengals gave the foul sending Roland back to the line with three ticks left.  The senior guard hit the first, missed the second but Tamarac was unable to get a shot off and the Indians walked away with the well-earned “W”.

Just two players reached double figures in scoring on the night with the Bengals’ Rice scoring 11 points pacing Tamarac (1-2, 2-10),  while Burke led all scorers with 16 points to lead Cambridge (2-1, 3-6).

Friday Night Hoops



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

Girls Basketball; Witches, Bengals Notch Wins


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.

Tuesday Night Results


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



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.



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.



Holiday Tournament Action



Hoosick Falls 70  Galway 59

Leading Scorers:  Falls – Jon Kempf 39      Tristan Williams 22       Galway – Carson Scribner 16     Thomas Villano 16

The Panthers built a 43-26 lead by halftime and went on to post the comfortable win over Galway in the Glens Falls Grandstanders Holiday Tournament.  Kempf connected on four 3-pointers and combined with Williams to outscore Galway 61-59.


Cambridge 46  Corinth 36

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Ben Epler 17     Brian Hall 16          Tomahawks – Dillon Dumas 11

In first round action in the Saratoga Catholic Christmas Tournament, Cambridge held the Tomahawks to single digits in each of the first three periods and led 33-20 heading to the final frame.  Hall and Epler combined for 33 points and six triples for the Indians who will meet Bishop Maginn tonight in the championship game.


Bishop Maginn 90  Spa Catholic 69

Leading Scorers:  Maginn –  Ja’Nyve Smith 26      Jayden Williams 17     Q. Green 14     Massiah Gallown 12        Saints – Anthony Barile 17     Ryan McCarroll 15      Jordan Catone 13      Hayden Day 11

Both teams put four players in doubles and while Spa Catholic held a 9-4 advantage in made threes, Maginn scored 37 two-point goals to fuel the victory  in the first round of the Spa Catholic Christmas Tournament.


Mechanicville 76  Cohoes 68

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Josh Germaine 26      Anthony Attalla 19     Devin Garland 17         Tigers – Jon LaSure 14     Ivan Grajac 13     Royal Brown 12      Troy Snyder 11

The Raiders dialed up 13 makes from behind the arc and used a 45-21 advantage over the middle two periods to post the win on the second night of the Stillwater Tournament.


Stillwater 71  Ft. Edward 41

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – Brian McNeil 24      CJ McNeil 18         Ft. Edward – Brody Sullivan 21

The Warriors opened up a 40-22 lead at the break and cruised to the second round “W” in their holiday tourney.


Greenville 64  Tamarac 58

Leading Scorers:  Greenville – Damien Fiducia 21      Joe Nicosia 15     James Mitchell 12       Bengals – Zachary Rice 15     Dalton Maxon 13

The Bengals led 33-30 at the half but Greenville used a 16-9 third period to take the lead and held on for the victory.



Cambridge 65  Hanover (N.H.) 58

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Lily Phillips 23       Sophie Phillips 18      Hanover Maddie McCorkie 15      Willa Parkins 10

The Indians held a slim 40-36 lead at the break but used a 19-10 third to gain some breathing room on their way to the first round “W” in the Amsterdam Holiday Showcase.  The Phillips twins combined for 41 points and six made threes, and Cambridge converted on 14 of 18 from the free throw line in the victory.


Hoosick Falls 59  Mohonasen 56

Leading Scorers:  Falls – Maddy Walker 19      Logan Thayne 18     Sophie Estes 1o      Mohon – Breanna Lott 24      Megan Hart 17

The Panthers put three players in doubles and notched the close win over Mohon in a game that was tight throughout.


Fort Edward 38  Stillwater 28

Leading Scorers:  Ft. Edward – Thomas 11       Warriors – Marley Mueller 22

The Forts held Stillwater to single numbers in three of the four periods and outscored the Warriors 27-18 after the break to post the win in action at the Glens Falls Christmas Tournament.


Shaker 55  Mechanicville 31

Cobleskill 54  Tamarac 53




Boys and Girls Basketball Blazing Five


Here’s a look at the top five individuals and teams from the Wasaren in a few offensive categories.


Standings (Overall)

Mechanicville   5-0

Cambridge    4-0

Greenwich    4-1

Hoosick Falls   3-1

Hoosic Valley   4-3

Spa Catholic    2-3

Berlin/New Leb.  1-2

Stillwater      1-5

Tamarac        1-5


Scoring / Individual Continue reading

Friday Night Hoops



Cambridge 47  Hoosick Falls 39

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sophie Phillips 22 (5 3’s)      Lily Phillips 11       Panthers – Logan Thayne 15

In a close game throughout the Indians defense kept the Panthers in the 30’s while Phillips twins combined for 33 points themselves in notching the “W” in a battle of undefeated squads.


Greenwich 59  Hoosic Valley 47

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 29         Valley – Ashlyn Chartier 13        Sam Lanoue 11

Greenwich led 12-7 after one, and closed with a 15-10 fourth period to get past the Indians in Schaghticoke.  Brophy’s 29 was fueled by four triples, and 7 of 10 from the free throw line.


Tamarac 70  Saratoga Catholic 40 Continue reading

Wednesday Night Hoops



Mechanicville 71  Tamarac 32

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Charlie Goverski 18      Jada Brown 14      Gianna Cavotta 12      AJ Joseph 9           Bengals – Madi Wagner 9

The Raider won every quarter, led 35-19 at the break and put the game away with a 22-2 third period, moving to 4-0 on the year with the “W”.


Greenwich 76  Poultney 11

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 23     Tess Merrill 16

The Witches led 31-2 after the first eight minutes and cruised to the non-league victory over the Blue Devils. Continue reading