It was a tough Tuesday night for Wasaren boys teams playing in the Section II basketball tournament. Eight league squads took the floor, with seven teams playing on the road. At night’s end, six teams were eliminated with only Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville able to post wins and advance.
Mechanicville 69 Hudson 66
Leading Scorers: Red Raiders – Josh Germaine 18 Devin Garland 16 Anthony Attala 12 Luciano D’Ambro 12 Blue Hawks – Dayquan Griffin 32 Lavon Fernandez 15
Key Stat: The Raiders started fast and held a 23-12 advantage after one, and led 40-29 at the break. But Hudson used a 24-13 third period to knot things at 53 all entering the final eight minutes where the Raiders closed things out. Mechanicville bottomed six triples and converted on 7 of 8 from the free throw line in the game and with the win advance to play Watervliet, 101-50 winners over Bishop Gibbons, on Friday. Continue reading
With the Wasaren girls basketball teams fresh off a Saturday where they won six of seven sectional contests, eight boys squads from the league take the floor Tuesday night in the Section II tournament’s Round of 16 for the B and C classifications.
But unlike the girls who played all but one of the games on their respective home courts, the boys schedule offers a reversal of fortune with seven of the eight Wasaren teams playing on the road.
While playing at home is a nice advantage in the second season, it’s the action on the floor, not the noise from the stands that determine outcomes and with that, here’s why almost all of the Wasaren schools can walk into their opponents venue and post a “W”. Continue reading
The Section II tournament will have no shortage of Wasaren teams this year as eight girls squads and nine boys teams will enter second season action, that for some begins tonight.
The strength of the Wasaren girls was rewarded as the top two seeds in both Class C and Class B went to conference teams with #1 Cambridge and #2 Hoosic Valley locking it down in the C’s and #1 Tamarac and #2 Mechanicville in the B’s.
Hoosick Falls is the #2 seed in Class C while all other Wasaren boys were given seeds #9 or above meaning opening round road games for all but the Panthers. Continue reading
On the day that sectional bids came out the Waterford boys and Hoosick Falls girls squeezed in one more game before entering the Section II tournament.
Waterford 68 Hawthorne Valley 44
Leading Scorers: Fordians – Bobby Valigorski 17 Michael Talavera 14 Mike Castracani 11 HV – Chris Davis 26
Key Stat: The Fordians blew things wide open with a 31 point third period, and cruised to the non-league “W” on Senior Night in Waterford.
Lake George 58 Hoosick Falls 53 OT
Leading Scorers: Warriors – Graceann Bennett 36 Panthers Logan Thayne 23 Lillian Hickey 11
Key Stat: The Panthers won each of the first three quarters, but a 17-7 fourth period by the Warriors forced overtime where Bennett scored all seven Lake George points leading the Warriors to the win.
Monday night in Mechanicville the Wasaren League crowned it boys and girls basketball champions with the gentlemen from Hoosick Falls and the ladies of Cambridge earning titles. The present format has only been in play for a couple years after the realignment of the league and it provides for a special night of basketball which everyone in attendance enjoyed on Monday. Continue reading
The Wasaren basketball championships played out Monday in Mechanicville and both the boys and girls contests gave the packed house it’s monies worth with each game being decided late. At night’s end Hoosick Falls came away with a 55-52 decision over Waterford in the boys title run and the Cambridge girls held off Tamarac and posted the 56-48 “W” in the nightcap. Continue reading
HERE IS THE LINK TOTHE ARCHIVED CALL OF BOTH WASAREN CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES FROM MINDAY NIGHT IN MECHANICVILLE.
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE LIVE CALL TONIGHT’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES IN THE WASAREN STARTING WITH THE HOOSICK FALLS / WATERFORD BOYS GAME AT 6 P.M. FOLLOWED BY THE TAMARAC / CAMBRIDGE GIRLS AT 7:30.
Only two games played out in the Wasaren on an icy Wednesday night, as Tamarac and Waterford came away with victories, and with their “W” the Fordians clinch first place in the Battenkill Division.
Waterford 65 Spa Catholic 50
Leading Scorers: Fordians – Bobby Valigorski 16 Michael Talavera 16 Evan Fairclough 13 TJ Kelley 12 Saints – Ryan McCarroll 19 Nick Condry 13
Key Stat: Waterford built a 19-9 lead after one and didn’t give it back, riding that cushion and four players in double figures to the victory, that puts the Fordians in Monday night’s championship game in Mechanicville where they’ll face the Panthers of Hoosick Falls.
Tamarac 78 Mechanicville 67
Leading Scorers: Bengals – Anthony Ciampolillo 30 Frank Zotto 23 Bo Catherwood 10 Red Raiders – Luciano D’Ambro 17 Nick Billert 16
Key Stat: In a close game throughout the Bengals used a 22-14 final frame to earn the road victory over the Raiders.
A look at the Wasaren standings and the top five teams and individuals in selected categories.
Hoosick Falls 11-0, 15-1
Tamarac 8-4, 12-6
Mechanicville 8-4, 10-6
Stillwater 7-5, 8-9
Greenwich 6-6, 11-7
Waterford 6-6, 10-6
Hoosic Valley 6-6, 8-10
Cambridge 4-7, 6-11
Spa Catholic 3-9, 6-12
Berlin 0-10, 1-12
Hoosick Falls 62.3
Jon Kempf Hoosick Falls 19.4
Tristan Williams Hoosick Falls 18.1
Bobby Valigorski Waterford 17.9
John Walsh Greenwich 17.1
Michael Talavera Waterford 14.5
Hoosick Falls 45.2
Hoosic Valley 46.9
Made Threes – Individual
Jordan Catone Spa Catholic 44
Josh Germaine Mechanicville 38
John Walsh Greenwich 38
CJ Bassett Hoosic Valley 32
Devin Garland Mechanicville 27
Made Threes – Team
Spa Catholic 113
Hoosic Valley 88