LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- The Schalmont Sabres made a run at the Hoosick Falls Central School late in a quarterfinal matchup in the Section II Class B tournament, but the Panthers stayed resilient as they have all season to take home a 56-48 win that sends them to the semifinals.
"We had to take a little pressure there at the end," coach Mike Lilac said. "With 2:30 left, Andrew Hoag fouled out. The other kids stepped up well. We hit enough free throws down the stretch and hung on."
Will Bradley led the way with 12 points for the Panthers, but the team had a very even distribution of points as Mark Hackett and Levi Brewster each added 11 while Connor McCart, playing in his first game of the 2013-2014 season, scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
"Twice in the last couple minutes we found Connor behind the press for layups which ended up being two big hoops," Lilac said.
McCart’s return also provided a boost in terms of depth, as Austin Pitt also had foul trouble to add to Hoag’s fouling out.
"We had good balance again tonight, that was big for us." Lilac said. "[We got] some scoring from Levi and Connor inside. They were really extended out on our shooters so it opened up the middle a little bit."
With the win, Hoosick Falls advances to the Glens Falls Civic Center on Tuesday for a showdown with Broadalbin-Perth for a bid to the Class B finals
"They are a very good team coming from the Foothills Council," Lilac said of his next opponent. "They are battle tested, we are definitely going to have our hands full."
BBA boys finish perfect season
WINDSOR -- With a shot at a 20-0 regular season record in reach, the Burr and Burton Academy boys basketball team took care of business against Windsor on Friday to the tune of a 69-41 win.
Tyeshawn Gadson had 16 points to pace the Bulldogs, while Conor Harrington had 12 and Jack Bunker and Taylor Muench each added eight in the win. Ryan Smith kicked in seven assists in the winning effort.
"It was a good win for us to wrap up the season," said coach Dave Shehadi.
While the Bulldogs have downplayed their record all season, Shehadi said that now that the team has accomplished the feat, it feels special.
"We tried to not pay attention to it, but now that it is complete it is a great accolade for the players. We really weren’t expecting that. This is a great group of guys, and it is something that doesn’t happen often."
The Bulldogs will be the top seed in the Division I playoffs, with the seed announcements coming on Monday.
MAU boys fall
RUTLAND -- Playing in the final game of the regular season, the short-handed Mount Anthony Union High School boys basketball team fell to local rival Rutland 75-64 on Friday.
Despite being down 41-28 at the half, and playing without starters Sean Brundage and Tyler Champagne, the Patriots kept trying to claw back into the game.
"We were right there," coach Dan Sleeman said. "We came out and I thought we really played well in the third quarter ... we just couldn’t get over the hump."
Alec Little led the Patriots with 15 points, while Hao Guo added 12 and Ethan Anderson had 11 in the loss.
Rutland was led by Bailey Plante with 25 points, while Pat O’Rourke scored his 1,000th point of his career during the game and scored a total of 15 points.
MAU ends the regular season with an 11-9 record. Tournament seedings will be announced on Monday.
Eagles downed at home
ARLINGTON -- Playing against West Rutland on Friday night, the Arlington Memorial High School boys basketball team fell 68-52.
The teams were tied at 16-16 after the first quarter, but the Golden Horde outscored the Eagles 19-4 in the second quarter to take a 35-20 lead.
Jared Lacoste had 16 for Arlington in the loss, while Nathan Mattison added 11 and DJ Jennings had 10.
Arlington falls to 2-17 and finishes the regular season today at Blue Mountain.
Arlington girls bow out to MSJ
RUTLAND -- Playing in the quarterfinals of the Vermont Division IV tournament, the Arlington Memorial High School girls basketball team fell to Mt. St. Joseph 74-50.
Coach Larry Andrews said he was impressed with how his team played in the first half, as the team trailed just 26-23 going into the break.
"I thought we outplayed them in the first half, I just thought we had a lot of unforced turnovers," Andrews said. "The big girl [Sally Hogan] was just too much for us tonight."
Hogan scored 26 points in the win.
For Arlington, Julia Lacoste scored 18 points, Molly Elwell added nine and Brooke Hawley added 7.
Arlington finishes the season with an 11-11 record, something that Andrews was happy withh.
"I think our younger girls grew up [this year] which will only benefit us," Andrews said. "We are returning all seven girls. We could be a force to be reckoned with next year."
Hoosac boys win
MILLBROOK, N.Y. -- The Hoosac School traveled to Millbrook on Thursday and won a hard-fought contest 83-67.
At the end of the first half, the Owls held a slender 40-33 lead and Millbrook would close the gap to a point early in the second half, but several Unique McLean dunks and some solid defense allowed Hoosac to pull away for the win.
McLean dropped 34 in the game, while Gregg Brathwaite added 16 and Charles Wingate had 10.
Hoosac returns to action today at Hoosac in a 4:30 p.m. contest.