Mechanicville snaps Hoosick's Wasaren League streak
HOOSICK, N.Y. — Hoosick Falls coach Mike Lilac knew his team's win streak in the Wasaren League would stop at some point.
Thanks to some clutch three-point shooting from Mechanicville's Josh Germain and stout defense, the streak was snapped on Friday as Mechanicville came to Hoosick Falls and left with a 60-51 victory.
"We're starting to play really well as a team," said Mechanicville coach Rian Richardson. "We've been preaching that and they've been leaning on each other the past couple of games. We play these guys twice a year, we know how good they are."
The loss was the first in league play in six years, as Hoosick Falls had won 56 straight in the Wasaren League before Friday night.
"All through this, we've been threatened plenty of times and somehow pull out wins in the fourth quarter," Lilac said. "Give them all the credit, Germain had a big night, made all the big shots and we got outplayed tonight."
Germain was the high scorer with 21 points, including six 3-pointers, and most of them came in big moments.
The biggest came as time wound down in the fourth quarter and Mechanicville up by a half-dozen. The Red Raiders ran a play that took up most of the shot clock and it got to Germain, who drained a three from the top of the key as the shot clock went off to make it 57-47 with 1:15 to go.
"That was the dagger, the last straw right there," Lilac said.
The game was close throughout, neither team gaining a large advantage through the first three quarters.
Two Tristan Williams free throws on the opening possession of the fourth made it 44-44, but from there, Mechanicville held. Germain hit a three to give the Raiders a 49-46 lead with 6:01 to go, then a few minutes later, Devin Garland added a bucket.
Another three, this one from Anthony Atello with 2:19 left, gave Mechanicville an eight-point lead as time ran out on the Panthers.
"It's been wearing on us to see every other team's best shot," Lilac said. "Everyone gets up for us and that's fine, I'd rather have that. The guys that started this streak were upset when they lost. These kids helped us build this streak, we'll start another one."
Mechanicville did a tremendous to slow down Jon Kempf, who was one of the top scorers in Section II, averaging 30 points per game coming in. He was held to 12 points and only one field goal.
"If we could kind of slow down Jon and keep Tristan [Williams] off the boards, we'd have a chance to compete and that's what we did," Richardson said. "He's strong, smart with the basketball and gets to the line a lot. For us to hold him to one field goal, I tip my cap to the defense, they really got after it."
Williams led the Panthers in scoring on the night with 16 points, followed by Kempf's 12 and 10 each from Isiah Burnett and Max Kipp.
For Mechanicville, Tyler Dion scored 14 and Garland added 12.
In the first half, Richardson cost his team a few points getting a technical foul. Disagreeing with a couple of earlier calls, he lit into the referee on an over-the-back call midway through the second and he was T'ed up. Isiah Burnett hit a pair of foul shots, as did Kempf, as Hoosick tied the game at 28-28 with 2:32 left in the half.
It remained tied into halftime.
The Panthers drop to 10-2 on the year and travel to Saratoga Central Catholic on Friday.
"I told them, let's keep working hard and next month, we'll be league champs," Lilac said.
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