Zampier, Massaroni pour it on
The Columbia and Mohonasen boys’ basketball teams piled up 153 points, and Conrad Zampier and Grant Massaroni accounted for more than half of them in the Blue Devils’ double-overtime Suburban Council win Tuesday night.
Zampier set a Columbia record with 43 points, and Massaroni netted a career-high 36. Zampier’s last of seven three-point baskets brought on the second overtime in his team’s 80-73 triumph.
“I’ve never been involved in a game with two guys scoring like that,” said Mohonasen coach Ken Dagostino. “They were battling back and forth.”
Zampier’s final three tied the contest, 69-69, and the Blue Devils went on an 11-4 run in the second extra session to secure their first win of the season, and end a four-game skid against the Mighty Warriors.
“We were down six with 1:40 left in the first overtime and fought back,” said Columbia coach Jim Obermayer. “With six seconds left, Conrad tied it with a three and sent it into double overtime.”
“It was deeper than the NBA line,” Dagostino said of Zampier’s three from the top of the circle. “It had to be 24, 25 feet. It was so deep.”
The senior guard went 14-for-18 from the line as part of his school record. His brother Alex had held the record with 42 points, delivering those against Niskayuna during the 2004-05 season.
Alex Zampier, who plays professionally in Argentina, was at the game watching his brother excel. Obermayer said he’s home while rehabilitating a lower-leg injury.
“I told Zampier after that he played a great, great game,” said Dagostino. “I told him, ‘It’s a game you’ll remember all your life.’ He did a tremendous job.”
Massaroni went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line and matched Zampier with seven three-point baskets. The senior forward topped his previous one-game high by 13 points.
“They were going from man to zone to a quasi box-and-one,” said Dagostino. “Grant was working, and we were doing things to get him open.”
Columbia took a 19-15 advantage after one quarter. Mohonasen led at the half, 37-34, and after three quarters, 45-44, before Columbia pulled even, 60-60. Both teams had nine points in the initial overtime.
“The other night they [Mohonasen] scored 41 against Colonie. They had 37 at the half,” Obermayer said. “They were 8-for-8 from the field in the second quarter, and six of those baskets were threes. I’m thinking, ‘How long can they keep that going?’ Kenny’s kids wouldn’t go away, and Grant was phenomenal.”
Mohonasen knocked down 12 three-pointers and Columbia countered with 10 of them. Jahil Nails of Columbia and Mohonasen’s Joe DeLuca both had 10 points.
“The fans got their money’s worth. That’s for sure,” said Obermayer. “It was a real exciting game.”
SC award to Hardy
Shenendehowa junior Matt Hardy was selected the Suburban Council boys’ basketball player of the week for Dec. 3-7.
Hardy, a member of the Shenendehowa varsity football and basketball teams, is recovering from injuries sustained in an automobile accident that took the lives of schoolmates Chris Stewart and Deanna Rivers on Dec. 1. Shaker student Bailey Wind was also injured. Hardy made an inspir-ational appearance at a community vigil to honor Stewart and Rivers at Steuerwald Stadium just days after the accident.
Johnstown sophomore Morgan Ruggeri rolled her first perfect game as part of a 779 triple in leading the Lady Bills past Queensbury, 3-1, in a Foothills Council bowling match Wednesday.
Ruggeri strung together 18 consecutive strikes, with six following her 300 game.
Austin Van Buren of Guilderland and Ryan Karabin of Scotia-Glenville nearly equalled Ruggeri Wednesday with 11 straight strikes in bids for perfection. Van Buren rolled a 299-781 in Guilderland’s 24-8 win over Averill Park, and Karabin delivered a 299-738 in the Tartans’ 3-1 win over South Glens Falls.
Golden Knights honored
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons’ state Class B champion boys’ cross country team was recognized by the Schenectady City Council and the Schenectady County Legislature earlier this week.
The Golden Knights won their first Section II title since 1982 before capturing the school’s first-ever state championship in any sport. Coach Jonathan Broderick’s team earlier won its third straight Big 10 dual-meet crown with an 8-0 record, and had low score for the third consecutive time at the league’s championship race. The Golden Knights also placed first at the E.J. Herrmann Invitational in Utica and the Section I Coach’s Invitational in Wappengers Falls.
Seniors Jordan Pantalone, Jason Lange, Matt Lange, Nick Przek-urat, Lucas Chico, Mike Sinkora and eighth-grader Jonah Allard anchored the team. Pantalone placed first at the sectional meet, second at the Big 10 meet and fifth at the state race. Jason Lange placed second at sectionals and third at the Big 10 meet.
Chris Homenick, Matt Chico, Stephen Dixon, Will Johnson, Dan Asselin, Robert Paley, Brian Ferrucci, Max Percent and Ben Sinkora rounded out the varsity team.
Edward Cheserek of St. Ben-edict’s Prep School in Newark, N.J., successfully defended his title by winning the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships in San Diego on Saturday.
Cheserek covered 5,000 meters in 14:59 to become the fourth boy to win back-to-back titles. Sean McGorty of Fairfax, Va., who led most of the race, finished second in 15:05.
Sophomore Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka, Ind., won the girls race in 17:25 despite suffering an early fall. New Yorkers Katie Lembo (Penfield, 18:05), Marissa Saenger (Clarence, 18:18) and Megan Reilly (Warwick Valley, 18:26), finished 21st, 25th and 31st, respectively.