Boys' basketball: Patriots stay alive
GLENS FALLS After a pair of offensive outbursts, Andre Taylor’s main contributions came in a different form Tuesday night.
“The first two sectional games were big for me. I was averaging around 16, and I was way over that,” Taylor said after Broadalbin-Perth upset Hoosick Falls, 44-42, in a Section II Class B semifinal at the Glens Falls Civic Center. “Most teams now are keying on scorers, and I wanted to help the team anyway I could.”
Taylor assisted on Chris Natoli’s go-ahead layup with 21 seconds left, and his steal moments later all but clinched Broadalbin-Perth’s victory over the state’s No. 13-ranked team.
Taylor scored 31 points in a 63-56 first-round win against Schuylerville and piled up 35 when the Patriots (No. 6 seed, 16-5) topped Hudson in the quarterfinal round, 70-53, for their sixth straight triumph and 12th in 13 games.
“He was great,” Natoli said of his teammate. “He wasn’t scoring, but he came through at the end. He had that nice dish to me, and he set up Jake’s free throws.”
Jake Coveney made one of two from the line with 5.4 seconds left following Taylor’s steal, and the upset was complete when Andrew Hoag’s 30-footer at the other end banged off the glass and the inner rim before bounding away.
Hoosick Falls (No. 2, 19-2) had not lost to a Section II team before Tuesday, and was riding a 14-game win streak.
“There is not an easy game in the Class B tournament,” said Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford, who’ll take the Pats to their first final since 2009. “Our guys are finding a way.”
Taylor scored four points in the first quarter and no more the rest of the way. The senior small forward sat out the second quarter after picking up his second foul 49 seconds in.
“For us to win and our top scorer gets four points, who would think that’s possible?” said Gifford. “We talked all week about how we needed guys to step up.”
Ryan Dingman led the Patriots with 11 points, Preston Taylor delivered 10 and Robbie Van Brocklin nailed a pair of threes in the second quarter as B-P climbed out of an 11-6 hole.
A three-pointer by Dingman and a foul shot by Preston Taylor gave the Patriots their largest lead, 34-23, early in the fourth quarter.
“It was great to see other people step up and score,” said Andre Taylor.
After making one field goal and scoring 12 points in the middle quarters, Hoosick Falls made a late run and grabbed the lead at 42-41 on a layup by Hoag with 50 seconds left.
“We were scrambling for a while there. We went from plan A to plan B to plan C,” said Gifford. “We weathered the storm.”
Andre Taylor’s only assist in traffic under the basket set up Natoli.
“I knew we had to score,” said Taylor. “They double-teamed me. Chris is one of our best finishers down low.”
Hoosick Falls couldn’t finish in the third quarter, going without a field goal while making just six of 18 foul shots. The Panthers were 16-for-35 in all, while the Pats struggled, as well, going 7-for-16.
Broadalbin-Perth missed the front end of three one-and-ones late in the game when Hoosick Falls was putting together a 19-7 run.
Broadalbin-Perth and Voorheesville (No. 1, 20-1) will play for the Class B title Saturday at 5:30 after the Blackbirds beat Mechanicville (No. 5, 16-5) in the second semifinal, 59-47, behind Logan Hotaling's 20 points and Noah Crawford's 18 markers and 12 rebounds.
"When you play a good team like Mechanicville, you hope to put together a few spurts and then hold them off," said Voorheesville coach David Burch. "That's what we did."
Burch played for the Blackbirds' last title-winning team in 1995, but after a Class C win over Middleburgh, Voorheesville lost to Mechanicville in the Class CC-C playoff. Red Raiders coach Rian Richardson was on that team.
"That chance to play them again and to win, it does feel a little extra special," said Burch.
Logan Polsinello and Nico Dumas led Mechanicville with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Tyler Fuchs turned a steal into a go-ahead layup, and Matt Marrish added a free throw as Germantown (No. 2, 16-5) edged Hartford (No. 3, 13-7) in a Class D semifinal, 48-46.
Guilderland (SC No. 2, 18-2) takes on Columbia (SC No. 4, 13-7) at 6, and Shenendehowa (SC No. 1, 18-2) meets Green Tech (B10 No. 2, 13-5) at 7:30 tonight in a Class AA semifinal twinbill at the Times Union Center.
The large-school final four is absent of a Big 10 team for the first time since the league formed in the 1977-78 season out of the Class A and Diocesan leagues. Big 10 teams showed their dominance over the last 13 years with a Section II championship team each time.
Saratoga Catholic (No. 3, 17-3) goes against defending state Class C champ Lake George (No. 2, 19-1) in the middle game tonight at the Civic Center.
HOOSICK FALLS 42
Coveney 1-4-6, Van Brocklin 2-0-6, A. Taylor 2-0-4, P. Taylor 3-3-10, Hartz 1-0-3, Dingman 4-0-11, Natoli 2-0-4. Totals: 15-7-44.
Chani 1-1-4, Hoag 2-5-10, Bradley 0-2-2, Brewster 1-1-3, Pitt 5-6-16, Hackett 2-1-7. Totals: 11-16-42.
Broadalbin-Perth 6 13 11 14 — 44
Hoosick Falls 11 6 6 19 — 42
Three-point goals: Van Brocklin 2, P. Taylor, Hartz, Dingman 3, Chani, Hoag, Hackett 2.
Dumas 4-3-12, E. Dunn 2-0-4, Polsinello 4-3-14, Hunsinger 1-0-2, K. Dunn 1-3-6, Cannizzo 3-1-7, Tironi 1-0-2. Totals: 16-10-47.
Hensel 2-3-9, Hennessey 1-0-2, Parry 1-1-4, Crawford 7-4-18, Hotaling 9-1-20, Roney 1-0-2, Vogel 1-2-4. Totals: 22-11-59.
Mechanicville 13 5 13 16 — 47
Voorheesville 18 8 15 18 — 59
Three-point goals: Dumas, Polsionello 3, K. Dunn, Hensel 2, Parry, Hotaling.
GERMANTOWN 48, HARTFORD 46
Mullins 4-0-10, D. Farley 2-0-4, Jones 7-3-18, Casella 2-0-5, C. Farley 2-0-4, Tyler 2-1-5. Totals: 19-4-46.
Marrish 1-3-5, Hines 2-0-5, Fuchs 6-1-13, Rathjen 4-0-10, Scrodin 5-2-13, DuBois 1-0-2. Totals: 19-6-48.
Hartford 16 11 11 8 — 46
Germantown 13 14 13 8 — 48
Three-point goals: Mullins 2, Jones, Casella, Hines, Rathjen 2, Scrodin.