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Boys hoop: Pats ousted from sectionals

Schenectady lost in the opening round of the Section II Class AA tournament for the third year in a row, 76-65, against Saratoga Springs Tuesday night at the Pat Riley Sports Center.

Schenectady’s roster was without sophomores Neftali Lind and Brandon Langston, though Patriots coach Eric Loudis preferred not to elaborate on the situation.

“It hurts to lose two starters,” Loudis said after his team, fourth in the Big 10 this season, finished up at 11-8. “A few JV players got a lot of burn due to that.”

One of them, freshman Davon Barkley, started the game and scored 10 points. Barkley scored all the points in a 6-0 spurt in the second quarter that got the Pats within 23-19.

Schenectady never led after Sean Grecco nailed a three-pointer to give Saratoga a 5-3 advantage early in the first frame.

“We took some foolish shots and got impatient,” said Loudis.

Saratoga pulled away from a 35-33 lead in the third quarter with a 15-3 run, and kept the Pats at bay in the final quarter by going 16-for-20 from the line over the final 4:22. Noah Arciero went 8-for-10 from the line down the stretch for the Blue Streaks (12-7) and finished with 30 points.

“It was a game of runs. They always answered our runs,” said Loudis.

Eighth-grader Tobias Holmes scored a season-high 23 points for Schenectady. Holmes nailed a season-best five three-point baskets.

Saratoga’s last sectional win came in 2007 against Schenectady.

“I’m extremely proud of our guys, and they should be proud of themselves,” said Saratoga coach Matt Usher. They bought into the game plan, and executed the game plan.”

Schenectady is now 4-2 all-time against Saratoga in sectional play, winning games in 2009, 2005, 2003, and 1998 on its way to the state championship.

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