Massaroni has been a one-man show for Mohonasen
Grant Massaroni can use some offensive help. If he gets it, Mohonasen coach Ken Dagostino believes a string of victories could be the result. Maybe even another run to the Section II Class A final four.
“We need effort and performance,” Dagostino said. “If we can mesh the two, we’ll be OK. I think we can take some people down and go somewhere.”
Massaroni is averaging just under 23 points entering tonight’s 7:30 opening-round game of the annual Kirvin Cup basketball tournament with Schalmont. The Mighty Warriors, though, are 1-4, their worst record since entering the 2005 event at 0-6.
“The upside is that they haven’t stopped playing. For the most part, I’ve been very pleased with the effort they’ve given. The thing is, we’ve got to score the basket to go with that effort. We’ve got to make shots,” said Dagostino. “I have way too many guys getting minutes who are not giving us numbers.
“I’ve been trying to stay loyal to my seniors, but it could come to a point where some changes need to be made.”
Joe DeLuca is the lone Mighty Warrior, aside from Massaroni, who has scored in double digits, with 13 points in a 44-41 season-opening loss to Colonie and 10 in an 80-73 double-overtime loss to Columbia. Mohonasen bowed to Guilderland after that in overtime, 53-51, beat Saratoga Springs, 42-37, and dropped a 59-32 decision to unbeaten Suburban Council North Division leader Shaker last Friday.
“Not to take anything away from Colonie, Columbia and Guilderland. They won those games, but in every one of them, we had the ball last and we did not execute,” said Dagostino. “We could be 4-1. We’ve been so close.”
Massaroni poured in a career-high 36 points in the Columbia game with seven threes and netted 30 against Guilderland. The muscular 6-foot-2 senior forward has produced double-digit points in nine straight games and in 13 of 14 going back to last season.
He hit five threes and finished with 20 when Mohonasen lost to Scotia-Glenville in overtime, 62-61, in the section II semifinals late last February. When Mohonasen beat Scotia-Glenville his sophomore year in the Class A championship game, 53-36, he led the way with 17.
“He’s been going against double and triple teams,” said Dagotino. “He’s been getting pounded, and he’s still coming through for us.
“He’s really been something for us. He practiced for hours a day getting ready for this season.”
For the first time this season, in the first half of the Shaker game, Dagostino did not get the defensive and rebounding effort he demands from his players. Shaker raced to a 19-8 first-quarter lead, and extended it to 36-16 at the half.
“I ripped up the game plan at halftime and threw it in the drain. I was not happy with the effort at all. We’ve built our program on effort. We’ve won because of effort,” said Dagostino. “I think the guys go the message because they had a great second half. We ended up holding them to 59, and that’s well below their average.”
Tonight and Friday, the Mighty Warriors will attempt to put all parts of their game together. They were able to do that four times in Dagostino’s first seven seasons with the team, winning Kirvin Cup titles last year and in 2008, 2007 and 2005.
“If we can win the Kirvin Cup, it will absolutely be a turning point for us,” said Dagostino.
Massaroni scored 19 points when Mohonasen beat Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons for the Kirvin Cup title last year, 63-49. That Mohonasen team included eight seniors led by scoring leader Killian Tallman and pesky point guard Josh Giordano.
“We’re playing one returning guy with a ton of varsity experience. The other guys are really good kids but they have no varsity experience,” said Dagostino. “We’re feeling our way through.”
Mohonasen has been to seven straight Kirvin championship games, using Schalmont as a steppingstone each time. Schalmont
(4-2) last got the best of Mohonasen in 2004, but hasn’t captured a Kirvin title since 1995.
“I’m expecting it to be standing room only. The entire town of Rotterdam will be there,” said Dagostino. “Playing Schalmont in that environment is always a big deal.”
Schalmont had won four in a row before Friday’s 53-36 loss to Ichabod Crane. Schalmont’s streak included a 49-45 win over Mechanicville, the reigning Section II Class C champ.
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (0-7) and Lansingburgh (2-3) meet in tonight’s first game at 6. Senior guard Dwayne Freeman has scored at least 18 points in every game for the Golden Knights and is averging just over 23.
Saratoga Catholic has moved the opening round of its 37th annual tournament from tonight to Friday, due to weather concerns. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Gloversville are among the other host schools for boys’ tournaments that start tonight.
The girls’ 10-team Amsterdam Holiday College Showcase has been pushed back to Friday and Saturday due to weather concerns. Amsterdam joins locals Shenendehowa, Shaker and Albany in the field.
Jaclyn Welch had 11 points and five assists, and the host Garnet Raiders took control early in a 51-41 win over Scotia-Glenville Wednesday night at the Colonie Tournament.
Colonie (4-2) built a 21-4 first-quarter lead, and was up, 45-25, entering the last period.
Sam Blum notched 10 points for Colonie, and Sydnie Rosales had nine points on a trio of threes to go with six steals. Maqala MacDonald led Scotia-Glenville (4-2) with 12 points, and Nicole Conley added 10.
Catholic Central put together a 20-7 fourth-quarter run and beat Averill Park, 55-41, to set up a championship game tonight with Colonie.
Madison Purcell and Caterina Giglio scored 13 points apiece for the Lady Crusaders (5-2), and Kelly Donnelly sparked the Warriors (4-2) with 17.
Amanda Roney clicked for 25 points, Kiera Morgan had nine, and Middleburgh blanked Northville in the first quarter on the way to a 58-23 win at the Mayfield Tournament.
Lyndsey Wadsworth scored 16 points for Northville.
Mayfield clipped Schoharie in the second contest, 32-30. Kylie Manoogian scored 10 points for Mayfield. Emily Gaige topped Schoharie with 21.
Jenna Erickson and Briana Matazinsky scored 15 points apiece, with Matazinsky going 7-for-10 from the line in Tamarac’s 57-22 win over the host Spartans at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Tournment.
Tamarac (6-1) raced to a 32-10 halftime lead. Molly Gallagher scored six points for BH-BL (1-5).
COLONIE 51, SCOTIA-GLENVILLE 41
Conley 5-0-10, Dwyer 2-0-4, Estes 2-0-4, MacDonald 6-0-12, McNaulty 2-1-5, Casey 3-0-6. Totals: 20-1-41.
Alexander 2-0-4, Blum 4-2-10, Dyer 2-0-4, Lane 2-0-4, Paeglow 0-2-2, Riddick 1-1-3, Rosales 3-0-9, Shadick 2-0-4, Welch 4-1-11. Totals: 20-6-51.
S-G 4 13 8 16 — 41
Colonie 21 10 14 6 — 51
Three-point goals: Roseles 3, Welch 2.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 55, AVERILL PARK 41
Miner 1-0-2, Donnelly 6-5-17, VanRoy 1-2-4, Horton 3-0-6, O’Shea 1-0-2, Hacker 1-0-2, Wood 3-2-8. Totals: 16-9-41.
Carpenter 1-0-3, Welch 2-2-7, Gillespie 4-0-9, Giglio 4-2-13, Purcell 5-3-13, McFerran 1-6-8, Duncan 0-2-2. Totals: 17-15-55.
Averill Park 8 13 13 7 — 41
CCHS 11 16 8 20 — 55
Three-point goals: Carpenter, Welch, Gillespie, Giglio 3.
MAYFIELD 32, SCHOHARIE 30
Archer 2-0-4, Bowersox 1-1-3, Gaige 8-2-21, Sacket 1-0-2. Totals: 12-3-30.
Eagan 1-0-3, Hraneu 1-0-2, Little 2-1-6, Manoogian 4-1-10, Meca 2-0-4, Sheldon 2-3-7. Totals: 12-5-32.
Schoharie 11 0 7 12 — 30
Mayfield 10 5 5 12 — 32
Three-point goals: Gaige 3, Eagan. Little, Manoogian.
MIDDLEBURGH 58, NORTHVILLE 23
Cater 3-0-6, Morgan 4-0-9, Paser 3-0-6, Roney 11-3-25, Ryan 4-0-8, Wood 2-0-4.
Krom 0-1-1, Moore 2-0-4, Ryan 1-0-2, Wadsworth 7-1-16.
Middleburgh 16 16 14 12 — 58
Northville 0 2 9 12 — 23
Three-point goals: Morgan, Wadsworth.
BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE TOURNAMENT
TAMARAC 57, BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE 22
Erickson 5-3-15, Matola 1-1-3, Matazinsky 4-7-15, Mitchell 3-0-7, Henderson 4-0-8, Gavin 0-1-1, Door 1-1-3, Cavale 0-1-1, Flaherty 1-2-4. Totals: 19-16-57.
BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE
Gallagher 3-0-6, Comley 2-0-4, Sullivan 2-0-4, Schultz 1-0-2, Wydronkowski 1-0-2, Niedziejko 1-0-2, Thurnae 1-0-2. Totals:
Tamarac 15 17 10 15 — 57
BH-BL 4 6 4 8 — 22
Three-point goals: Erickson 2, Mitchell.