On paper, the game had competitive written all over it, but on the court, Colonie was thoroughly dominant.
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Tashan Newsome poured in 28 points, Herb Tedford and Sean Peer excelled down low at both ends and Colonie gained a measure of revenge by slugging Catholic Central, 64-41, in a Section II Class AA quarterfinal Sunday at the Times Union Center.
Colonie (Suburban Council No. 2, 16-6) lost to Catholic Central (Big 10 No. 3, 16-6) at Troy’s Christmas Tournament, 64-59, but the rematch was never in doubt after the Garnet Raiders used a 10-0 spurt in the opening quarter to go up, 12-3. Colonie led by as many as 15 in the second quarter, and by 18 at the end of three periods.
“When we played them at Troy, we didn’t play as a team. We played as individuals, and I wasn’t healthy. I was about 60, 70 percent,” said Newsome, who, at that time, was still recovering from a stress fracture to his left shin. “Today, we played together, and I’m healthy. That was the difference.”
A jumper by Newsome gave Colonie a 46-28 advantage at the end of three quarters, and he nailed four three-point baskets, yet the 6-foot-2 senior guard also excelled driving to the hoop and getting to the line, where he made all 12 of his free throws. As a whole, Colonie was 23-for-27 from the line.
“I went 25-for-25 in practice yesterday,” said Newsome, who was one point shy of matching his season high. “It carried over to today.”
Tedford and Peer served as a fine complement to Newsome, scoring 16 and 14 points, respectively, and the two juniors shared 18 rebounds.
“They played their part today,” Newsome said of Tedford, who goes 6-6, and the often unsung Peer, a 6-5 bundle of energy. “They took good shots, and played hard and strong. They played like men.”
The two juniors were key factors at both ends, clamping down on 6-6 Devin Grimes, who managed 11 points and nine rebounds after putting up 19 and 10 in the initial meeting in late December.
Grimes gave the Crusaders their only lead on a three-point play, at 3-2, and made just one second-half basket.
“Grimes is a horse in there, but we had two big guys against their one,” said Colonie coach Doug Kilmer. “I said to Herb and Sean, ‘That’s two against one. What more do you want?’ ”
Senior guard Jordan Gettings led the Crusaders with 14 points, while four others combined for 16 more.
“This is a tough loss,” said CCHS coach Blain Goverski, whose team had won six of seven coming in. “We didn’t get anything going. We had no flow. Colonie had a good game plan, and executed.”
“The shot chart from their game before showed they made a couple of threes, and everything else was down low,” said Peer. “We needed to keep Gettings out of the lane, and keep Grimes off the glass. We all did our job.”
The 41 points represented a season low for Catholic Central, which had put up 70 or more seven times in the regular season.
“We worked hard on defense,” Kilmer said. “It was all effort, and being in the right spots.”
“Defense and rebounding is how you win games. That’s how you win everything,” said Newsome. “We played a lot of zone, we played smart, and we played intense.”
Peer led the Garnet Raiders in the intensity department, working for six rebounds in each half, while hustling on defense throughout.
“He gives us everything we need; rebounding, energy, some points,” said Newsome. “He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had.”
Peer made a free throw and a short jumper in Colonie’s 10-0 first-quarter run, which also included a two foul shots and a three-pointer by Newsome. Colonie led at the first break, 16-9, and in the next frame, Newsome and Andrew Goo hit threes to help the Garnet Raiders take their first of two 15-point leads, at 24-9. Another three by Newsome made it 27-12.
Colonie was up, 31-22, at the half, and with Newsome and Tedford netting six points apiece, extended it to 46-28 with a quarter to go.
“We shared the ball real well,” Kilmer said. “Before, we’d do it for a half, maybe a little more, but now the guys are really trusting each other.”
Colonie will take on defending Class AA champion Bishop Maginn (B10 No. 1, 21-1) in Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal at the Times Union Center.
“That’s going to be a really challenging game,” Kilmer said of Colonie’s first semifinal since 2001; the Garnet Raiders won titles in 2000 and 1999. “We’ve got to work
really hard on the boards and handle their quickness. We hope to take it to the fourth quarter close, like we did last year. We’ll show up, and work hard.”
Bishop Maginn, ranked second in the state, extended its winning streak to 17 games with a 108-50 victory over Amsterdam (B10 No. 5, 7-15). Taran Buie scored 23 points, Shimeek Johnson had 22 and Terron Victoria netted 19 as Maginn reached a season-high point total, eclipsed 100 points for the second time in the tournament, and for the fourth time this season.
Vinnie Nicosia and Ben Miseikis scored 13 points apiece for the Rams.
Christian Brothers Academy
(B10 No. 2, 20-2) continued its quest for a sixth consecutive title-game berth with a 79-53 win over Troy, while Guilderland (SC No. 1, 20-2) built a big lead through three quarters and beat Shaker, 63-57. The Brothers and the Dutchmen, in their first semifinal since 2004, play Thursday at 6.
Malcolm Austin scored 30 points for CBA, including 19 in the first half, and combined with John Mantas for eight three-point baskets. Donovan Johnson led Troy
(B10 No. 6, 6-15) with 13 points.
Brett Marfurt and Kevin Kost teamed for nine three-point hoops, and finished with 24 and 18 points, respectively, to spark Guilderland. The Dutchmen have won 14 in a row since a 63-59 loss to CBA. Ryan Sullivan paced Shaker (SC No. 5, 10-12) with 20 points.
In a Class CC semifinal
double-header tonight at the Glens Falls Civic Center, Mechanicville
(No. 3, 16-5) plays Cambridge
(No. 2, 18-3) at 6:30, and Voorheesville (No. 4, 15-6) plays reigning champ Schenectady Christian (No. 1,
19-2) at 8. Northville (No. 3, 13-8) and
Argyle (No. 2, 14-7) meet in a Class D semifinal at 5.
COLONIE 64, CATHOLIC CENTRAL 41
Jacques 3-0-7, Bouchard 2-1-5, Gettings 6-0-14, DuPree 1-0-2, Clement 1-0-2, Grimes 3-4-11. Totals: 16-5-41.
Newsome 6-12-28, Mafrici 0-1-1, Goo 1-0-3,
Turner 1-0-2, Peer 4-6-14, Tedford 6-4-16. Totals: 18-23-64.
Catholic Central 9 13 6 13 — 41
Colonie 16 15 15 18 — 64
Three-point goals: Jacques, Gettings 2, Grimes, Newsome 4, Goo.
BISHOP MAGINN 108, AMSTERDAM 50
Nicosia 5-3-13, Miseikis 5-2-13, Sumigray 0-2-2, Juarez 1-0-2, Peluso 2-0-4, Maines 2-0-4,
Miskinis 6-0-12. Totals: 21-7-50.
Buie 8-5-23, Gross 2-6-10, Banks 1-0-2,
R. Johnson 0-4-4, Victoria 7-0-19, S. Johnson 9-1-22, Kargbo 4-3-11, Torres 1-1-3, Melton 1-0-3, Blake 1-0-3, Jeffers 1-2-4, Davis 2-0-4. Totals: 37-22-108.
Amsterdam 15 14 15 6 — 50
Bishop Maginn 26 25 25 32 — 108
Three-point goals: Miseikis, Buie 2, Victoria 5, S. Johnson 3, Melton, Blake.
CBA 79, TROY 53
Bridges 1-0-3, Seebald 1-4-7, Danahey
1-0-3, Pringle 3-3-10, Jenkins 1-0-3, Dolan 0-2-2, Johnson 6-1-13, Chapman 1-0-2,
McClaren 2-2-6, Banks 2-0-4. Totals:
Cancer 2-1-5, Austin 10-5-30, Ritter 3-2-8,
Kennedy-Ebron 5-2-12, Mantas 3-2-11, Sherman 2-0-4, Wolfgang 1-1-3, Stire 1-0-2, Creighton 2-0-4. Totals: 29-13-79.
Troy 12 10 9 22 — 53
CBA 16 18 25 20 — 79
Three-point goals: Bridges, Seebald,
Danahey, Pringle, Jenkins, Austin 5, Mantas 3.
GUILDERLAND 63, SHAKER 57
Weinheimer 3-0-7, Yuzynko 0-2-2, Lanier
3-6-12, McDonald 1-0-2, Hooks 1-0-3, Bonomo 5-0-11, Sullivan 8-4-20. Totals: 21-12-57.
Smith 3-1-8, Gejay 1-0-2, Terry 5-1-11, Marfurt 7-5-24, Kost 6-2-18. Totals: 22-9-63.
Shaker 15 7 13 22 — 57
Guilderland 21 18 13 11 — 63
Three-point goals: Weinheimer, Hooks, Bonomo, Smith, Marfurt 5, Kost 4.