Weary ND-BG no match for Jamesville DeWitt

Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons runs out of steam and falls to powerfull Jamesville-DeWitt.
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The points came in bunches, and just like that, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons’ best postseason run in 14 years came to a sudden halt.

Syracuse powerhouse Jamesville-DeWitt used its size, quickness and superb basketball ability to take out the Golden Knights early in Saturday’s Class A regional final, and rolled to a 74-34 victory at Hudson Valley Community College.

The state’s No. 2-ranked team led at the half, 36-14, after putting together scoring runs of 10-0, 7-0, 6-0 and 5-0, while limiting the Golden Knights to six field goals.

“I don’t want to make any excuses. That team is outstanding,” Bishop Gibbons coach Garry Horne said after his Golden Knights saw their postseason win streak end at four. “They’re ranked No. 2 for a reason. They’ve got three Division I players. You could see that.”

The Golden Knights (17-8) were playing in their third contest in four days, following Wednesday’s 65-48 Section II title-game win over Albany Academy and Friday’s 69-59 regional semifinal triumph over Massena. The school’s 1994 Class B sectional champs also won a regional game, against Gouverneur, before losing to Section III op­ponent Central Square.

“We had a great year. We went out strong,” said ND-BG junior guard Brian Hamor, who scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half and boosted his career total to 994. “For the things we accomplished, we’ll be in the history books forever.”

But Jamesville-DeWitt (Section III, 22-2) will be moving on to Saturday’s state semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center against defending champion and

No. 1-ranked Peekskill (Section I, 25-0). The Red Rams punched their final four ticket in an explosive first half full of points and rebounds Saturday, and gained a chance to avenge one of their losses.

“We’ve been waiting two months to get another chance at them,” Jamesville-DeWitt junior forward Brandon Triche said of Peekskill. “Now it’s going to happen.”

Triche made things happen all over the court for for the Red Rams, totaling 21 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four of his team’s 12 steals. Mickey Davis had 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Alshwan Hymes and Marcus Williams both added nine points.

“That was a great team out there,” said Hamor. “It came down to matchups, and we didn’t match up with them. They had two 6-10 kids, and we couldn’t battle on the boards.”

The Golden Knights could not apply their fullcourt press, either, which they used with great success in Friday night’s second-half comeback against Massena.

“You can’t get blood out of a stone. We couldn’t press. We had no legs,” Horne said. “If we could have pressed, like we did against Albany Academy, it could have been a little different.”

Zach O’Brien’s jumper tied the game at two before Jamesville-DeWitt went on the first of its scoring sprees, a 7-0 spurt which included a three-pointer by Davis and two lay­ups by Nick Pascale. After Hamor made a free throw for the Knights, Triche sandwiched layups around one by Hymes, and the Red Rams were quickly up, 15-3.

Jamesville-DeWitt led after one quarter, 20-7, and consecutive lay­ups by Hymes in the final minute extended its halftime advantage to 22. The Red Rams — who own the lone victory over Bishop Maginn — opened the third period with seven unanswered points, making it 43-14.

“We knew they were playing their third game in four days,” said Triche. “We wanted to keep running and running.”

O’Brien had six points and six rebounds, after producing 21 and eight the night before. Hamor, the Section II Class A MVP, scored 22 points against Massena.

maginn triumphs

With Section II Class AA MVP Shimeek Johnson laboring with the flu, Bishop Maginn got a combined 41 points from Taran Buie, Terron Victoria and reserve Khaliq Gross in a 56-50 Class AA regional win over Henninger of Syracuse.

“I’ve been saying it all year, we’re a great team because we have different weapons that can step up,” Bishop Maginn coach Rich Hurley said after his team earned a return trip to the state final four with its 20th consecutive win. “We didn’t have our typical Shimeek. He was only about 60 percent, and some other guys came through.”

Buie and Gross sparked a 9-0 second-quarter run which erased a 18-16 deficit, and the pair kick-started a decisive 10-1 spurt in the final quarter. Buie led the Griffins (24-1) with 16 points and Gross netted 11, while Victoria had 14 points and seven rebounds.

“We’ve played that way all year,” said Buie, a sophomore guard.

“Shimeek wasn’t 100 percent, and guys stepped up for him.”

Ben Cronin was a force for Henninger (Section III, 21-3), with the

7-foot-1 Michigan-bound center scoring 17 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking eight shots.

“He’s tough,” Hurley said. “We just tried to stick with him the best we could.”

Henninger couldn’t stick with Buie and Gross in the second quarter, though, as the guard tandem put the state’s No.2-ranked team up for good.

After Brian Wilson’s layup capped a 6-0 Henninger run to make it 18-16, Buie scored on a drive and then converted a three-point play. A layup by Gross, and a jumper by the senior guard soon after, pushed the Griffins lead to 25-18.

“I told the guys before we went out, ‘You cannot leave anything in the locker room,’ ” Hurley said. “I told them, ‘You’ve got to go out and make plays.’”

Gross and Buie did that again in the fourth quarter, after a layup by Kihary Blue had the Black Knights within 43-38. Gross followed that basket with a steal and a successful drive, and Buie turned another steal into a short jumper. Buie later dropped in a layup to cap the 10-1 run as Maginn’s lead balooned to 53-39.

“Get turnovers and get into transition,” said Buie, who had four of his team’s 15 steals. “That’s our game.”

James Torres had eight points and eight rebounds for Bishop Maginn, which will play Mount Vernon (Section I, 22-3) Saturday at 2:15 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Mount Vernon beat Bishop Maginn by three points in the 2007 state championship game.

“We all made a goal on November 5th to get back,” Hurley said. “It’s hard to do. It’s a tribute to this team.”

Johnson had a slam dunk in the first quarter and made a free throw in the fourth. The senior forward delivered 20 points in Maginn’s

71-51 Section II title-game win over CBA.

northvillE bows out

Northville hung with the state’s No. 1-ranked team early on before Chateaugay used a 15-5 second-quarter flurry to gain control in what would end in a 61-41 victory.

Drew Boyea scored 22 points for Chateaugay (Section X, 23-1), seven coming in the key second quarter when the Bulldogs widened their slim lead to 27-15.

“We gave it everything we had. It’s unfortunate,” said Northville coach Ryan Gander. “We got a little tired, and we got a little not so smart. They’re 17-year-old kids.”

Northville (16-9) had a partic­ularly difficult time keeping possession of the ball, and turned it over 28 times. Chateaugay often took advantage, with Brad Dumont and Jordan Rankin two of the befactors as each totaled 14 points.

“They were overplaying the passing lanes. They applied good defensive pressure,” Gander said. “Josh [Dietrich] was working hard to distribute, and guys weren’t moving.”

Northville moved up to Section II’s upper tier last week when it ended a 46-year title drought with a 51-33 victory over St. Johnsville. The Falcons posted its first regional win in school history Friday, 46-40, over Westport.

“Now people know Northville kids can play basketball,” Gander said. “I’m proud to say I was the coach of this team. They kept surprising me, and put Northville on the map.”

Ryan Van Nostrand topped Northville for the second night in a row, scoring 15 points after Friday’s 22-point effort, while also snaring 10 rebounds. Jordan Williams had 11 points and Mike Van Nostrand chipped in with 10.

BISHOP MAGINN 56, HENNINGER 50

HENNINGER

Quantae 2-2-7, Kihary 4-3-12, Wilson 3-0-6, Williams 4-0-8, Cronin 7-3-17. Totals: 20-8-50.

BISHOP MAGINN

Buie 7-1-16, Gross 4-3-11, Victoria 5-3-14, S. Johnson 1-1-3, Kargbo 1-2-4, Torres 3-2-8. Totals: 21-12-56.

Henninger 12  8 16 14 — 50

Bishop Maginn 13 14 16 13 — 56

Three-point goals: Quantae, Kihary, Buie, Victoria.

JAMESVILLE-WEWITT 74,

NOTRE DAME-BISHOP GIBBONS 34

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT

Piciucco 1-0-2, Mitchell 2-0-5, Stern 1-2-4, Hymes 4-0-9, Triche 8-5-21, M. Davis 5-1-13, Pascale 4-0-8, Williams 4-1-9, T. Davis 1-0-3. Totals: 30-9-74.

NOTRE DAME-BISHOP GIBBONS

Evans 1-0-3, Gallagher 1-0-2, O’Brien 3-0-6, Mitchell 2-0-4, Hamor 6-1-14, Hartnett 1-0-2, Sarchioto 0-1-1, Coles 1-0-2. Totals: 15-2-34.

Jamesville-DeWitt 20 16 18 20 — 74

Bishop Gibbons  7  7 13  7 — 34

Three-point goals: Mitchell, Hymes, M.Davis 2, T. Davis, Evans, Hamor.

CHATEAUGAY 62, NORTHVILLE 41

CHATEAUGAY

Spinner 0-2-2, Dumont 4-5-14, Helm 1-0-2, Rankin 5-4-14,Peck 3-2-8, Boyea 7-6-22. Totals: 20-19-62.

NORTHVILLE

M. Van Nostrand 5-0-10, Williams 4-3-11, Blowers 1-1-3, Dietrich 0-2-2, R. Van Nostrand 6-2-15. Totals: 16-8-41.

Chateaugay 12 15 11 24 — 62

Northville 10  5  8 18 — 41

Three-point goals: Dumont, Boyea 2, R. Van Nostrand.

mechanicville advances

Paul MacMillan and Patrick Marra combined for 25 points to propel Mechanicville to a 57-36 victory over Ticonderoga Saturday in a Class C regional game at SUNY-Plattsburgh.

MacMillan scored 14 points to lead the way for the Red Raiders, who jumped out to an 18-6 advantage after the first quarter before extending the margin to 30-13 at halftime.

Hunter Denno had nine points to pace Ticonderoga.

Mechanicville, now 20-5, will next play on Friday night at 5 at the Glens Falls Civic Center against an opponent to be determined.

TICONDEROGA

Taylor 1-0-2, Molina 3-0-6, Demarais 1-0-2, Denno 3-2-9, Lenhart 1-1-3, Streeter 3-0-6, Clark 4-0-8. Totals: 16-3-36.

MECHANICVILLE

MacMillan 5-3-14, Marra 4-1-11, Gagliastri 1-1-3, Stewart 0-1-1, Lettrick 3-3-9, Rougia 3-1-9, Grayson 2-1-6, Garland 2-0-4. Totals: 20-11-57.

Ticonderoga 6 7 10 13 — 36

Mechanicville 18 12 12 15 — 57

Three-point goals: Denno, MacMillan, Marra 2, Rougia 2, Grayson.

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