Albany came to Schenectady Tuesday with a different look, and walked out of the Pat Riley Sports Center with a much different result.
“Albany is playing well. They’re a lot better than they were,” Schenectady coach Mark Sausville said after the Falcons edged his Patriots, 76-74, in a Big 10 shootout. “They got rid of some guys, and got some new guys. They have a new energy.”
Jeremic Bennett scored a season-high 26 points, and recent junior varsity call-up Jakei Turman delivered nine of his 16 over the final 31⁄2 minutes as Albany rallied for its third road victory in four days while avenging last month’s 71-48 loss to Schenectady.
Reece Jackson fired in a career-best 26 points for Schenectady, including a buzzer-beating three to create the final margin in a game matching teams seeking a homecourt berth for the upcoming Section II Class AA tournament.
“It’s something we know is in our team,” Albany coach Jon McClement said after his Falcons rallied from a 13-point first-quarter deficit. “Today it showed, and we pulled out a nice win.
“You get a win here, and you’re doing something right because Schenectady always does a good job of protecting its home court.”
Albany (7-7, 9-9) took a 53-51 lead into the fourth quarter, used a 9-1 spurt to erase a 60-59 deficit and held off Schenectady (8-6, 10-8) behind Turman. The sophomore forward went 7-for-9 from the line over the final 3:27, including two free throws with three seconds left to make it 76-71.
“We [Albany’s JV] played CBA not too long ago, and I missed two free throws at the end. There were eight seconds left, and we ended up losing the game,” said Turman, who played his first varsity game Saturday, scoring 16 points in a 53-41 win at James Monroe. “I was thinking, ‘I’m not going to miss them.’ ”
“One of the reasons we brought him up was his ability to get to the rim and earn opportunities to get to the line,” said McClement. “He knocked down some huge shots.”
Turman sank a pair from the line and converted a three-point play in the 9-1 run which boosted Albany’s lead to 68-61. Schenectady answered with a 10-4 run which Devonte Millinghaus started with a layup and two foul shots, and Jackson finished with a three-point basket with 20 seconds left to make it 72-71.
“The kids were playing hard down the stretch, and we had a chance,” Sausville said. “A bounce here or there, and who knows? Maybe we win this one.”
Albany’s Jahmeer Rollins, another JV call-up, drove for a basket and a 74-71 advantage before a Schenectady miss and foul led to Turman’s clinching free throws.
“It feels good,” Turman said. “This is the first varsity game that I helped us come through in the end. It feels good.”
Schenectady got the jump, though, using a 13-0 flurry to open up 20-7 lead in the first quarter. Jackson scored five points in the spree, and Devonte Millinghaus added four.
“We didn’t allow them to balloon their lead like they did the last time,” McClement said. “We picked it up defensively and got after it. We didn’t fold the tent.”
“We switched some things up defensively, and Bennett started hitting shots,” said Turman.
Bennett began Albany’s comeback with two free throws and gave the Falcons their first lead on a drive with nine seconds left in the half, 40-39. The junior guard also nailed two three-pointers early in the second quarter to keep momentum on the visitors’ side.
“Those threes were very timely,” McClement said.
“We relaxed a bit when we got the lead, and Albany kept playing,” Sausville said. “They started making shots, and they got back in it.”
Khalil Fredericks drained a three and Bennett hit a short jumper and two layups in an 11-6 run to start the third quarter as Albany extended its lead to 51-45. The Falcons took a 53-51 lead into the final quarter, and Jackson’s two free throws with four minutes to go nudged the Pats ahead, 60-59.
Derrick Millinghaus scored 16 points for the Pats, but had only three in the second half to end the junior’s string of games with 20 or more at five. Freshman Shadell Millinghaus had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
“Shadell plays with a lot of energy. He gives us everything he has. He plays with so much passion,” Sausville said. “He had 16 rebounds the other night, and 10 were on the offensive glass.”
West 3-0-6, Erwin 4-0-8, Bennett 9-5-26, Harris 3-1-7, Fredericks 4-0-9, Rollin 1-2-4, Turman 3-10-16. Totals: 27-18-76.
Jackson 9-6-26, Long 3-3-9, Der. Millinghaus 7-1-16, Dev. Millinghaus 2-4-8, S. Millinghaus 5-0-11, Williams 2-0-4. Totals: 28-14-74.
Albany 13 27 13 23 — 76
Schenectady 22 17 12 23 — 74
Three-point goals: Bennett 3, Fredericks, Jackson 2, Der. Millinghaus, S. Millinghaus.
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