Categories: High School Sports
The Stillwater boys’ basketball team repeated history when it edged Hoosick Falls Monday night in a Section II Class CC semifinal game for its third win over a higher seed.
“The 1993 team did that, too,” Stillwater coach Dave Cook said. “There’s a great tradition at Stillwater. We pay a lot of attention to our history.”
Cook is hoping history does not repeat itself tonight, though, when the underdog Warriors meet up with once-beaten Maple Hill in the 5:30 Class CC championship game at the Glens Falls Civic Center. After sweeping Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Maple Hill and Voorheesville in 1993, Stillwater lost in the Class C title game to Greenwich.
“There’s a lot of parity in the CC’s,” Cook said. “Before we started this thing, we said, ‘Why not us?’ ”
Stillwater (No. 10 seed, 13-10) dropped its last five regular-season games before beating No. 7 Schoharie behind senior guard Nick D’Alberto’s 35 points, 75-65, and held off No. 2 Schenectady Christian, 54-52, before rallying from a 16-point deficit to trim No. 3 Hoosick Falls, 54-52. D’Alberto scored the last of his 28 points on a three-pointer with 1:04 left to nudge the Warriors ahead, 54-51.
“This shows we have a lot of heart,” said D’Alberto, the last holdover from Stillwater’s 2006 state runner-up edition. “A lot of people counted us out, and we keep fighting.”
Wasaren League champion Hoosick Falls had beaten Stillwater,
56-32, in the final game of the regular season. Brian Byer scored 12 points, and Justin Deuel collected six points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the payback win Monday.
“One of the things that’s helped us a lot are the little things that don’t show up on a score sheet. Things like setting screens, giving good help defense, diving on the floor for a loose ball, making good decisions, taking a charge,” Cook said. “Those little things add up to big things. We did a lot of that the other night.”
After Stillwater defeated Hoosick Falls, Maple Hill (No. 1, 21-1) rolled to its fifth straight win, 80-56, over Lake George. Trent Tibbits led four double-digit scorers with 21 points, and netted 14 in the first half to spark a 44-27 run by the state’s No. 3-ranked team.
“They’re very athletic, and that really shows up on the defensive side,” said Cook. “They get their hands in lanes and that leads to transition. They’re a good transition team.”
Maple Hill already owns a win over Stillwater, 73-56, in the title game of the Mechanicville tournament back in November. Tibbits led the way in that one with 22 points, and David Briggs and Jaime Schultz added 12 apiece.
“We’ve got to play well defensively. We want to be difficult to score on,” Cook said. “If we do that, we have a chance to be successful.”
WAC RIVALS MEET
The Western Athletic Conference is certain to have one of its teams crowned a champion today, and could have two. Canajoharie (No. 1, 18-4) takes on WAC Southern Division rival Duanesburg (No. 7, 8-12) in the Class C final at 3:45, and Sharon Springs (No. 3, 15-7) faces Heatly (No. 1, 18-4) in the Class D title game at 2.
Canajoharie defeated Duanesburg twice en route to sharing the Southern Division title with Schenectady Christian. Another victory will propel Canajoharie to its first sectional banner since 1961. Duanesburg has never won a sectional title, with its last final appearance in 2007 ending in an overtime loss to Argyle.
Sharon Springs will be attempting to give the WAC a third straight Class D winner, following Northville last year and St. Johnsville in 2007. Sharon Springs was the 2003 small-school champ.
Broadalbin-Perth (No. 5, 16-7) plays Schuylerville (No. 11, 12-11) in tonight’s Class B championship game at 7:15. Broadalbin-Perth lost to Hoosic Valley in the title game last year, using Schuylerville as a quarterfinal steppingstone.
Broadalbin-Perth won the last of its three titles in 2002, while Schuylerville won the last of its six in 2006.