SARATOGA SPRINGS — With its two scoring leaders on the bench and down by nine points late in the third quarter, the prospects for a Saratoga Central Catholic win Friday night didn’t look very promising.
“I knew we needed some points,” Saints junior forward Tyler Haraden said. “I thought I’d help out.”
Haraden scored 15 of his 19 points inside the final 10 minutes, and Nick Conrad nailed a pair of clutch 3-point baskets as the Saints engineered an improbable 51-47 Wasaren League win over Hoosic Valley on their senior night.
“It shows what you can do if you move the ball on offense and communicate on defense,” Saratoga Catholic coach Ken Mantia said. “That’s one of the better wins we’ve had in a while.”
Saratoga Catholic (8-7, 10-9) used a 15-0 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to overcome a 30-21 deficit, and held on to extend its win streak to four games, matching the streak it put together in the 2016 Section II tournament when it claimed the Class C championship.
“Hopefully we can do what we did last year — go on a run,” said Conrad, a senior forward.
Friday’s 15-0 run began soon after Saints point guard Terel Tillman picked up his fifth foul with 2:03 left in the third quarter and exited with 14 points and three steals.
“He’s been playing great basketball for us,” Mantia said of Tillman, Saratoga Catholic’s sparkplug sophomore who came in averaging just over 14 points. “When he went out, I said it’s that next man up mentality. I told the guys, ‘This is your opportunity.’ ”
Next men stepped up, such as junior forward Sam Haraden, who scored on a putback and a hook shot, and junior guard Ryan McFadden, who scored on two layups, as the Saints’ advantage grew to as many as 11 at 47-36.
“Everyone stepped up tonight,” said Tyler Haraden, who snared 11 rebounds. “Players came off the bench and came though. Guys made clutch plays.”
Conrad made a real big one when he beat the third-quarter buzzer with a long 3-pointer to cap an 8-0 spurt. Conrad also began the fourth frame with a 3-pointer, kick-starting a 7-0 flurry.
“That 3 was pretty amazing,” Mantia said of Conrad’s quick flick at the end of the third, after he received an inbound pass from McFadden. “When that went in you had a feeling we were in the game to stay.”
Tyler Haraden started the 15-0 run with a short jumper and a 3-pointer, gave the Saints their 47-36 lead with two free throws, and his final two free throws with 4.6 seconds left clinched the victory.
“Some of the kids who did it are young players,” Mantia said. “It builds confidence to win a game like that.”
Saratoga Catholic’s leading point producer, senior guard Connor Farrington, left the game with 1:54 to go in the second quarter after taking a hit to the head on a scramble beneath the basket. Farrington, who came in averaging 20 points per game, managed only three.
“To air on the side of safety we weren’t going to put him back in,” Mantia said. “He was groggy, but he seems okay now.”
Tillman opened the third quarter with a 3-point play before Hoosic Valley (10-5, 10-8) went on an 8-2 run to take its 30-21 lead.
“It was crazy,” Conrad said. “We’ve had a lot of close game. I think that experience helped us tonight.”
Isaac Sanchez led Hoosic Valley with 18 points and Mike Schoonmaker put in 12, including six late when the Indians began to chip away at the Saints’ double-digit lead.
Sanchez 5-8-18, Schoonmaker 4-2-12, Madigan 1-0-2, McGreevy 2-0-4, Burnell 2-0-4, Carlo 3-0-7. Totals: 17-10-47.
Farrington 1-1-3, McFadden 2-0-4, Tillman 5-4-14, S. Haraden 2-1-5, T. Haraden 5-8-19, Conrad 2-0-6. Totals: 17-14-51.
HV 12 10 8 17 — 47
SC 7 9 13 22 — 51
Three-point goals: Schoonmaker 2, Carlo, T. Haraden, Conrad 2.
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