CLIFTON PARK — During Postseason play where a mantra of ‘Go big or go home’ can be used, Shenendehowa’s 6-foot-7 sophomore Miles Peterson delivered as the Plainsmen dismissed Schenectady 68-44 Tuesday night in a Section II Class AA boys’ basketball preliminary game at Shenendehowa High School.
Peterson scored 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter and made his presence felt in the lane throughout the contest.
“My teammates were just passing me the ball, Mason [Courtney] had four assists to me right in the first half, passing it in, moving it around,” Peterson said. “If I was open I would take the shot and if I wasn’t I kicked it out for the three [point shot].”
Peterson has developed into a valuable weapon for the Plainsmen as the season has progressed.
“Every three weeks there is something noticeably different, that’s how hard he works,” Shenendehowa coach Paul Yattaw said. “We’ve recognized that he can do it, we just keep working on it. The guys had to recognize that he was ready. He’s been ready, we just had to get in the mindset to give it to him. It’s a different dynamic instead of Mason, Mason, Mason.”
Shenendehowa’s Mason Courtney finished with a game-high 24 points, scoring 16 in the second half as the Plainsmen regrouped after a sluggish second quarter, outscoring the Patriots, 11-7.
“They went on a run, they caught us off-guard and we weren’t ready,” Courtney said. “We got it under control and once we figured out what we wanted to do we handled it.”
The Plainsmen used an 18-6 third quarter run to help put the game out of reach.
“We regained our composure towards the end of the half a little bit and we had to value every possession and not let them back in,” Yattaw said. “We thought if we did that we might have an easier time down the stretch.”
Jakeim Edge led Schenectady with 14 points on the night with Miguel Flores and Quy-Maine Haggray each adding 11.
Shenendehowa will face Albany at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College. The Falcons defeated Guilderland, 59-51. Top-seeded Green Tech will face Bethlehem at 6:30 p.m. The Eagles defeated Saratoga Springs, 71-66.
SHENENDEHOWA 68, SCHENECTADY 44
Schenectady 15 7 6 16 — 44
Shenenendehowa 22 11 18 17 — 68
Schenectady scoring: Hooks 1-0-2, Robinson 0-1-1, Flores 4-1-11, Edge 6-1-14, Graham 1-1-3, Haggray 3-3-11, Bains 1-0-2. Shenendehowa scoring: Seeberger 2-0-5, Hicks 4-0-11, Ceccuci 3-0-7, Sisto 1-0-2, Courtney 8-8-24, Peterson 7-1-15, Rudd 1-0-2. Scoring totals: Schenectady, 16-7-44. Shenendehowa, 27-9-68.