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School basketball: Colonie is wary of Niskayuna

Suburban Council Blue Division boys' basketball co-leader Colonie is taking nothing for granted in t

Colonie has more wins this season than Niskayuna, and a greater rate of success and more championships over the last decade than its Suburban Council counterpart.

Colonie coach Doug Kilmer says none of that will mean much tonight when his Garnet Raiders meet up with the homestanding Silver Warriors in a boys’ basketball game that matches division leaders.

It’s one game, and in a league with great parity, anything can happen.

“They’re at home. They’re scrappy, organized as usual, and they’ve got a couple of good spot-up shooters,” Kilmer said of Niskayuna. “If they start making their threes, and we don’t get it inside, it could be a closer game than we want.”

Colonie (7-2, 10-3) will come into the game tied for first place with Shenendehowa in the league’s Blue Division, and with a three-game winning streak. Niskayuna (5-4, 7-6) shares the top spot with

Mohonasen and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in the league’s White Division. The Silver Warriors had won four in a row before Tuesday’s 58-38 loss to Mohonasen, the league’s hottest team.

“We don’t talk about winning the league too much. We talk about getting better every game. It’s more of a game-to-game thing with us, and our next game is with Niskayuna,” Kilmer said. “That’s what we’re focused on, not Shenendehowa or anything else that’s ahead of us.”

Kilmer is hoping that tonight is a continuation of what’s gotten his Garnet Raiders to the league’s upper tier. A big first quarter set up Tuesday’s 75-43 win over Columbia. Colonie knocked off Shenendehowa (54-47) and Averill Park (59-41) before that, climbing out a first-quarter hole in each contest.

“We’re playing well, right now. We’re playing hard on defense. We’re more aggressive at both ends, but the thing I like most is we’re playing better together. Instead of having five guys out there, we’re meshing,” Kilmer said. “Early in the season, we were not, and it cost us against Guilderland, Catholic Central and Bethlehem.”

“Early in the season, I thought Colonie would be one of the teams to beat, and they’ve done nothing to dispel that. They’re solid all the way through,” said Niskayuna coach Mike Black. “They’re good inside. They play hard. They can shoot, they’re athletic and well-coached. We’re playing one of the elite teams, no doubt about it.”

Niskayuna will be striving to bounce back from that 20-point loss on Tuesday.

“Mohonasen played well, and we did not,” said Black. “We’re looking to turn the page. We’re looking for a good, solid effort.”

Colonie will making a concerted effort to get the ball to its front line of 6-foot-6 Herb Tedford, 6-5 Sean Peer and 6-4 Jim Bacher. Tedford (15 ppg), a junior, scored 18 points against Columbia for his 12th

double-digit performance.

“We have the height advantage, and our guys can score and get some rebounds,” Kilmer said. “It makes sense for us to try to go inside to them. In turn, we expect to see a little zone [defense] because of our height.”

Niskayuna will also have to contend with Colonie guards Brian Sleasman and Tashaun Newsome (17.3 ppg). Newsome was one of only two 11th-graders named to the Suburban Council all-star team last season, and has produced at least 10 points in every outing this season.

Niskayuna features 6-2 senior forward Alex Olbrych (15 ppg) and senior guard Garrett Bush (11.5 ppg), the team leader with 27 three-point baskets.

briski excels

David Briski scored 22 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as Coxsackie

-Athens overpowered Catskill,

65-54, in a Patroon Conference game Thursday night.

Sheila Dixon collected 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and Samara Butler came away with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Schenectady girls (4-4, 10-6) to a 56-48 Big 10 win over Troy.

Katrina Yakel worked for 16 points, and Berne-Knox-Westerlo (7-1, 10-3) posted a 57-43 Western Athletic Conference win over Middleburgh (2-7, 6-7).

Betsey Towne scored 17 points, and Saratoga Catholic (7-2, 7-6) put the defensive clamps on Northville (5-6, 5-8) in a 45-25 WAC win.

Caroline McMannis scored eight points, and Robin Levy and Rudi Vanzin combined for 16 rebounds and nine steals to lift Emma Willard (4-0, 8-3) past Loudonville Christian, 36-10, in the Central Hudson Valley League.

Paula Egelston scored 12 points, Molly Sullivan put in 11, and Fonda-Fultonville (10-3) used an 18-6 third-quarter run to beat Broadalbin-Perth, 48-36, in a non-league game.

BOYS

PATROON CONFERENCE

COXSACKIE 65, CATSKILL 54

CATSKILL

D. Mokszycki 3-1-7, J. Mokszycki 3-0-7, McKinnon 7-4-18, Chewins 2-0-4, Hodzic 3-0-7, Martone 0-2-2, Buford 2-1-5, Jones 2-0-4. Totals: 22-8-54.

COXSACKIE

Briski 7-7-22, Degnan 0-1-1, Dingman 6-2-14, Lenane 4-0-10, McLaughlin 1-0-2, Simmons 4-1-9, Tailleur 3-0-7. Totals: 25-11-65.

Catskill  8 10 10 26 — 54

Coxsackie 14 16 16 19 — 65

Three-point goals: J. Mokszycki, Hodzic, Briski, Lenane 2, Tailleur.

GIRLS

BIG 10

SCHENECTADY 56, TROY 48

TROY

Beaulac 9-1-22, Fagan 1-0-2, Franke

7-1-18, Me. McHale 2-0-4, Mo. McHale 1-0-2. Totals: 20-2-48.

SCHENECTADY

Butler 5-2-12, Colafemina 2-2-6, Csakany 2-1-5, Dixon 9-2-21, McLean 2-1-6, Williams 3-0-6. Totals: 23-8-56.

Troy 13  8 18  9 — 48

Schenectady 15 10 21 10 — 56

Three-point goals: Beailac 3, Franke 3, Dixon, McLean.

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

BERNE-KNOX-WESTERLO 57,

MIDDLEBURGH 43

BERNE-KNOX-WESTERLO

Ford 4-3-12, Pitcher 3-1-9, Mann 1-0-2, Bates 0-1-1, Kusler 2-1-5, An. Van Dyke 4-0-10, Al. Van Dyke 1-0-2, Yakel 8-0-16. Totals: 23-6-57.

MIDDLEBURGH

H. Farrell 0-1-1, Stanhart 1-0-2, Van Kuren 3-2-8, Costello 3-1-7, A. Farrell 2-1-6, Pleasant 5-0-10, Gonzalez 3-2-9. Totals: 17-7-43.

BKW 22 15 10 10 — 57

Middleburgh 14  8  8 13 — 43

Three-point goals: Pitcher 2, Van Dyke 2, Ford, A. Farrell, Gonzalez.

SARATOGA CATHOLIC 45, NORTHVILLE 25

NORTHVILLE

Ryan 2-0-4, Nelson 2-0-4, Bedell 1-0-2, Finch 1-0-2, Paul 3-1-7, Tooley 3-0-6. Totals: 12-1-25.

SARATOGA CATHOLIC

Henry 2-3-7, Carson 0-2-2, Anderson 1-0-2, Rizzo 1-0-2, Towne 8-0-17, Mensler 2-1-5, Raccuia 4-0-8, Goodson 1-0-2. Totals: 19-6-45.

Northville  8  6  9 2 — 25

Saratoga Catholic 11 18 11 5 — 45

Three-point goals: Towne.

CHVL

EMMA WILLARD 36,

LOUDONVILLE CHRISTIAN 10

LOUDONVILLE CHRISTIAN

Thornton 2-0-4, Camilleri 1-0-2, Nic­olaisen 2-0-4. Totals: 5-0-10.

EMMA WILLARD

Schultz 2-1-5, Murphy 0-2-2, McMannis 4-0-8, Levy 2-0-4, Mullen 1-0-2, Rao 1-1-3, Painter 2-0-5, Porter 2-0-4, Vanzin 1-1-3. Totals: 15-5-36.

Loudonville Chris. 6  0 4 0 — 10

Emma Willard 8 13 7 8 — 36

Three-point goals: Painter.

NON-LEAGUE

FONDA-FULTONVILLE 48,

BROADALBIN-PERTH 36

FONDA-FULTONVILLE

Nellis 1-0-2, Sullivan 5-1-11, Hitchcock 3-0-6, Nowak 3-0-6, Egelston 4-4-12, Baker 3-0-9, Jacobs 1-0-2. Totals: 20-5-48.

BROADALBIN-PERTH

Ferlazzo 2-0-5, Light 5-1-11, Murphy 1-2-4, McMullen 4-5-13, Magliocca 1-0-3. Totals: 13-8-36.

Fonda-Fultonville 15  4 18 11 — 48

Broadalbin-Perth 11 12  6  7 — 36

Three-point goals: Baker 3, Ferlazzo, Magliocca.

ICHABOD CRANE 47, GLOVERSVILLE 36

ICHABOD CRANE

Altobelli 3-0-6, Barry 1-0-2, Meski 2-0-4, Ooms 3-1-7, Pullen 7-2-20, H. Smith 1-0-2, R. Smith 1-3-5, Wheeler 0-1-1. Totals: 18-7-47.

GLOVERSVILLE

Tisinger 1-0-2, Sleezer 1-0-2, Baldwin

6-1-16, Webber 1-4-6, Clemente 3-2-8, Carey 1-0-2. Totals: 13-7-36.

Ichabod Crane  8 13 15 11 — 47

Gloversville 18  8  7  3 — 36

Three-point goals: Pullen 4, Baldwin 3.

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