Mark Sausville isn’t counting his team out in tonight’s Big 10 boys’ basketball game against powerhouse Bishop Maginn at the Pat Riley Sports Center.
Schenectady’s head coach isn’t counting out a late-season run,
either, and a possible home game for the opening round of the Section II Class AA playoffs.
“I believe we do have a legitimate chance to put some wins together,” said Sausville, whose Patriots, 8-7 overall, have already won three more games than last season. “The kids are coming together. Our defense has been consistently pretty good, and at the other end, they’re buying in and making the extra pass, and that makes us more dangerous. We’re doing a lot of good things.”
Schenectady has games with Amsterdam, LaSalle, Albany and Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons following tonight’s matchup with Maginn, the state’s No. 5-ranked team. Schenectady has already beaten Amsterdam, LaSalle and
Albany by double digits, and despite a strong defensive performance, lost at Bishop Gibbons, 59-50.
Schenectady is 5-6 in the league, in fifth place among the nine teams.
“All of the teams in the league are getting better. Amsterdam with [Vinnie] Nicosia is certainly much better,” Sausville said. “Can we beat them all? It’s possible, and I’ll admit, I have thought about it, but all we’ve talked about the last few days is Bishop Maginn.
“We’re going into the game as good as we have been. We’ve practiced well. We’ve played well. If we made a couple of baskets and free throws the other night, maybe we get a win there. We had a chance.”
Schenectady went overtime with Catholic Central Monday before dropping a 67-62 decision. Reece Jackson scored 16 points in the game. Last Friday, the sophomore netted 13 in a comeback 64-63 victory at Troy. Senior Chris Lewis and freshman Derrick Millinghaus also scored 13 points as the Patriots rallied from a 41-23 halftime deficit to complete a season sweep of the Flying Horses.
“Troy came out sky high, and we were flat,” Sausville said. “My kids reacted to some of the things I was telling them. They listened, and responded.”
Sausville said he’s looking for a similar response against a Bishop Maginn (10-0 Big 10, 13-1 overall) team that beat the Patriots, 77-47, on Dec. 14. Sophomore Taran Buie and senior Terron Victoria scored 16 points apiece to lead the Golden Griffins in a contest that started their current nine-game winning streak.
“I’ve got a sense that we’ll defend a little better,” Sausville said. “The first time, it was bad. We buckled badly. We’ve got to maintain our poise.
“We expect Bishop Maginn to go in a few runs. We’ve got to weather them, and stay in the game if we’re going to have a little bit of a shot.”
Schenectady hung with Bishop Maginn for a quarter in the previous meeting, trailing, 15-10, before the Golden Griffins went on a 23-8 second-quarter surge.
“The key is to stay with them. We’ve got to try to hang around. If we do, maybe we’ll gain more confidence,” Sausville said. “We’ll know in the first quarter if we’re doing to right things.”
Bishop Maginn has done the right things all season, with its only loss coming against Jamesville-
DeWitt, the state’s No. 3-ranked Class A team, 68-66. The Golden Griffins’ streak since then includes a 54-45 win over Big 10 runner-up Christian Brothers Academy and Sunday’s 71-50 triumph over White Plains.
braves seek milestone
The Fonda-Fultonville girls’ basketball team will be striving for its 50th consecutive Western Athletic Conference Northern Division win tonight at home against Galway
Fonda-Fultonville hasn’t lost a Northern Division game since the 2003-04 season, to Saratoga Catholic (60-46). The Lady Braves (11-3) won five straight league games after that, went 12-0 the next three seasons, and are currently 8-0 behind Paula Egelston, Amy Hitchcock and Molly Sullivan.
rams remain at no. 7
Amsterdam remains at No. 7 on the latest USA Today East Region rankings for girls’ basketball.
Amsterdam is 15-0 this season, 36-2 going back to the beginning of the 2006-07 campaign, and has won 34 consecutive regular-season games behind team leaders Megan Gaugler and Brittany Stahura. The last team to beat the Lady Rams was Colonie (33-28) in last season’s Section II Class AA semifinals. Their last regular-season loss was against Our Lady of Mercy (65-61) to begin the 2006-07 season.
Amsterdam closes out its regular season against Big 10 teams Schenectady, Catholic Central, Bishop Maginn and Albany, and non-league opponent Kingston. Coach Eric Duemler’s Lady Rams have already beaten each of those teams by double digits, although Catholic Central has won eight straight games since starting out at 1-6.
Betsey Towne scored 12 points, and Saratoga Catholic (8-2, 8-6) extended its winning streak to six games with a 39-36 Western Athletic Conference victory over Mayfield Thursday night.
Jenny Porter and Sarah Hutcherson combined for 23 points, and Libby Schultz had five steals and four assists as Emma Willard
(4-0, 9-4) beat Hawthorne Valley,
56-4, in the Central Hudson Valley League.
WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
SARATOGA CATHOLIC 39, MAYFIELD 36
Fowler 1-1-3, Lavada 3-5-11, Morey 3-1-7, Allen 3-5-11, Rist 1-0-2, Mawrey 1-0-2. Totals: 12-12-36.
Carson 2-4-8, Anderson 1-2-4, Towne 5-2-12, Menzler 1-1-3, Diggins 0-1-1, Raccuia 3-5-11. Totals: 12-15-39.
Mayfield 8 6 8 14 — 36
Saratoga Catholic 7 8 13 11 — 39
EMMA WILLARD 56,
HAWTHORNE VALLEY 4
Pahalak 2-0-4. Totals: 2-0-4.
Schultz 2-0-4, McMannis 3-0-6, Johnson 2-0-4, Levy 1-0-2, Mullen 2-0-4, Kao 2-0-4, Porter 6-0-12, Painter 2-1-5, Murphy 1-0-2, Mogoli 1-0-2, Hutcherson 5-1-11. Totals: 27-2-56.
Hawthorne Valley 0 2 0 2 — 4
Emma Willard 12 16 16 12 — 56
DOANE STUART 69,
HAWTHORNE VALLEY 51
Jackson 5-8-18, Gallardo 6-2-14, Smeele 2-3-7, Ocean 1-0-2, Mullen 4-0-10. Totals: 18-13-51.
Cary 7-4-18, Frezon 5-3-14, Wager 5-3-13, Hohenstein 3-0-6, Stewart 3-3-9, Gehan 1-1-3, Sacca 3-0-6. Totals: 27-14-69.
Hawthorne Valley 9 14 10 18 — 51
Doane Stuart 11 19 17 22 — 69
Three-point goals: Mullen 2.