One rough game hasn’t stopped Schenectady basketball coach Eric Loudis from believing that great things can be accomplished.
“I told my kids at practice that I believe we can get the job done,” Loudis said after Saturday’s workout at the Pat Riley Sports Center. “If we run our game plan and put the ball in the hoop, we can win.”
While Schenectady played a decent defensive game, its offense faltered after a quick start in a 52-39 home loss to Troy Friday night. The Patriots play at home again tonight against the Big 10’s only unbeaten team in Christian Brothers Academy, looking to bounce back from their first defeat.
“We haven’t beaten CBA in a very long time,” said Loudis. “All the credit to CBA for what they have accomplished, but it’s been too long.”
CBA (5-0, 5-0) has faced hungry teams like this Schenectady (3-1, 3-1) squad numerous times for over a decade, and has won on most nights.
“We’re kind of used to that. We can’t let that bother us,” said CBA coach Dave Doemel. “What we’ve got to be concerned with is what we can do. Every team is going to give us a hard time. We have to match their intensity level.”
Expect both teams to dig in defensively tonight, Schenectady with its 3-2 zone and CBA with its man-to-man. Even though the Patriots had success against Troy’s man-to-man early Friday in racing to a pair of eight-point leads, Loudis expects the Brothers to show that look.
“I think we’ll face a full-out press, and when they drop off, they’ll be right up in our face. It’s worked for them for the last 12 years. I don’t see them playing anything different,” said Loudis. “They’re holding teams in the mid 40s. Why fix something when it’s not broke?”
CBA held Albany to eight fourth-quarter points and doubled that output to finish off a 70-43 win Friday. The Brothers limited LaSalle to 41 points and Amsterdam to 33 before that effort.
“We have played man-to-man. I don’t think we’ll abandon that completely,” Doemel said, before planting a seed for thought. “Troy, with their size and length across the back, did a good job of pushing them away from the basket.”
Regardless of the defense Schenectady faces, it must execute at a higher rate. The Patriots managed just one basket and three points in a second quarter when Troy switched from man to a 2-3 zone and turned the contest in its favor.
Darius Macon topped the Patriots for the fourth straight game with 16 points after the 6-foot-6 senior center had produced 18, 17 and a career-high 23 previously. The only other Patriot that came close to double digits was Randall Symes with eight off the bench. Starters Johnson Gooden-Prunty, Towan Hamlin, Cody Shafer and Keishaun Wheelings combined for nine.
“They realize they didn’t do what they had to do to get a victory,” said Loudis. “It was a learning experience. What I did like is how we kept hustling and battling, and we were able to cut a 16-point deficit to seven.”
“We can’t lay off people. We have to play our hardest and not let them get to the rim,” said Doemel. “They have guys who can score it.”
CBA does, too, led by Greig Stire, who is the lone returning starter from last season’s team that secured the school’s fourth straight Section II Class AA championship. The 6-7 junior center delivered a career-high 18 points against Albany, while newcomers Brian Renauld and Daniel Owens added 14 and 13, respectively.
Veterans Tyrell Ramsey and Nick Marini have also had double-digit outings, and 6-6 Nate Robinson, who missed CBA’s first two games while recovering from a concussion, is capable of doing so. Robinson was among the stars in last season’s Section II title-game win over Troy with a career-best 16 points.
“They move the ball well. They have a few shooters. Stire is coming into his own, and Robinson is getting into his flow,” said Loudis. “We’ve got to get out on guys, and hopefully we can use our height to our advantage. This is my first team that has any size to speak of.”
Loudis was not happy with his team’s work on the defensive backboard Friday.
“We gave up second and third shots, and sometimes fourth shots. Maybe it was desire. Maybe they were tired. There’s no excuse,” he said. “Part of our game plan was one shot and done. If we did that, I’m sure the game would have been closer.”
Schenectady last defeated CBA early in the 2005-06 season, 56-51. The Brothers beat the Patriots later that season, 67-61, and again in a playoff for the Big 10 championship, 72-43, as part of its 14-game win streak against the Pats.
Loudonville Christian romps
Mat Yamin scored 29 points, and Gabe Brown added 23 as Loudonville Christian School rolled past Hawthorne Valley, 79-47, in a Central Hudson Valley League boys’ game Monday.
Corey Rathjen’s 19 points helped Germantown down Heatly, 68-50, in another CHVL contest.
Natalie Picus and Kaylie Fish both scored 10 points, and Myan Ondreyko added nine as Saratoga Central Catholic beat Hartford, 41-34, in a non-league girls’ game. The win was the first of the season for the Lady Saints.
Haley Kilmartin hit for 17 points, and Abby Boyer added 14 as Fort Plain defeated Schoharie, 47-35, in a non-league game.
Hannah Bowersox of Schoharie led all scorers with 20 points.
Skylar Girard scored 18 points to get Glens Falls past South Glens Falls, 41-36, in a Foothills Council game.
Alexis Smith led South Glens Falls with 12 points.
LOUDONVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 79, HAWTHORNE VALLEY 47
Giatt 12-1-26, Haythe 5-0-10, Easton 1-0-2, Winter 3-3-9. Totals: 21-4-47.
LOUDONVILLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Brown 10-1-23, Hilton 7-3-17, Keener 2-0-4, Bellanti 1-0-2, Yamin 13-0-29, Phelps 1-0-2, Seaburg 1-0-2. Totals: 35-4-79.
Hawthorne Valley 17 10 8 12 — 47
Loudonville Christian 27 17 26 9 — 79
Three-point goals: Giatt, Brown 2, Yamin 3.
GLENS FALLS 41, SOUTH GLENS FALLS 36
SOUTH GLENS FALLS
Coon 3-3-9, Smith 2-8-12, Higgins 3-1-7, Curley 1-0-2, Potter 1-0-2, O’Brien 1-2-4. Totals: 10-16-46.
Girard 3-13-19, Agnew 1-4-6, Stamatel 2-0-4, Mason 1-2-5, Hammond 0-1-1, Harvey 3-0-6. Totals: 10-20-41.
South Glens Falls 7 7 9 13 — 36
Glens Falls 0 12 16 13 — 41
Three-point goals: Mason.
SARATOGA CENTRAL CATHOLIC 41, HARTFORD 34
Wicks 2-3-8, Spear 2-0-4, Lavin 4-1-9, Clearwater 2-1-5, Parrot 1-0-2, Eastman 1-0-2, Aubin 2-0-4. Totals: 14-5-34.
SARATOGA CENTRAL CATHOLIC
M. Mensler 1-1-3, Landolfo 2-3-7, Picus 5-0-10, Fish 4-1-10, A. Mensler 1-0-2, Ondreyko 4-0-9. Totals: 15-5-41.
Hartford 3 14 6 11 — 34
Saratoga Catholic 9 9 11 12 — 41
Three-pont baskets: Wicks, Fish, Ondreyko.
FORT PLAIN 47, SCHOHARIE 35
Kilmartin 6-3-17, Trembley 1-0-2, Boyer 4-6-14, VanLoan 3-0-6, Barhydt 2-2-7, Florian 0-1-1. Totals: 16-12-47.
Bowersox 6-6-20, Gaige 3-1-7, Blyth 1-0-3, Gathen 2-1-5. Totals: 12-8-35.
Fort Plain 12 3 17 15 — 47
Schoharie 5 4 10 16 — 35
Three-point goals: Kilmartin 2, Barhydt, Bowersox 2, Blyth.