Big 10 scoring leader Anthony Mack of Catholic Central is out for an indefinite amount of time after sustaining a concussion in Friday night’s 74-65 loss to Schenectady at the Pat Riley Sports Center.
Mack departed the game 1:35 into the third quarter, and his loss was immediately felt, as Schenectady went on a 13-4 run in building a
50-34 advantage. The Patriots sealed the contest with a 16-2 run to begin the fourth quarter.
“I don’t know how long Anthony will be out. He doesn’t see a doctor again until Thursday,” Chuck Mack, the star freshman’s father and the Crusaders’ head coach, said Saturday night. “It’s not severe, but it’s not mild. It’s somewhere in the middle. I’m thinking 10 or 11 days from now, but we’ll have to see.
“He’ll want to be on the court in three or four days, but obviously, I’m not going to let that happen. He’ll go through all of the post-concussion screening.”
Mack is among the top freshmen in New York, with averages of 22.5 points, 10 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The 6-foot-5 guard/forward has scored in double digits in all 13 contests for the Crusaders (5-6 Big 10, 6-7 overall), including 30 twice.
As an eighth-grader, he nailed seven three-point baskets in a game against Amsterdam.
“He doesn’t go out there to get a certain number of points. He takes what comes to him,” said coach Mack. “He doesn’t force things, and I don’t ask him to. I ask him to rebound, play defense against their best big player and score something. We need something from him in order to win.”
The 14-year-old had already scored eight points Friday when he and Johnson Gooden-Prunty banged heads while going after a loose ball late in the first quarter. Mack returned early in the second period after the Schenectady medical staff tended to a cut in the back of his head, and he delivered seven more points while playing the remainder of the half.
Mack stayed on the bench after his father called a timeout early in the third quarter, and the two soon departed the school and headed to St. Peter’s Hospital.
“He got stitches, and they found that he had a concussion,” said the elder Mack.
Catholic Central will host Troy (10-1, 11-2) Friday and has games next week against Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (1-10, 1-12) and LaSalle (7-3, 7-5). Catholic Central stayed with Troy deep into the third quarter before losing, 78-63, early last month in a game that saw Mack contribute 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
“My kids show up every game,” said coach Mack, who counts sophomores Brian Brooks, Raiquan Harris and Paul Mainello among his leading cast. “We’ll fight and play and do the best we can. That’s all you can ask from kids.”
Catholic Central has battled the injury bug this season. Starting senior forward Jacob Bishop returned Friday after two weeks off due to a concussion. Reserve senior forward Nick Richards also missed some time with a broken nose.
Lufkin nets 47
Argyle senior guard Joey Lufkin turned in another monster performance Friday with 47 points in a 69-57 Adirondack League win over Lake George.
Lufkin set the Argyle record with 54 points against Whitehall early this month, and has had other outings with 40 (against Corinth), 39 (Bolton), 38 (Salem), 37 (Warrensburg) and 35 (Hoosick Falls, North Warren).
His line Friday in the matchup of 11-0 teams included five three-point baskets and a 12-for-12 free-throw effort.
Record run at Yale
Niskayuna senior Felicia Sciortino broke the high school’s 10-year-old 3,000-meter record with a 10:12.48 at the Yale Invitational Saturday.
Sciortino edged Saratoga Springs ace Keelin Hollowood (10:12.79) for ninth in the championship race, and bettered the 10:13.03 former Niskayuna star Caitlin McTague churned out in 2003.
Sciortino, Anka Parzych, Mary Kate Moran and Emily DeWald combined for a 9:45.46 to take third in the 3,200 relay.
Shenendehowa went to 8-0 in duals and dealt Shaker (7-1) its first defeat with a 115-69 boys’ swimming and diving victory Thursday in the Plainsmen’s pool.
Ryan Gordon (200 IM, 100 back), Nick Hooper (200 free, 500 free) and Eric Tsui (50 free, 100 fly) each won two invididual events for the Plainsmen.
Shenendehowa has lost only one dual meet since the start of the 2006-07 season. Pittsford topped the Plainsmen (117-68) in December 2010.
Niskayuna graduate Kayla Treanor scored a game-high five goals and added an assist in her debut with the Syracuse University lacrosse team last week, lifting the Orange to a 21-8 win at Jacksonville.
Treanor equaled the Syracuse record set by sophomore Kailah Kempney last season for most goals by a freshman in her first game.
Treanor had two goals and set up another in an early 8-0 run, and her goal with four seconds left in the first half gave the Orange an 11-5 lead. Syracuse is ranked No. 1 nationally on the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook preseason poll.
A three-time high school All-American, Treanor holds Niskayuna records with 213 goals and 323 points. She scored the deciding goal as a junior when Niskayuna beat Guilderland, 15-14, for the Section II Class A championship.