ROTTERDAM — Duncan Tallman's season took a turn soon after he produced one of the greatest scoring games in the history of Mohonasen High School basketball.
"I wasn't feeling 100 percent," the Mighty Warriors' junior guard said Tuesday night after a 51-45 Suburban Council loss to Ballston Spa. "My head, the shoulder ..."
Tallman said while the dizzyness and headaches caused by an ear infection have subsided in recent weeks, his right shoulder is still hurting, but he insists on playing out the season which holds much promise for Mohonasen (8-9, 11-9) in the upcoming Class A sectionals.
Tallman is playing with a torn labrum. The youngster said surgery is in his future to repair what he described as his 'shredded" shoulder.
"He continues to play hard," Mohonasen coach Josh Peck said. "He continues to play well. He draws the other team's best defender and he's still leading the team in scoring."
Tallman topped Mohonasen Tuesday with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. His two free throws with just under three minutes left in the third quarter gave the Mighty Warriors their largest advantage at 36-27, before Ballston Spa rallied.
"I missed one game," Tallman said of an early-January matchup with Shaker. "I've been on the varsity since I was a freshman, and I never missed a game before. I didn't like sitting."
Tallman had a monster game against Catskill at the Kirvin Cup in late December when he poured in a tournament-record 43 points. The Mohonasen school record is 44.
"He had that game against Catskill, and that puts expectations on you," Peck said. "That's not an easy spot to be in. He has handled it very well."
Tallman's 18 points were his high since the new year. He delivered 17 last Friday in a win over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, and has had three other double-digit efforts since the Catskill explosion.
"I'm just going to keep playing and try to help us win," Tallman said.
Before Ballston Spa came back late, Mohonasen put together a comeback of its own from a 17-9 first-quarter deficit.
"We gave up 14 points in the second and third quarter," Peck said. "We gave up 20 points in the fourth quarter. In those middle quarters we contested every shot, found shooters and cleared the glass. We've got to finish games."
Ballston Spa erased its 36-27 deficit with a 18-4 run that saw Luke Alteri, JJ Turner and Keegan Zoller net six points apiece.
Turner led the Scotties with 20 points which included four free throws in the final seconds after the Mighty Warriors got within 47-45 on a foul shot by Greg Van Epps.
"Down nine and we found a way to win," Ballston Spa coach John Lea said. "Our defense stepped up. We sucked it up."
Alteri 5-2-14, Bigelow 1-1-3, Blair 2-0-5, Turner 7-6-20, Zoller 3-0-9. Totals: 18-9-51.
Abdul-Aziz 4-0-9, Deas 0-1-1, Febbie 1-0-2, Monroe 2-1-5, Richmond 1-0-2, Tallman 6-2-18, Van Epps 2-2-8. Totals: 16-6-45.
Ballston Spa 17 4 10 20 - 51
Mohonasen 9 13 14 9 - 45
Three-point goals: Alteri 2, Blair, Zoller 3, Abdul-Aziz, Tallman 4, Van Epps 2.