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So, which basketball team is Schenectady's best?

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So, which basketball team is Schenectady's best?
Gary DiNola's 1997-98 team is one of the city's best.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

Gary DiNola's 1997-98 state title-winning Schenectady boys' basketball team is always mentioned as among the best in Schenectady City School District history with its size, offensive firepower and willingness to dig in at the defensive end.

Here are four more teams that often seem to find their way into the conversation:

Nott Terrace, 1955-56

The team with Tom Mossey (Syracuse), Ducky Castelle (Xavier) and perhaps the greatest shooter in Schenectady schoolboy lore in Murray Melton (Columbia) lost only once in 19 games, to Binghamton on the road, and avenged that setback rather easily in a rematch at home.

Linton, 1959-60

Coached by the legendary Walt Przyblo, and led by Barry Kramer (New York University) and Jim Seaman (Syracuse), Linton swept through 16 opponents without a defeat and extended its two-season win streak to 31 games. The Blue Devils also featured Jack Washington, Bob Murray and Mike Sahr .

Linton, 1969-70

Behind big man Sid Edwards (Houston) and the backcourt tandem of David Modest (Providence) and Bill Suprunowicz (Syracuse), Linton went 22-0, won its second straight Section II Class A title and earned the state's No. 1 ranking. Edwards was flanked up front by capable Chuck Abba and Charlie Mack.

Schenectady, 2000-01

Like Schenectady's first state-title team, the Patriots put together a 28-game win streak before losing their only game at the Federation tournament. Jason McKrieth (Rice) earned his second New York title and joined with Rashaun Freeman (Massachusetts) to anchor a deep and productive lineup that included Adonist Barber, Fred Harris, Sequon Young and Josh Colafemina.

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