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Monday, February 18, 2013

Tuesday's boys basketball playoff preview and Schuylerville jumpes to No. 6 in state

Schuylerville point guard Tyler Hayes
With the all the play-in games out of the way, the Section II Round of 16 boys basketball tournament begins in earnest Tuesday. According to the weekly NYSSWA rankings, Schuylerville (17-1) is now the No. 6 ranked team in the state, trailing only: No. 1 Olean (17-1), No. 2 Newcomers High (14-2), No. 3 Watervliet (10-8), No. 4 Eleanor Roosevelt (19-3) and No. 5 Ogdensburg Free (18-1).

Coach Matt Sgambati's Black Horses had a case to be the No. 1 seed in the Class B bracket because they are in the midst of a 16-game win streak and have not lost a game with leading scorers Shane Lyon and Dan Waldron in the lineup (the two were injured in Schuylerville's only loss to Broadalbin-Perth). Instead, the Section II boys basketball committee gave Watervliet the top seed and put Schuylerville No. 2. The Cannoneers have also had a great season, its only losses coming from forfeits due to an ineligible player, to Class A Albany Academy, and out-of-section opponents Bishop Ludden and Nazareth (Brooklyn). A Schuylerville-Watervliet Class B final would make for a great game but both teams need to take care of business in the early rounds of the tournament first.

Here's a list of Tuesday's match-ups and game times (click here for full brackets):

Class AA
Saratoga Springs at Troy, 7 p.m.: The Blue Streaks will have their hands full with the Flying Horses’ Javion Ogunyemi and Jerrell Reid. A Saratoga Springs win would be an upset to remember for a long time.
Bishop Maginn at Shenendehowa, 7:30 p.m.: Shenendehowa earned a home game thanks to its finish as the second-best Suburban Council squad. Bishop Maginn had a tough Big 10 campaign, losing four of its final six games.
Ballston Spa at Christian Brothers Academy, 7 p.m.: Ballston Spa comes into Tuesday’s game riding a season-high three-game win streak. However, CBA earned the top seed in Section II and is currently the ninth ranked team in the state.
Class B
No. 18 Granville at No. 2 Schuylerville, 7 p.m.: Schuylerville begins its playoff run with a game against Granville, a team the No. 6 state-ranked Black Horses beat 74-40 and 72-50 already this season. Coach Matt  Sgambati’s squad takes a 16-game win streak into the contest.
Class C
No. 15 Saratoga Catholic at No. 2 Lake George, 7 p.m.: Saratoga Catholic won its home play-in game against Cambridge to earn a shot against the No. 2 seed in Class C. Lake George is coming off only its second loss of the season, both coming at the hands of No. 1 state-ranked Class D squad Argyle.
No. 19 Hadley-Luzerne at No. 3 Greenwich 7 p.m.: No. 19 seed Hadley-Luzerne won at No. 14 Mayfield in a play-in game to earn a shot at No. 3 Greenwich. The Witches had a strong finish to the season and to earn third in the Wasaren League and in the Section II brackets.
No. 11 Hoosick Falls at No. 6 Mechanicville 7 p.m.: Mechanicville takes on Hoosick Falls in a rematch of last season’s Class C Championship won by coach Rian Richardson’s squad. The No. 6-seeded Red Raiders have a difficult league schedule to blame for their place in the bracket, but are 3-1 against Class C squads this season. Hoosick Falls earned a No. 11 seed.


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