POTSDAM - The Hammond Girls and the Madrid-Waddington Boys took divergent routes to the same destination, a berth in Saturdays Class D regional finals, in Tuesday nights twinbill of New York State Tournament basketball action at SUNY Potsdam.
M-W 49, Moriah 46: The Yellowjackets (17-7) erased an 11-point deficit in the second half and used three outstanding defensive plays in the final 30 seconds of an electrified fourth quarter to claim the win over Moriah (11-11). M-W earned a 4 p.m. matchup with Argyle at Hudson Falls High School and a rematch of last years regional which vaulted M-W into the New York State Final 4.
Moriah shot the ball well, their big guy clogged up the middle and they penetrated our man-to-man defense very well in the first half. We went to a zone in the second half and that worked better, said M-W Coach Aaron Jones.
Midway through the fourth quarter. Moriah had methodically built a 27-16 lead by controlling the tempo and the boards through the combination of smooth freshman center Dan Jaquish (12 points, 9 rebounds), crafty shot-making southpaw forward in Derek Brassard (16 points) and point guard Jessup Calkins, who did an outstanding defensive job in preventing penetration to M-Ws standout floor general Colin OBryan.
Jacob Barney opened the fourth quarter with a three to tie the score at 30-30. Eight lead changes and three ties later, the Vikings had a 46-45 lead on a jumper by Brassard and control the ball as the contest approached its final 30 seconds.
But the M-W defense denied the Vikings a good look and with the shot clock running down, Greg Thompson intercepted a pass to the wing and raced downcourt to a layup for a 47-46 lead with 29.4 seconds to play.
The Vikings bid to answer was snuffed as Maurice Rease intercepted an interior pass and netted two free throws for a 49-46 lead. A final desperation possession for Moriah produced two three-point attempts and OBryan blocked the second from behind at the buzzer.
OBryan (8 rebounds, 8 assists), scored six of his 14 points in the fourth quarter where Wright (10 points), who scored six points in third quarter, and Rease (10 points), who netted two threes in the first quarter, also netted clutch jumpers. Thompson (6 rebounds) finished with eight points and Zach Brock added four.
Tyler Pratt (6 points) and Ryan Shpur (8 points) both key clutch time jumpers for Moriah.
CLASS D GIRLS
Hammond 47, Elizabethtown-Lewis 31: In the first game of the night at Jerry Welsh Gym, the Lady Red Devils worked their way to an 18-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back in downing the Section 7 champion Lions.
Alyssa Crosby led the winning effort with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Gabby Marshall added 12 points followed by Courtney Bova with 10 as the Lady Devils improved to 20-2.
Lily Whalen buried three three-pointers leading the Lions (19-2) with 15 points. Shonna Brooks scored eight second-half points and Jasmin Barnes talled seven points with five rebounds.
Hammond will now get set to face Section 2 champion Fort Edward on Saturday at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury starting at noon.
CLASS C GIRLS
Hoosic Valley 44, Canton 25: In a state Class C first round matchup staged at SUNY Adirondack Community College in Queensbury, defending champion Hoosic Valley (20-3) relayed the momentum of an 11-2 second-quarter run past the Lady Golden Bears (19-3).
Emma Rexford anchored the Canton scoring with 15 points, including three three-pointers. Katie Christy chipped in six points while Kali Frank and Emily Pinckney with two apiece as the Lady Bears trailed 15-11 after the first quarter and 26-13 by halftime.
Cassidy Chapko scored 22 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, had seven steals and handed out four assists in leading Hoosic Valley. Alyssa Paul was the teams next leading scorer with eight points.
Hoosic Valley advances to take on Section 7 champion AuSable Valley in the Class C quarter-final round on Saturday at SUNY Plattsburgh.