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Warriors split tourney games

The Mohonasen boys basketball team turned in a schizophrenic performance at last weekend's Section II-Section V Challenge.

The Mighty Warriors dominated Finger Lakes League representative Wayne 63-38 in last Friday's opener at Mohonasen before losing to defending Section V, Class AA champion Batavia 52-38 Saturday at Union College.

I don't know what happened Saturday. It was like we had never played together before, said Mohonasen coach Ken Dagostino. "We had a lot of mental breakdowns."

The Mighty Warriors (1-1) had an impressive debut against Wayne (0-2). They jumped out to a 19-4 lead in the first quarter and never let the Eagles back in the game.

"That may have been one of the best games we've played in my three years here," said Dagostino. "Everything worked for us."

All of that was a distant memory when Mohonasen met Batavia Saturday at Union's Viniar Center. The Blue Devils (2-0) scored the first eight points of the game and coasted to a 14-point victory. The only consolation for Mohonasen was that its defense prevented Batavia from matching its scoring output from Friday's 63-38 opening round victory over Ballston Spa.

"We were never out of it," said Dagostino.

Senior forward Cameron Couball led Mohonasen's offense in both games. He scored 18 points against Wayne and 10 points against Batavia. But if the Mighty Warriors are going to continue to rise in the Suburban Council standings this year, Dagostino said the focus will have to shift from his forwards to his guards.

"This year we have shooters, which we haven't had in the past. So, we're going to change our offensive philosophy a bit," said Dagostino.

The Mighty Warriors opened their Suburban Council schedule Tuesday against Colonie. They host Guilderland Friday before playing their first White Division game next Tuesday at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

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