Dutch build cushion

"I was concerned a little bit because I thought we came out a little loose," said Osinski. "But each team has its own personality, and I'm still learning this one's personality. We may have been a little loose, but once they stepped on the court, they were ready to go."

Guilderland was certainly ready for Colonie last Tuesday. The Dutchmen built a 30-19 halftime lead and fended off several Garnet Raider runs in the second half to pull out a 57-52 victory.

"All the preseason (predictions) you heard was about how Colonie and Guilderland were the teams to beat in the Suburban Council," said Osinski. "I'm not sure about that because there's some other good teams out there like Shenendehowa and Bethlehem, but I think it was a good win for us because it's the only time we play (Colonie)."

Marfurt scored 18 points, and Terry contributed 14 points for the Dutchmen. Tashan Newsome led Colonie (3-1, 5-1) with 18 points.

Guilderland had one Suburban Council game left before the Christmas break " a Tuesday showdown with Niskayuna. The Dutchmen are then off until Dec. 27 when they play Big 10 power Christian Brothers Academy in the first round of the Columbia Tournament in East Greenbush.

"Whether we win or lose that game, it makes us a better team," said Osinski, whose team's only loss came against defending Section II, Class AA champion Bishop Maginn last month. "Losing to Maginn made us a better team.""

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