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COLONIE: Raiders run out of gas

The Colonie boys basketball team resembled a car running on fumes at the end of Sunday's Section II, Class AA quarterfinal game against Bishop Maginn.

The Garnet Raiders offense a well-oiled machine in the second and third quarters sputtered and stalled down the stretch, which allowed the Golden Griffins to pull away for a 67-59 victory at Albany's TU Center.

"It was more a lack of endurance (than anything else)," said Colonie coach Doug Kilmer. "We don't play deep into our bench, and you get (tired) running up and down that big court."

Tashaun Newsome did his best to carry Colonie (14-8). The junior guard, who transferred from Bishop Maginn last summer, scored 25 points and dished out several assists to put the Garnet Raiders in position to win the game.

Unfortunately for Newsome and the rest of the Garnet Raiders, Bishop Maginn was too tough down the stretch. The trio of Talor Battle, Shimeek Johnson and Terron Victoria scored 20 of the Golden Griffins' 25 fourth quarter points that put Colonie away.

"It's Sectional basketball " you never know what's going to happen," said Battle, who finished with 24 points. "Usually the team that capitalizes on the other team's mistakes comes out on top, and we were able to force a couple of turnovers late and get some points off of them."

Colonie had trouble getting warmed up in the first quarter, as Bishop Maginn (19-3) raced out to an 18-6 lead. But once Newsome made a pair of jump shots to start the second quarter, the Garnet Raiders took off. Within three minutes, Colonie cut Bishop Maginn's lead from 12 points to three points, and the Garnet Raiders stayed close to the Golden Griffins the rest of the period.

"The first (basket) is always the good one," said Newsome. "Once you get one down, you start feeling confident."

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