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SCOTIA: Falcons fly into finals

"It's a game we're looking forward to playing Saturday," said Bowman.

Schenectady Christian survived a quarterfinal scare last Friday against Maple Hill. The Falcons saw a 15-point lead evaporate, but Jake Bowman scored seven consecutive points late in the fourth quarter to help Schenectady Christian edge Maple Hill 61-57.

The Falcons broke the game open late in the second quarter with a 10-2 run, capped by a Jared Kulbako three-pointer with four seconds left. The advantage swelled to 41-26 in the third quarter before Maple Hill went on a 24-7 run to take a 49-48 lead midway through the fourth quarter.

That's when Jake Bowman took over. The senior forward made a jump shot to give the lead back to Schenectady Christian, and then he hit his only three-pointer of the night to put the Falcons ahead 53-49. Two free throws capped Bowman's seven-point run.

"That three at the top of the key was a big play for us," said coach Bowman.

Tom Ciampa kept Maple Hill in the game with a pair of three-pointers, the second of which cut Schenectady Christian's lead to 59-57 with 19.8 seconds left. But McCarty made two free throws with 3.1 seconds left to seal Schenectady Christian's victory.

Jake Bowman led the Falcons with 32 points, despite being in early foul trouble. McCarty and Bryan Bishop each contributed 11 points. Ciampa had 21 points for Maple Hill.""

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