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SARATOGA SPRINGS: Blue Streaks remain red hot in Suburban Council

Suburban Council opponents can't stop the Saratoga boys basketball team. They can only hope to slow the Blue Streaks down.

Guilderland tried doing that Friday, but Saratoga used a pair of surges to pull away for a 56-46 victory.

I thought to come out on the road against a good Guilderland team and gut out a win says a lot about this team, said Saratoga coach Mitch Snyder.

The Blue Streaks (6-0 league, 8-2 overall) held Guilderland to eight points in the second quarter, which helped them take a 25-19 lead into halftime.

Saratoga increased its lead to 12 points in the fourth quarter before Guilderland (3-3, 6-4) made a run to cut the deficit in half. But the Blue Streaaks pulled away again in the final three minutes with a pair of fast break layups and several free throws.

Jordan Stevens led Saratoga with 22 points, while Garrett Bishop contributed 15 points and Dan Harkins added 10 points.

"He was huge the whole game, but epecially in the first half," Snyder said of Harkins.

Mark Domaracki had 16 points, and Brett Marfurt added 13 points for Guilderland, but no other Dutchman reached double figures in scoring.

"I thought we did a nice job on their scorers (Domaracki and Marfurt)," said Snyder. "They're going to get their points, but we did a good job of limiting them."

Saratoga returned to action Tuesday night against Niskayuna. The Blue Streaks visit Shaker Friday before hosting Bethlehem next Tuesday.

In other Suburban Council games Friday, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake nipped Niskayuna 59-58, Columbia edged Shenendehowa 57-52 and Shaker defeated Ballston Spa 53-33.

BH-BL (3-3, 5-5) led 27-20 at halftime, but Niskayuna chipped away until it took a 58-57 lead late in the fourth quarter. Jaret Falkowitz then drove for a layup in the final five seconds to give the Spartans the victory.

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