Schenectady Christian might not have one overwhelming player, but it does possess a strong one-two punch in senior center Matt McCarty and junior forward Jake Bowman. The duo helped the Falcons avoid an early exit in last Friday's regional semifinal against Brushton-Moira by combining to score 52 points in Schenectady Christian's 70-56 victory. McCarty had 31 points and 16 rebounds, and Bowman netted 12 of his 21 points during a 20-8 fourth quarter run that allowed the Falcons to break open a close game.
"That was a very athletic Brushton team," coach Bowman said. "That was a great game for us to be involved in."
Other Schenectady Christian players can step up, too. Junior guard Bryan Bishop drained six three-pointers on his way to a 22-point performance in the Falcons' 60-50 victory over Seton Catholic Saturday in Potsdam. Bowman contributed 18 points, and McCarty added 13 points and 10 rebounds in a game Schenectady Christian led by as many as 17 points.
With a balanced attack that also includes senior guard Jared Kulbako and sophomore guard Kelsey Collins, Schenectady Christian will try to knock off Sidney and advance to Saturday's state final against either Section VIII champion Friends Academy of Locust Valley (Nassau County) or Section V champion Campbell-Savona.
"We're just trying to build on the successes of the past," said coach Bowman. "It's exciting to get to the next level.""