Guilderland gave itself a little breathing room in the third quarter. The Dutchmen scored the first six points of the period and eventually built a 39-29 lead before Colonie went on an 8-2 run to get back into the game.
"We came out a little flat in the third quarter, which I didn't expect," said Kilmer. "Once we regrouped from that, we played pretty even with them."
Guilderland made another attempt to put the game away with a 9-2 mini run that extended from the final 20 seconds of the third quarter through the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, but Colonie didn't go away. Three-pointers by Tashan Newsome and Kyle Mafrici cut the deficit to 55-51 with 1:39 left. Three free throws by Newsome and Peer's basket helped the Garnet Raiders make it a one-possession game before Kost and Smith each made foul shots to seal the Dutchmen's victory.
"We showed a lot of heart and a lot of pride, and that's something that was lacking in a couple of our losses," said Newsome, who led Colonie with 21 points.
Terry contributed 16 points, and Smith added nine points to help Guilderland earn the Division I tournament title. Tedford aided Colonie with 17 points, and Peer chipped in 10 points.
Both teams will have plenty of time to recover from Sunday's showdown. The Section II, Class AA playoffs won't start for them until next week.
"The wait is tough because you get this momentum going, and then you get one or two weeks off," said Marfurt. "We have to try to keep our edge in practice."
"You have to shake up practice " go to the weight room, watch some (game) film," said Kilmer. "We might get a scrimmage later in the week.""