Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys move on to Glens Falls

Gerard O'Shea did everything in his power to help his Averill Park boys basketball team against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, but he didn't get much help from his teammates.

As a result, the BH-BL Spartans are going back to the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Dave Fischer scored 18 points, and Hayden Skalski chipped in nine points to lead BH-BL to a 52-39 Section II, Class A quarterfinal victory over Averill Park Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College.

O'Shea finished with 28 points, but the rest of the Warriors only accounted for 11 points as the Spartans moved on to face Bishop Gibbons in Friday's semifinals in Glens Falls.

Our goal was to hold O'Shea to under 20 points, said BH-BL coach Bill Martin. "We didn't quite do that, but we didn't expect to hold the rest of the team to 11 points."

Skalski got BH-BL going by scoring the Spartans' first seven points as they jumped out to a 19-8 first quarter lead. Fischer gradually took over after that, as did Paul Layton and Jaret Falkowitz, each of whom scored seven points.

"When you're better balanced (on offense), you're a better team," said Martin.

O'Shea kept Averill Park in the game with four three-pointers, including three in the fourth quarter. But BH-BL matched the Warriors point for point in the final eight minutes to maintain its double digit lead.

The Spartans will now look to advance into Tuesday's class A final by getting by a Bishop Gibbons team that is coming off an 87-61 victory over defending Section II champion Glens Falls Saturday.

"They're big, they're quick and they run the floor well," said Martin. "So, we're in for a battle."

The only other Saratoga County boys basketball team to reach the quarterfinals was Saratoga Central Catholic, but the Saints fell to Hoosic Valley 51-50 Saturday.

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