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Schenectady Christian shooters grow cold in semifinal loss to Voorheesville

The Schenectady Christian boys basketball team picked the wrong night to go cold from the field.

The top-seeded Falcons made only 31 percent of its field goals including a 4-for-20 performance from behind the three-point arc in a 54-44 loss to No. 4 Voorheesville in Monday's Section II, Class CC semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

They did a good defensive job, said Schenectady Christian coach Chad Bowman. "It was a shot-maker's game, and we shot in the 20s. That's not going to get it done at this level."

Voorheesville's defense presented a unique challenge to Schenectady Christian. With two big bodies in senior Evan Christner (6-4) and sophomore Ethan Mackey (6-5) clogging up the lane, the smaller Falcons had trouble driving to the basket or picking up rebounds. And with guards Macky Lloyd, Nick Kinisky and Kevin Klembczyk contesting shots from the perimeter, Schenectady Christian could not get comfortable from behind the three-point arc.

"We got our looks, and we had good shots," said Bowman. "It was just a combination of both (solid Voorheesville defense and poor shooting)."

"We decided defensively to stop (Jake) Bowman and (Bryan) Bishop," said Voorheesville coach Don Catellier. "Nick (Kinisky) did a great job on Bishop, and Kevin (Klembczyk) did a great job on Bowman."

Schenectady Christian (17-3) built an early 11-6 lead on Voorheesville before the Blackbirds (14-6) went to work. Christner and Mackey each hit shots to cut the Falcons' lead to one point late in the first quarter before Bowman hit a jump shot with 4.5 seconds left in the period to make the score 13-10.

That was Bowman's last field goal of the first half, though, and it opened the door for Voorheesville to grab the lead for good. The Blackbirds scored the first eight points of the period with Christner and Mackey doing most of the damage. By halftime, Voorheesville had a 26-19 lead.

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