The Bethlehem boys basketball team's perimeter shooters proved to be too much for Colonie last Friday night in a pivotal Suburban Council showdown at Colonie High School.
The Eagles had the hot hand from beyond the arc, hitting 14 three-pointers on their way to a 76-67 win.
This is a great win for us, said Bethlehem coach A.G. Irons. "We were hot tonight. We hit a lot of threes. It's something we practice a lot and we run. It's our game."
"We played pretty much how we have been playing," said Colonie coach Doug Kilmer. "There's times when we look very good on the floor, and then we lose a little focus and effort."
The Garnet Raiders (4-2 league, 7-3 overall) took an early 6-2 lead after converting on a couple of Bethlehem turnovers. Colonie still had a 9-8 advantage with 3:45 left in the first quarter, but wouldn't hold the lead again until late in the third quarter.
Back-to-back three-pointers by Connor Muncil (12 points) and Gleason Judd (17 points) helped Bethlehem (4-2, 7-3) build a 17-16 lead after the first quarter. The Eagles then extended their lead to 46-33 at halftime after scoring 29 points in the second quarter behind more perimeter shots from Muncil, Judd and Joe Kane (17 points).
"We've got some guys that can shoot, and when they all get hot at the same time, it's fun to watch," Irons said.
"Going into the game, we wanted to take their three pointers away, and they only had 10 at halftime. So, we did a great job with that," Kilmer said.
Colonie came out strong in the third quarter and controlled play, outscoring Bethlehem 23-9. The Garnet Raiders closed the period on a 20-6 run that put them up 56-55 " a spurt spurred by a three-pointer from Tashan Newsome (14 points) and second-chance shots by Sean Peer and Jim Bacher (20 points). Herb Tedford also chipped in on his way to a 21-point night.