Dutchmen close game

Marfurt's biggest shot came at the end of the third quarter. After Saratoga cut Guilderland's lead to seven points, Marfurt drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Dutchmen ahead 50-40. The Blue Streaks never challenged after that.

"We've had a lot of big shots hit on us this season, and the three-pointer that Marfurt hit at the end of the third quarter was a big shot," said Snyder. "It unfortunately takes a little wind out of your sails. Here I thought we'd be down seven entering the fourth quarter, and he made it a 10-point lead."

Senior guard Ryan James and junior center James Tucker did what they could to keep Saratoga in the game. James scored 18 points, and Tucker contributed 15 points, but Guilderland's defense eventually shut both players down during the decisive second half.

"I thought Paul Booker came in and did a good job (defensively) on their big kid Tucker because we had a little trouble with him in the first half," said Osinski.

Saratoga will need more efforts like that from James and Tucker in the next six weeks. That's how long Snyder estimates he'll be without Stevens, the reigning Suburban Council Player of the Year.

"I hope that the guys will realize they have to step up in different roles because we won't have someone that averages 25 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots a game out there," said Snyder. "I think we took a step in that direction tonight."

Guilderland returned to action Tuesday when it traveled to Bethlehem for a key Gold Division battle, while Saratoga hosted Niskayuna.""

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