The Guilderland boys basketball team took another step toward an undefeated Suburban Council season with a 67-52 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Friday.
The Dutchmen (11-0 league, 13-2 overall) scored 16 of the first 20 points of the game and never looked back in solidifying their hold on first place in the Gold Division with three games left before the Suburban Council Tournament.
I thought we started out quickly, and that was good to get them down, said Guilderland coach Ron Osinski. "They had a good run in the third quarter and got (the lead) down to five (points), but we weathered the storm and came back to push it up to around 20."
"I thought we played well at times and did some good things," said BH-BL coach Bill Martin. "We just didn't do enough of them."
The Spartans (5-6, 7-8) contained Guilderland's leading scorer, Brett Marfurt, especially in the second half. The Colgate-bound senior finished with 15 points, but only managed three in the final 16 minutes thanks to the defensive efforts of David Fischer, who blocked three of Marfurt's shots.
"I thought 'Fish' did a pretty good job of controlling Marfurt," said Martin. "You don't stop him " you control him."
Senior guard Andrew Smith picked up the Dutchmen with a 21-point night, his best performance of the season.
"Whenever he's healthy, he goes at it," Osinski said of Smith. "I think this is one of the better games he's played this year " not that he's played poorly, but on both ends of the court he did a nice job."
Kevin Kost jump started Guilderland's offense with two quick baskets as part of an opening 6-0 run. The junior guard later hit a three-pointer to put the Dutchmen ahead 16-4 with 1:21 left in the first quarter.