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Saratoga Springs begins post-Jordan Stevens era with two wins

Things are looking good so far for the Saratoga Springs boys basketball team in the post-Jordan Stevens era.

The Blue Streaks (1-0 league, 2-1 overall) put 10 players in the scoring column on their way to a 57-38 victory over Ballston Spa in Tuesday's Suburban Council North Division game.

We've been getting better, and we've been playing well as a team, said Saratoga coach Mitch Snyder. "We have a lot of kids who can play."

Freshman Jack Morrow had his best game of his young varsity career, as he led Saratoga with 14 points. Mike MacElroy contri-buted 10 points in the victory.

"This is definitely a group that will be tough [for opponents] to prepare for," said Snyder. "In our three games, we've had three different leading scorers."

The one constant that Saratoga has shown this season is team quickness. The Blue Streaks are using their speed to overcome a lack of height since the 6-foot, 6-inch Stevens graduated in June.

"Overall, we do have more team speed than last year because our post players have speed and can keep up with our guards," said Snyder.

Still, Stevens' graduation is bound to be felt by Saratoga at times, especially when it goes up against teams with tall centers. That was in evidence last Saturday during a 42-37 loss to Vestal in the finals of the Saratoga Tournament. Josh Bailey, Vestal's 6-8 center, scored 10 points to lead his team to the victory.

"We're always going to see some big kids in the league [Suburban Council], so it will come down to playing defense as a team," said Snyder. "The other thing is that the kids [on Saratoga] who are 6-2, 6-3 are very tough nosed, and they don't give up points easily."

Saratoga is hoping its win over Ballston Spa will be the first of many within the league this season as it focuses on getting a high seed for the Section II Class AA playoffs.

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