Saratoga Springs begins post-Jordan Stevens era with two wins

"I think everybody has a feeling that Shenendehowa is going to be above everyone in the league, and I tend to agree with that. Coach [Tony] Dzikas always has those kids playing very well," said Snyder. "But this is still high school basketball, and anything can happen on a game-by-game basis."

Jon Hammond's 17 points paced Ballston Spa (0-1, 0-1), which trailed Saratoga 33-13 at halftime.

Saratoga returns to action Friday when it visits Latham to face Shaker, while Ballston Spa hosts Shen.

Friday's game at Ballston Spa will be the first for Shen (1-0, 2-0) in a week, since its Tuesday game with Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake was pushed back to Feb. 16 to allow BH-BL to get all of its players the requisite amount of practice time they need to qualify for action. Several BH-BL players are coming off a long football season that ended in the state finals Nov. 28.

The Plainsmen looked good in their most recent game -- a 74-65 non-league win over Albany Academy last Friday. Shen outscored Academy 50-39 in the second half to pull out the win over last year's Sectional runners-up.

Matt Miner had 26 points, and Dan Lee contributed 11 points for the Plainsmen. David Benoks' 18 points paced Albany Academy (2-1).

In other boys basketball action, Saratoga Central Catholic began its season Monday with a 72-57 loss to Foothills Council power Gloversville. Dan Keehn led the Saints with 15 points, while Malcolm Mathias' 25 points paced the Huskies.

Saratoga Catholic's first Western Athletic Conference game was postponed Wednesday due to the weather. The Saints host Fonda-Fultonville Friday.

In girls basketball action Tuesday, Shen fended off Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 38-30, while Sara-toga handled Ballston Spa by a score of 46-31.

Allie Setter had 11 points, and Emily Weber added nine points for Shen (2-0). Maria Allocco led BH-BL (0-1) with six points and 14 rebounds.

Kayla Crawford's 17 points paced Saratoga (2-0) in its victory over Ballston Spa. Marissa Traver had 14 points for the Scotties.""

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