The Garnet Raiders are off until next week when they play Troy in the opening round of the Girmindl/Sand Tournament at Shaker. The event is a combination of Colonie's and Shaker's early-season tournaments " a move that Kilmer said was made by both schools when New York State Public High School Athletic Association-mandated cuts to basketball schedules threatened their existence.
"The state took away two [non-league] games because of budget cuts, so we would have had to lose one of the two tournaments," said Kilmer. "It would have been sad if one of the tournaments would have been lost because they pay tribute to two great coaches [Shaker's Julius Girmindl and Colonie's Pep Sand]. I think it's great how we saved the two tournaments and maintained our [crosstown] rivalry."
Shaker (3-2) enters the tournament off a 43-41 Suburban Council loss to Guilderland last Friday. The Dutchmen (1-4, 2-5) raced out to a 27-15 halftime lead and held on as the Blue Bison made a furious fourth-quarter comeback to get within a possession of the lead.
Scott Seiter scored 24 points for Shaker, which had won three consecutive games entering the Guilderland match. Ryan Ochs led the Dutchmen with 12 points.
Shaker faces LaSalle in the opening round of the Girmindl/Sand Tournament, which begins next Tuesday.
In other boys basketball action last week, Christian Brothers Academy rolled past Amsterdam 72-44 last Friday to set up a first-place showdown with Big 10 rival Schenectady Tuesday in Colonie.
Galal Cancer scored 18 points, and Max Weaver contributed 12 points for the Brothers (5-0), who built a 40-15 halftime lead on Amsterdam.
Loudonville Christian maintained its lead in the Central Hudson Valley League with a pair of home victories. The Eagles (5-0, 6-2) rallied from a big halftime deficit to defeat Germantown 65-60 last Wednesday, and they cruised to an 87-28 win over Doane Stuart last Friday.