Another close loss for Shaker

If it's a close game, the Shaker boys basketball tean usually winds up on the wrong end of the score.

The Blue Bison (2-4 league, 3-7 overall) suffered their fourth loss by two or less points when they fell to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 54-52 in overtime in last Friday's Suburban Council North Division game.

Shaker outscored BH-BL (3-2, 4-3) 16-9 in the third quarter to take a 40-35 lead, but the Spartans defense stepped up and held the Blue Bison to five fourth quarter points. That helped BH-BL come back to tie the game at 45. The Spartans then outscored Shaker 9-7 in overtime to pull out the win.

Paul Layton scored 11 points, and Hayden Skalski contributed 10 points for BH-BL, which won a Suburban Council game for the first time since Dec. 23.

Chris Hooks drained six three-pointers as part of a 21-point performance for Shaker. Robert Johnson added 10 points.

In other weekend basketball action, Colonie improved its Suburban Council record to 3-1 with a 61-37 victory over South Division rival Columbia, while Christian Brothers Academy raised its Big 10 record to 5-1 with a 64-48 victory over Amsterdam.

Colonie (5-3) established con-trol early against Columbia, out-scoring the Blue Devils 28-17 in the first half on its way to the victory.

Herb Tedford had his best game since returning from an injury. The senior center scored 21 points to lead a balanced Garnet Raider attack.

Kraig Arnold chipped in 15 points, and Kyle Mafrici added 13 points for Colonie, which hosted Shenendehowa Tuesday.

Joe Krong and Galel Cancer each scored 16 points for CBA (7-1), thanks to strong free throw shooting. Krong made all six of his foul shots, while Cancer had a 5-of-6 performance from the charity stripe.

Andrew Stire contributed 12 points for the Brothers, who visited Bishop Gibbons Tuesday.

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