Zach Morton leads Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to title

"It's just a testament to coach [Dudas]," said Morton. "We worked a lot on catching the ball in the high post and then working some jukes and some shot fakes to get close to the basket."

Morton carried BH-BL through a difficult first half. Lansingburgh built a 12-4 first-quarter lead before Morton started hitting several shots in the low post to help the Spartans chip away at the deficit.

BH-BL grabbed the momentum just before halftime when Meyers hit a short jump shot at the buzzer to give his team a 25-24 lead. Brandon Beatty then sank a three-pointer and a long jump shot in the first minute of the second quarter to put the Spartans ahead 30-24.

Lansingburgh got its offense going for a brief time in the third quarter and took a 37-36 lead on a basket by Sajae Pryor, but Philip Neumann hit a free throw to tie the game at 37 at the end of the period. The Knights never led again, though they had several opportunities in the fourth quarter to grab the advantage as the Spartans' offense struggled.

Once overtime came, BH-BL took command. Morton opened the period with a jump shot, and Keaton Flint followed with a three-pointer to put the Spartans ahead 49-44.

"It's a huge spurt because all of the sudden you've got a sixth guy out there, and his name is Mo for momentum," said Dudas.

BH-BL looks to ride that momentum into Friday's regional semifinal against Section X champion Massena at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The winner of that game meets defending state champion Jamesville-DeWitt Saturday night at HVCC.

"I think we've finally caught up to the other teams, and we're playing well at the right time," said Morton.""

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