Shen's last rally falls short

The Shenendehowa boys basketball team did not have a rally left in it.

Bishop Maginn closed the game on an 8-0 run to pull away for a 59-50 victory over the Plainsmen in Tuesday's Section II Class AA semifinal game at the Times Union Center.

Shen (19-2) rallied to take the lead twice in the second half and got to within a point of Bishop Maginn (8-13) before Demere Hannah's three-pointer late in the fourth quarter sparked the Golden Griffins' final run.

The boys had a great season, said Shen coach Tony Dzikas. "To end the season 19-2, to go 16-0 in the league and to continue the tradition we started here is a great accomplishment."

Shen entered the game with more height and more playoff experience than Bishop Maginn, but the Plainsmen had no answer for the Golden Griffins' relentless energy. Bishop Maginn routinely crashed the boards for offensive and defensive rebounds, and it used its aggressive man-to-man defense to force Shen into 18 turnovers.

"We knew it was going to be a battle," said Dzikas. "We had trouble holding on to the ball."

The Plainsmen also had a hard time staying out of foul trouble, especially Jackson Shea. The junior guard sat out much of the second quarter after picking up his third foul, and he went back to the bench early in the third quarter when he committed his fourth foul.

Without Shea on the floor, senior guard Jose Reyes tried to pick up the slack. Reyes led Shen with 24 points, but he only made six of his 17 shots from the field.

Reyes had the highlight of the first half when he made a buzzer-beating three-pointer from the half-court line to cut Bishop Maginn's lead to 28-27 at halftime. Shea then hit two consecutive shots at the start of the third quarter to put Shen ahead 32-28.

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