Basketball: Saratoga fends off Guilderland in overtime

Young guards step up for Blue Streaks

— Both teams struggled to score baskets after Rach’s put back. Senior guard Connor Burg tied the score at 56 for Guilderland with a layup off freshman guard Andrew Platek’s entry pass from the wing, but that was the lone basket over the final three minutes of regulation.

Arciero started overtime by stealing the ball and scoring an uncontested layup. Crupi tied the score at 58 for Guilderland by following his own missed shot, but another Arciero steal led to a Byno layup to put Saratoga ahead 60-58.

Byno added a long jump shot with 50 seconds left in overtime, and Arciero made a pair of free throws with 16.4 seconds left to give Saratoga a 64-58 advantage. Crupi made a quick three-pointer to cut the deficit in half before two Byno foul shots with eight seconds left increased the Blue Streaks’ lead to 66-61. Crupi’s final three came with three seconds left.

“I was pleased,” said Osinski. “We hit two threes late to keep us in the game.”

Rach had 18 points for Saratoga, while Arciero, Byno and Smith each contributed 13 points. Crupi and Platek each scored 16 points to pace Guilderland.

Saratoga and Guilderland advanced to Saturday’s final by posting opening-round victories Friday. The Blue Streaks put on a defensive clinic in beating Glens Falls 48-33, while Guilderland raced past Section I’s Woodlands 77-47.

“We had a good weekend,” said Brock, who is in his first season as Saratoga’s coach. “It’s a good start.”

“I’m pleased with the effort the kids have given,” said Osinski. “We’re small. We give up size at every position. But we’re holding our own on defensive rebounds.”

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