ROTTERDAM It looked like another typical Guilderland-Mohonasen boys basketball game.
The Dutchmen held a 26-24 halftime lead, and the Mighty Warriors looked like they would pester the Suburban Council South Division leaders the rest of the night.
But everything changed with one play early in the third quarter.
Guilderland’s Matt Cerutti stole the ball and cruised in for a layup to start a 22-0 run that helped the Dutchmen pull away for a 60-34 victory over Mohonasen Tuesday in Rotterdam.
The 26-point margin of victory was uncharacter-istic of the recent Guilderland-Mohonasen rivalry. Most of the games be-tween the neighboring schools had been decided by less than 10 points since Ken Dagostino left Ron Osinski’s Guilderland coaching staff to take over at Mohonasen several years ago.
Osinski said he thought Tuesday’s game would be similar to those match-ups.
“When I left the locker room (at halftime), I thought this was a game that would go down to the wire,” said Osinski.
Mohonasen’s Billy Manikas opened the third quarter with a layup to tie the game at 26, but the Mioghty Warriors (8-6 league, 10-6 overall) didn’t hit another shot from the field until late in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Guilderland’s offense got in gear. Cameron Dobbs drained a pair of three-pointers as part of a personal nine-point third quarter that helped the Dutchmen (10-4, 12-4) pull away. Matt Cerutti and Alex Gaines also contributed baskets during Guilderland’s 22-point run.
Dagostino minced no words in describing his team’s second half performance.
“We tanked. We gave up, and we tanked,” said Dagostino. “They played harder and much more physical than we did.
“We didn’t run anything. Their (defensive) effort really took us out of (our offense),” Dagostino added.
Mohonasen’s shooting woes were compounded by Guilderland’s dominance on the glass. The Dutchmen held a significant rebounding advantage as they prevented the Mighty Warriors from getting many second- and third-shot attempts.