Mohonasen’s Billy Manikas, right, loses out on a rebound to Guilderland’s `Brian Crupi during Tuesday’s Suburban Council South Division game.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
continued “Not a good performance for us. Not a good performance at all,” said Dagostino.
The first half followed the pattern for a typical Guilderland-Mohonasen meeting. The Dutchmen opened up a lead, only to see the Mighty Warriors fight back and close the gap. In the case of Tuesday’s contest, Guilderland led by as many as 10 points in the first half, but an 8-3 Mohonasen run at the end of the second quarter closed the gap to 26-24.
Mohonasen limited Dobbs to nine points in the first half, but the Mighty Warriors couldn’t contain the Suburban Council’s leading scorer the entire night. Dobbs finished the night with a game-high 22 points.
“He shot the ball well tonight,” Osinski said of Dobbs, who averages 21.5 points per game.
“Dobbs is a very good player,” said Dagostino. “He’s the best player in the Suburban Council, and he’s going to get his (points).”
Billy Manikas and Grant Massaroni were seemingly on track for big nights for Mohonasen. Manikas had eight points in the first half, while Massaroni contri-buted seven points over the first eight minutes.
Both shooters went ice cold in the second half, though, as did the rest of Mohonasen’s offense. Manikas finished with 10 points, while Massaroni didn’t score a point in the final 16 minutes. No other Mohonasen player had more than six points.
Guilderland’s win — coupled with Bethlehem’s 53-49 loss to Colonie Tuesday — moved the Dutchmen back into a tie with the Eagles for first place in the South Division. Guilderland has the inside track for the division title, since it has more standings points than Bethlehem.
“I felt this was a must win for us in order to get a good seed for Sectionals,” said Osinski, whose team had lost to Columbia and Bethlehem in its two previous games. “You want to play your best at the end of the season, and we weren’t playing our best.”
Ironically, Mohonasen can help Guilderland take over sole possession of first place in the South Division with a win over Bethlehem (10-4, 10-6) Friday in Delmar. Guilderland travels to last-place Averill Park Friday.
“It’s a tough week for us,” said Dagostino. “Guilderland and Bethlehem are the top teams in our division.”