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Boys basketball: Shea's shot sparks Shen

Plainsmen edge Mohonasen in fierce battle

Shenendehowa’s Brian Rogers stops Mohonasen’s Grant Massaroni’s drive during last Friday’s Suburban Council game in Clifton Park. The Plainmen ended a two-game losing streak with a 45-43 victory.

Shenendehowa’s Brian Rogers stops Mohonasen’s Grant Massaroni’s drive during last Friday’s Suburban Council game in Clifton Park. The Plainmen ended a two-game losing streak with a 45-43 victory. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Jackson Shea saw an opening, and he took advantage of it.

Shea hit a driving layup with six seconds left in regulation to lift the Shenendehowa boys basketball team to a 45-43 Suburban Council victory over Mohonasen Friday.

"I knew last game against Colonie [a 53-52 loss Dec.20], I should have driven to the basket, but I pulled up instead," said Shea. "Tonight I saw the lane open up, and I just drove."

It was Shen's first victory since Dec. 14 and helped the Plainsmen (4-2) keep pace with first-place Shaker (6-1) in the Suburban Council North Division standings.

"We needed this one," said Shen coach Tony Dzikas. "I think this was a good one for the guys. Mohonasen is a very good team."

"It was a great effort both ways," said Mohonasen coach Ken Dagostino. "We were just not possession smart tonight."

With 35 seconds left and the score tied at 43, Mohonasen (3-4 league, 5-4 overall) had a chance to take the lead when Billy Manikas was fouled going for an offensive rebound. Manikas missed both foul shots, though, which opened the door for Shen.

Junior guard Dylan Molloy -- who drained four three-pointers in the game -- held the ball at the top of the key until there were 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Molloy then passed the ball to Shea, and Shea powered past a Mohonasen defender to hit the winning shot.

"They weren't pressuring us, so I figured that if the weren't going to press us, then we'd hold the ball for the last shot," said Dzikas.

Up to that point, Shea had been mostly a non factor in Shen's offense. Mohonasen's zone defense harassed Shea into taking contested shots through the first three quarters. Shea's lone field goal in the first 24 minutes came on a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the third quarter with the Plainsmen trailing the Mighty Warriors 35-34.

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