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Friday roundup: Bethlehem boys, Shaker girls post wins

Eagles put distance between them and Columbia in South Division

The Bethlehem boys basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Columbias 73-63 in Friday's Suburban Council South Division game in Delmar.

Trailing 18-11 after the first quarter, the Eagles (7-1 league, 7-3 overall) started rolling in the second quarter and took the lead with a 19-point third quarter. Bethlehem finished strong by outscoring Columbia (6-3) 22-17 in the final eight minutes.

Casey McGraw had 25 points, and Nate Kane added 17 points to lead the Eagles, who stand alone atop the South Division standings at the midpoint of the Suburban Council season.

Girls basketball

The Shaker girls basketball team rebounded from its loss to Shenendehowa Tuesday by beating Niskayuna 65-13 Friday in Latham.

Twelve Shaker players entered the scoring column, and the Blue Bison (8-1, 9-2) limited Niskayuna to three points in the second half.

Madison Rowland led a balanced Shaker attack with 11 points.

Hockey

Saratoga Springs pulled away with four goals in the second period on its way to a 6-1 Capital District High School Hockey League victory over Bethlehem Friday at the Bethlehem Area YMCA.

Tom Naples and Devin Smith scored in the first period to give the Blue Streaks (7-2-0 league, 9-5-0 overall) a 2-0 lead. Mike Laymen then tallied 1:13 into the second period to give Saratoga a three-goal cushion.

Chris Caswell scored to pull Bethlehem (4-2-0, 9-4-0) within two, but goals from Laymen, Kyle Paton and Alex Luse sealed Saratoga's victory.

In other CDHSHL action Friday, Shaker/Colonie (5-1-0, 5-5-1) scored twice in the third period on its way to a 4-1 victory over Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa (4-5-0, 6-7-0) at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

Mike Mineau scored 15 seconds into the first period to give the Jets a 1-0 lead, but BH/BS goaltender Austin Clark came up big time and again to keep the Spartans in the game. Clark stopped more than 25 shots in a row at one point on his way to a 41-save night.

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