Guilderland's Matt Cerutti, left, and Marc DuMoulin, right, defend Malik Dare's shot during Thursday's Suburban Council game at Shaker.
continued Platek was the first Guilderland player to get hot. The sophomore guard scored 11 of his 17 points during a second-quarter spurt that turned a 17-11 lead into a 29-14 advantage.
"I think shooters shoot, and that's what I did," said Platek, who drained three three-pointers during the spurt. "I found my touch, and I just kept shooting."
"They knew to get the ball to Platek when he was hot, and he made his shots," said coach Holmes.
Shaker tried to battle back in the third quarter. The Blue Bison scored the first three points of the period to climb within nine points of Guilderland, and they cut the deficit to 10 points two more times before a 9-0 Dutchmen run effectively put the game out of reach.
"We just couldn't get any defensive stops when we needed to," said Holmes.
Simeone, Cerutti and Floyd took charge for Guilderland in the third quarter. Simeone made a pair of three-pointers on his way to an eight-point period, while Cerutti and Floyd each contributed six points.
"We keep telling Billy Floyd to shoot the ball because he's probably the only one who hasn't played as much, and other teams might not focus on him because of that," said Osinski. "But, he has that (shooter's) touch."
Simeone led all scorers with 18 points, while Floyd (12 points) and Cerutti (10 points) joined Platek on Guilderland's list of scorers in double figures.
"I thought we did a good job of penetrating and then kicking (the ball) out and finding good shots," said Osinski.
Andrew Holmes netted seven of his team-high 16 points in the third quarter to pace Shaker's offense. Dare, though, struggled to reach 10 points, and Tyler Hoffman was limited to three points in the second half after scoring six in the first half.