Guilderland's Brian Crupi soars in for a shot during Saturday's Section II Class AA quarterfinal game against Christian Brothers Academy at Hudson Valley Community College.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
continued In earlier Class AA quarterfinal action Saturday, Troy rallied to beat Bethlehem 55-53, Green Tech held off Shenendehowa 62-56 and Shaker downed LaSalle 60-49.
Bethlehem (17-3) had a 51-48 lead on Troy late in the fourth quarter, but the Flying Horses (17-3) scored seven of the final nine points of the game to pull out the victory. Jerrell Reid's three-pointer put Troy ahead for good.
Javion Ogunyemi poured in 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Troy. Connor Morelli netted 14 points, and Myles Bergere added 13 points for Bethlehem.
Awaiting the Flying Horses in Thursday's semifinal round at the Times Union Center is Shaker. The Blue Bison (18-2) advanced to their second consecutive Final Four appearance by knocking off LaSalle.
"We know they're a very good team, and we can't expect anything less than that," senior forward David Morrison said of Troy, which beat Shaker in last year's Sectional semifinals.
Shaker had a difficult time with LaSalle (13-7) in the low post, as the Cadets consistently pestered any Blue Bison who had the ball near the basket. But once Andrew Holmes drained three consecutive three-pointers in the last two minutes of the third quarter, Shaker had enough of a cushion to glide by LaSalle.
"We wanted to get him shots, and obviously he has the confidence to make them because he took them," said Shaker coach Jeff Holmes.
Andrew Holmes finished with 14 points, while Morrison chipped in with 13 points for Shaker. Ralph Erickson's 22 points paced LaSalle.
Maurice West scored 17 points to lead Green Tech past Shen (13-7) and into Thursday's other semifinal game against CBA at the Times Union Center. Jake Hicks had 16 points for the Plainsmen.