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Boys basketball: Columbia fends off Colonie

Lott's 29 points pace Blue Devils in victory

Colonie's Nolan Smith drives to the hoop through traffic during Friday's Suburban Council South Division game against Columbia.

Colonie's Nolan Smith drives to the hoop through traffic during Friday's Suburban Council South Division game against Columbia. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Columbia overcame a slow start to defeat Colonie 83-77 in Friday's Suburban Council South Division boys basketball game.

Reader poll

Who is the Suburban Council's midseason MVP in boys basketball?

  • Jahlil Nails (Columbia) 47%
  • Connor Morelli (Bethlehem) 17%
  • Austin Nydegger (Burnt Hills) 1%
  • Andrew Platek (Guilderland) 34%
  • Nolan Smith (Colonie) 0%
  • Wildcard -- Noah Arciero (Saratoga) 0%

14998 total votes.

Colonie (3-8 league, 4-9 overall) scored nine of the first 11 points of the game, but Columbia (9-3, 9-5) battled back and took over with a 30-point third quarter.

Elijah Lott had 29 points, and Jahlil Nails contributed 24 points for the Blue Devils, who had a 63-59 lead entering the fourth quarter. Nolan Smith paced the Garnet Raiders with 24 points.

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