February 13, 2013
Some quick thoughts after viewing the brackets for the Section II boys basketball tournament:
• The CBA-Green Tech match-up I thought was going to take place in the Class AA finals will now likely take place in the semifinals after the Section II committee placed the independent Eagles as the No. 3 seed out of the Big 10. If it happens (and I think it should), it will be a great study in contrasts. CBA likes to take a disciplined approach, while Green Tech uses athleticism and speed to wear opponents down.
• Here's how one loss can affect the seedings. Bethlehem (14-2) had a better Suburban Council record than Shenendehowa (12-4), and the Eagles had as many standings points (18) as the Plainsmen (18). Yet, Shen wound up with the No. 2 seed and Bethlehem wound up with the No. 3 seed because the Plainsmen edged the Eagles 61-58. If the seeds were based solely on record, Bethlehem would have the No. 2 seed. But, that's not how it works in Class AA.
• It should be smooth sailing for top-seeded and undefeated Scotia-Glenville in the Class A playoffs. The only challenger I see is No. 2 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, and the Spartans will likely need to get past a semifinal match-up against a Glens Falls team that loves to shoot three-pointers. Maybe Robert Knightes and Austin Nydegger can deal with Scotia-Glenville's lockdown zone defense, but I think the Tartans are too strong for BH-BL or anyone else to handle.
• Top-seeded Watervliet better be on guard in the Class B playoffs. No. 2 Schuylerville and No. 3 Mekeel Christian Academy are both playing well entering Sectionals, and either No. 4 Catskill or No. 5 Cohoes has the ability to knock off the Cannoneers in the semifinals.
• Lastly, I'm hoping for a Class D final between No. 1 Argyle and No. 2 Loudonville Christian. I've seen the Eagles play a couple of times and have been impressed with the way they play defense. But, I'm really looking forward to seeing Argyle's Joey Lufkin in action. Lufkin leads Section II in scoring with an average of 36.1 points per game. It's going to take a special performance by Loudonville Christian on a neutral court to beat Lufkin and the Scots.
Tomorrow, I'll give you some thoughts about the girls basketball playoffs.