There are only three undefeated boys basketball teams left in the Suburban Council following Tuesday’s action.
Bethlehem 62, Colonie 59
It took a big night by Hayden Thompson (24 points) and a late comeback for Bethlehem (2-1) to send Colonie (2-1) to its first loss of the season. For more information and a SPOTTED photo gallery from the game, click here.
Schenectady 77, Troy 74
Schenectady (3-0) maintained its perfect record behind a great night at the free throw line from John Ryals. The senior forward drained 17 of his 19 shots from the charity stripe on his way to a 30-point night for the Patriots. Daniel Buie kept Troy (1-2) close with 31 points, including four three-pointers.
Shaker 63, Saratoga 56
The Blue Bison (3-0) also remained perfect, despite an off night from leading scorer Jake Cook, who finished with nine points. Jake O’Donnell stepped up for Shaker with 19 points, and Sloan Seymour continued to do his thing, as he finished with 18 points. Adam Anderson had 22 points for Saratoga (2-1), which suffered its first loss.
Shenendehowa 55, Niskayuna 25
To its credit, Niskayuna (1-2) was in this game at halftime. But then, Shen (3-0) outscored the Silver Warriors 37-7 in the second half, and that was the difference. Luke Hicks’ 27 points helped the Plainsmen stay perfect.
Guilderland 60, Columbia 36
Both teams had a lot of players contribute points, but only Guilderland (2-1) had three players in double figures, led by Michael Wine’s 15 points. Meanwhile, Columbia (0-3) continued its quest to find a go-to guy, as no one scored more than seven points.
Averill Park 54, Mohonasen 40
Mohonasen (0-3) can certainly sympathize with Columbia in terms of finding a reliable scorer. The Mighty Warriors got seven points from Avery Deas and six points from three other players, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with Noah Yearsley (21 points) and Averill Park (1-2 league, 2-2 overall).
Albany 77, Christian Brothers Academy 57
CBA (0-3) had no answer for Albany’s Hamadi Gaddy, who lit up the scoreboard with a 28-point night. At least, the Brothers can point to a better balanced offensive effort, as Pete O’Toole netted 13 points, while Nick DeBrino and Jordan King each contributed 12 points. All in all, it was a good bounce-back win for Albany (2-1), who fell to Colonie 72-64 on Dec. 9.
Ballston Spa 71, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 55
Jordan Hipwell was in a zone for the Scotties (2-1). He drained six three-pointers on his way to a 25-point night. BH-BL (0-3) had three players in double figures, led by Joseph Petroski’s 21-point performance, but not much in the way of scoring balance throughout the lineup as the rest of the Spartans managed a total of 11 points.
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