Monday, January 26, 2015

High School Basketball: Games to watch this week 1/26-2/1

As midterm examinations rings upon our high school athletes, it brings a quieter week with most teams only playing on Friday night.

The games that are played are very important, with Sectional Seedings only three weeks away.

Please note, with the storm forecasted for Monday and Tuesday, these Monday/Tuesday games may be postponed.  Check with the home school district to ensure these games are still on.  As a general rule, if school is closed for the day due to inclement weather, the games that night WILL be postponed.

Monday, January 26th
Corinth (8-4) at Spa Catholic (8-6)
Waterford (10-3) at Berne-Knox-Westerlo (8-4)

Comments: Rescheduled from January 3rd, Corinth will get a better tune-up for their Class B Sectionals by facing Spa Catholic, who gave their tournament resume a better boost with their 20 point with over Northville on Friday night.  --  Waterford has rattled off five straight wins since falling to unbeaten Germantown, and will battle a Berne-Knox-Westerlo squad that is going to be competing with the Fordians for a good seed in the Class C sectionals.  This game was originally scheduled for December 23rd, but was rescheduled following the Kenneth White tragedy.

Tuesday, January 27th
Loudonville Christian (9-4) at Berlin (7-5)

Comments: Loudonville Christian failed to keep up with the pace being set by teams in the Adirondack League with their loss to Waterford on Wednesday.  With Germantown on Friday, it's essential that the Eagles put forth a good showing against the Berlin Mountaineers if Loudonville Christian wants to keep alive the chance to score a good seed and avoid a play-in game or a tough quarterfinal game in Stillwater.  Berlin, a Class C team, boosted their resume by shocking the previously undefeated Germantown Clipppers by outscoring them 24-15 in the fourth quarter on Friday.

Wednesday, January 28th
Broadalbin-Perth (8-4) at Mekeel Christian Academy (10-0)

Comments: Mekeel Christian Academy hasn't sweated much during their 10-0 season, beating several Class C schools by double digits in the Western Athletic Conference.  They will get a strong test on how good their 10-0 really is when they host Broadalbin-Perth.  The Patriots are the only team to knock off the Schalmont Sabres, another team contending for the top seed in the Class B Sectionals.  If Mekeel Christian Academy is truly one of four teams fighting for the #1 seed, they will earn it with a win here.  Otherwise Broadalbin-Perth returns to the conversation for a good seed, something they lost with their loss to Gloversville.

Thursday, January 29th
Catholic Central (9-4) at Long Island Lutheran (12-3)

Comments: Long Island Lutheran is a team that regularly comes into conversation for teams making their way up to Section 2 in March for the NYS Federation Tournament.  At 12-3, Long Island Lutheran is poised to make a return trip up the Thruway, with a 72-61 win over Albany Academy on their resume.  It's going to be a good test for Catholic Central as they try to get ready for Sectionals in three weeks.  What lessons Chuck Mack leans from this game will come in handy as Catholic Central hopes not to be one-and-done this year in the AA bracket.

Friday, January 30th
Lake George (14-1) at North Warren (11-3)
St. Johnsville (8-5) at Canajoharie (9-5)
Hoosic Valley (9-4) at Hoosick Falls (13-0)
Germantown (12-1) at Loudonville Christian (9-4)
Amsterdam (11-3) at Scotia (13-0)

Comments: A full Friday slate of games after midterms brings some key battles for sectional seeding and league titles.  Lake George can clinch their spot in the Adirondack League championship with a win over the second place Cougars, who they beat back in December.  North Warren nearly lost their second straight against Fort Edward on Friday, and a win here could get them back on track, and also keep them alive for the league title.  -- St. Johnsville (yeah, we know they've got a longer name than that) is a Class C school this year after being a D last year, and are one of five teams still contending for the WAC North Division title.  They're all chasing Canajoharie, the team the Wolfpack face.  The Wolfpack only fell by 5 the first time around, and a loss by the Cougars could create a more congested logjam at the top.  -- It was only a two point win for Hoosick Falls back on December 19th, but this time the rivalry is at Hoosick Falls.  It doesn't look like Hoosic Valley will scoop up the #1 seed in Class C after falling to Stillwater twice, Greenwich and Hoosick Falls, but they can help their season out and hurt Hoosick Falls's chances at a #1 seed in Class B with a win in Northeastern Rensselaer County. -- A chip in the solid foundation behind Germantown's bid for a #1 seed in Class D formed with their loss to Berlin on Friday, but they can Spackle it with a win over Loudonville Christian.  -- Amsterdam obtained a big win over Queensbury on Friday to better their candidacy for a top 3 seed in Class A, but can further their bid for a higher seed if they can be the first to do something no other team has in over 30 tries ... beat Scotia.  The Tartans continue to roll, and won the first meeting in Amsterdam by 11 back in December.

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