Friday, January 27, 2017

High School Fridays: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake @ Troy (boys' basketball), 1/27/17

With a week's rest after beating Averill Park last Friday, the Troy High boys' basketball team was back on the court, mid-term Regents exams behind them, to welcome the Spartans of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Two weeks ago, the tip-off time of the varsity game vs. Bethlehem was a full half hour after the advertised time of 7 pm, as the JV game ran long, likely due to a freshman game going to overtime ahead of it. Not so tonight.

After Burnt Hills won the JV game, the estimated tip-off for the varsity was around 7:05. If you're accustomed as I am to the later starts, this had to be a surprise.

An even bigger surprise was that tonight, Daniel Buie wasn't Troy's leading scorer. Fellow junior Joe Casale had a career high 23 points, 10 of them in the 1st quarter. Buie finished with 14, as the Spartans concentrated on him, and Buie ended up in rare foul trouble, finishing with 4 fouls. Burnt Hills hung around, thanks to Ben Keppler's game high 28 points. Unfortunately, the senior guard also ran into foul trouble, and fouled out with under a minute to go, and Troy pulled away for a 76-64 win to run their winning streak to 3 in a row.

Even more surprising was that the game was over before 8:30 pm, as the total time of the game, halftime included, clocked in at 80 minutes. However, the crowd was sparse because it was mid-term week.

Next for Troy will be Shaker on Tuesday, as they try to pick up some ground on Grey division leader Schenectady.
The Troy women feasted on the winless Lady Spartans, as the senior duo of Shallie Frierson and Sabrina Wolfe combined for 35 points en route to a 65-33 rout, giving the Lady Horses some momentum headed into their final non-league game of the season tomorrow at Long Island Lutheran, before finishing the road trip at Shaker on Tuesday. Troy finds itself back in 2nd place, 4 games behind Grey division leader Albany, which beat Averill Park tonight, knocking the Lady Warriors back to 3rd place with 4 league games left. The Lady Falcons have clinched at least a tie for their 2nd straight division crown.
Meanwhile, on the ice, LaSalle keeps rolling along, getting two more goals from Kevin Mainello, as the Cadets defeated Saratoga, 3-1. Ryan Murray had the other goal for the Cadets, now 10-1 in league play (12-1-2 over all). Next up for LaSalle is a rematch vs. Niskayuna-Schenectady tomorrow evening, before coming home to play Bethlehem Tuesday night. If LaSalle can run the table, they can clinch the regular season title.

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