The quest for a state title: Final four scoreboard

The quest for a state title: Final four scoreboard


The quest for a state title: Final four scoreboard


The Glens Falls Civic Center will host the NYSPHSAA boys basketball state championships from March 11-13, 2016.

The Glens Falls Civic Center will host the NYSPHSAA boys basketball state championships from March 11-13, 2016.

Three local teams still remain alive and will compete for NYSPHSAA state championships this weekend: Byram Hills, Haldane and Clark Academy. None of the three have ever won a state title in boys basketball, so they are aiming for an historic weekend.

In case you missed it, here’s what we had on each team this week:

Byram Hills: Lou Filippelli, star QB, gives Byram whatever it needs w/scouting report on semifinal vs. Elmont

Haldane: New team, same result for Haldane w/scouting report on semifinal vs. Moravia

Clark: Anthony Gaines: The gentle giant of Clark basketball w/scouting report on semifinal vs. Oriskany

I will be in Glens Falls as long as the teams stay alive this weekend, along with photographer Frank Becerra Jr. You will find all of our coverage on the Varsity Insider blog, including final scores, game recaps and links to our coverage in this very post. Don’t forget to follow me @lohudinsider for in-game updates.


All games at the Glens Falls Civic Center

Friday, March 11

Class D state semifinals

Moriah 62, Panama 59

Oriskany 59, Clark 40

Class C state semifinals

Middle Early College 75, AuSable Valley 51

Haldane 36, Moravia 34

Saturday, March 12

Class A state semifinals

Troy 78, Williamsville South 39

Elmont 50, Byram Hills 48

Class D state championship

Oriskany 79, Moriah 54

Class C state championship

Middle Early College 82, Haldane 40

Sunday, March 13

Class A state championship

Troy (Section 2) vs. Elmont (Section 8), 1:30 p.m.

Find brackets of all five classes in competition this weekend at the Civic Center on


Friday, March 11

Class D state semifinal

Oriskany 59, Clark 40: At the Glens Falls Civic Center, Clark surrendered a 9-0 run in the final 45 seconds of the first half after briefly taking a two-point lead. The Knights (15-9) never recovered and fell in their first appearance in the state final four. Clark shot just 16 for 55 (29 percent) and was outrebounded 49-37 by the unbeaten Section 3 champ, which will play Section 7 champ Moriah at 5:30 Saturday night for the state title. They are the No. 1 and 2-ranked Class D teams in the state.

Shamis Lasher led Oriskany (26-0) with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Ryan Schmadel added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Warcup added 11 points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Redskins a 26-19 lead at the half. Jayquay Wilkes had briefly given Clark its second lead all game (and first since 2-0) when he hit a 3-pointer for a 19-17 lead with 1:33 left in the first half. The Knights had struggled to start the game; they fell behind 12-3 at the end of the first quarter and they experienced a similar drought after trailing by just six points entering the fourth quarter.

Wilkes came off the bench to score a team-high 12 points and had seven rebounds. Senior star Andre Carthorn was limited to nine points and five rebounds and shot just 4 for 20, including 1 for 7 from 3. Second-leading scorer Taiquam Johnson, another senior, had just four points.

Box score: Oriskany 59, Clark 40

Story: Loss of focus dooms Clark in semifinal loss

Video: Clark falls to Oriskany

Photo gallery: Clark Academy falls to Oriskany in Class D semifinal

Class C state semifinal

Haldane 36, Moravia 34: At the Glens Falls Civic Center, Haldane defending a go-ahead shot attempt on the final possession to advance to Saturday’s state championship game. It will be the first state title game in program history. The Blue Devils (17-9) will meet Section 6’s Middle Early College at 7:15 Saturday night.

Will Zuvic had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead Haldane before fouling out in the fourth quarter. David Rotando added nine points, including a pair of free throws with 21.5 seconds remaining that provided the winning points. After Nick Chiera missed the front end of a 1-and-1 10 seconds later, Rotando blocked a desperate 3-point attempt by Moravia’s Jared Lyon just before the buzzer. (WATCH HERE)

Tucker Beachak had six points, eight rebounds and four assists, but shot 3 for 15 from the field and 0 for 3 from 3. Haldane’s defense held Moravia (20-5) to 28 percent shooting and allowed just four two-point field goals.

Box score: Haldane 36, Moravia 34

Story: Harrowing finish has Haldane playing for state title

Video: Haldane wins Class C semifinal

Photo gallery: Haldane wins Class C semifinal

Saturday, March 12

Class A state semifinal

Elmont 50, Byram Hills 48: At the Civic Center, Skylar Sinon missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer as Byram’s rally from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit came up just short. Elmont (Section 8) advanced to play Troy (Section 2) at 1:30 Sunday in the Class A state championship game.

Sinon’s go-ahead 3-point attempt came shortly after he intentionally missed the back end of a one-and-one. Sinon rocketed the shot off the rim as soon as he received the ball from the official and the officials inadvertently blew a whistle for a lane violation. After conferring with 4.5 seconds left and Byram down two, the officials awarded the ball to the Bobcats out of bounds, setting up the final shot.

Byram Hills struggled shooting all game and started 0 for 9 from 3-point land. Lou Filippelli finally made one late in the third quarter and it was one of four 3-pointers the team made over the final nine minutes. After falling behind by 10 early in the fourth quarter, Byram pulled within 3 on Jared Friedberg’s 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining. The Bobcats got the ball back with 8.3 seconds left with a defensive stop, but Elmont fouled Sinon, leading to the 1-and-1.

Sinon led Byram Hills with 14 points and six assists, but he was held to 3-for-17 shooting. Matt Groll had 12 points, 11 rebounds and three steals and Lou Filippelli added eight points and eight rebounds.

Travis Robinson-Morgan had 12 points (all in the first half0 to lead Elmont (21-3). KC Ndefo caused problems for Byram Hills’ shooters. He finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Box score: Elmont 50, Byram Hills 48

Story: Byram Hills rally falls one shot short in state semis

Photo gallery: Byram Hills falls to Elmont

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