GLENS FALLS – The Dolan brothers will have one more memory to add to the collection they’ve amassed as teammates over the years.
Unfortunately for them and their Williamsville South teammates, it’s not the one that involves “We are the champions,” blasting on the Glens Falls Civic Center sound system while they are all celebrating madly at center court.
The longest postseason run in Billies (22-4) boys basketball history is over.
Section II champion and potential-state-champion-in-waiting Troy (19-5) saw to it Saturday morning before a crowd of an estimated 2,000. The Flying Horses shot lights out for most of this New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class A semifinal contest against a Section VI champion that struggled to find its shooting stroke as Troy advanced with a 78-39 victory.
The Flying Horses will face either Elmont or Byram Hills for the state title at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center.
Jordan Buell’s trey just 1 minute, 20 seconds into the contest gave South 3-2 lead. Little did the Billies know that would be the last time they’d be ahead in this one. Darius Holmes-Hines scored five points and Ryan Carmello had two and an assist during a 9-1 run that allowed the Flying Horses to take the lead for good.
While Billies coach Gabe Michael said this loss was on him for not having his team as prepared as it should be, something senior Graham Dolan refuted, no amount of preparation can beat a team that makes its shots.
Troy shot at a nearly 54-percent clip in the first half, canning 5-of-10 three-pointers, to take a 40-19 lead into the intermission. While the Flying Horses were making shots outside and inside against a defense that came in yielding just xx.x points per game, South’s offense struggled against the 2-3 zone – making just 7 of 21 in the first half. For the game the Billies shot 26.5 percent, including 3 for 22 from three-point range.
Sophomore Daniel Buie scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half for Troy while senior big man Jack McLaren had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Buie went 4 for 8 from beyond the arc as the Horses finished 9 for 18 from long range.
When sophomore point guard Greg Dolan (11 points, eight rebounds, four assists) hooked up on an alley-oop with older brother Graham (12 points with 5:47 left, that made the score 67-29 Troy, but at least gave the two a positive memory from their time on the court in Glens Falls.
Though this wasn’t the ending South envisioned, it doesn’t change the fact these Billies went further than any other squad before them in school history.