>33rd Boys NYSPHSAA Tournament
Friday-Sunday at Glens Falls Civic Center
Friday's semifinal games
II-Maple Hill (23-1) vs. I-Blind Brook (16-7), 1:30 p.m.
OTC Middle College (21-1) vs. IV-Moravia (21-2), 5 p.m.
Saturday's final: 7:15 p.m.
OTC Middle College starters: Darale Young-12 (6-3), Justin Stokes-12 (6-1), Davon Alexander-11 (6-3), Sean Mulhern-12 (6-5), Keante Jones-11 (6-1). Key reserves: Curtis Harper-11 (5-9), Devonte Harper-10 (5-9), Reggie Williams-11 (6-0), Patrick Johnson-12 (6-2), Cordell Torres-10 (6-1).
Coach: Randall Rich (second season)
OTC Middle College's final four history: First trip to Glens Falls for the second-year program.
State rankings: 1. Middle College (last week: 3); 2. Maple Hill (4); 3. Blind Brook (7); 4. Moravia (16).
Bracketology: Thanks to exceptional ball movement, Young, Stokes, Alexander and Mulhern are all threats to score 20-plus points. Young has been beyond impressive with his shooting and distributing in the postseason while Stokes can also hit the three and is explosive to the basket. Alexander has three-point range but is frequently seen gathering rebounds and putbacks along with Mulhern, who has a polished post game. . . . Moravia is led by 6-4 senior captain Pat Mott. . . . Local Section II (Albany area) favorite Maple Hill lost last year's title game to Section V's Avon, 61-55, and it has six players back. Among three returning starters is 6-5 senior Sean Danaher (13.4 points, 11 reb per game).
Friday's semifinal games
II-Germantown (18-4) vs. IX-John A. Coleman Catholic (29-2), 10 a.m.
Maple Grove (14-8) vs. III-New York Mills (23-0), 11:45 a.m.
Saturday's final: 5:30 p.m.
Maple Grove starters: Chris Secky-12 (6-2), Alex Grace-10 (5-9), Kevin McElrath-12 (6-4), Skylar Liddell-10 (6-0), Jordan Saxton-11 (5-10). Key reserves: Matt Fox-12 (6-1), Ryan Kibbe-11 (6-4), Wil Nelson-12 (6-0), Gage Milliman-11 (6-3), Connor Meekins-11 (5-10).
Coach: Curt Fischer (seventh season)
Maple Grove's final four history: Class D semifinalist last year, C state champion in 2008, D semifinalist in 1996, D state champion in 1995.
State rankings: 1. New York Mills (last week: 1); 2. Coleman Catholic (3); 3. Maple Grove (4); 5. Germantown (13).
Bracketology: Last year Maple Grove lost a double-overtime classic to Long Island's Greenport, 73-65. . . . New York Mills has won two straight Section III (Syracuse area) titles and four in the last six seasons. It is coming off a 65-38 regional win over defending state champion South Kortright in which 6-5 junior forward Fred Russ and 6-8 sophomore center Matt Welch combined for 28 points and 29 rebounds.
>30th Girls NYSPHSAA Tournament
Friday-Sunday at Hudson Valley CC, Troy
Saturday's semifinal games
Clymer (18-4) vs. IX-John A. Coleman Catholic (19-3), 9 a.m.
X-Harrisville (18-3) vs. IV-Davenport (20-3), 10:45 a.m.
Sunday's final: noon
Clymer starters: Mallory Deuink-12, (5-7), Kailyn Bentley-12 (5-5), Sydney Bennink-12, (5-8), Jenn Rhodes-12 (5-6), Andrea Lictus-12 (5-10). Key reserves: Hannah Neckers-12 (5-6), Stephanie Gilkinson-12 (5-9), Danielle Reinwald-9 (5-11).
Coach: Dennis Hinsdale (ninth season).
Clymer's final four history: First trip to Troy.
State rankings: 1. Coleman Catholic (last week: 6); 2. Davenport (8); 3. Clymer (not ranked); 4. Harrisville (9).
Bracketology: The Pirates have a tough test in private school Coleman Catholic, the defending state champion and top-ranked team. Polls might not mean much to Clymer, however, since it is coming off a regional win over No. 2 Elba. . . . Harrisville is located north of Fort Drum, about 40 miles from the Canadian border. . . . Davenport, also referred to as Charlotte Valley and located near Oneonta, is coached by 31-year coach Ray Preston (577 wins).
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Live blogging: News Sports Reporter Keith McShea will be providing live updates from courtside from the boys semifinals as well as any championship games Section VI teams play in.
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