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Champions Are Crowned in Section II Hoop Tournaments

It was championship Saturday in Section II boys and girls basketball at the Glens Falls Civic Center and Hudson Valley Community College.

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The Watervliet programs had a successful day as the boys easily defeated Cohoes, 70-40, to win the Class B crown and the girls got past a stubborn Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk team, 49-43, to earn a shot at the B title.

Of course, the big game is ready to be played Monday at the Times Union Center when CBA of Albany and Troy battle for the Class AA crown. The game starts at 7 p.m.

In the two previous meetings, Troy prevailed, 45-43, on Jan. 3 and CBA got the advantage on Feb. 7 with a 52-50 triumph.

Here is a rundown on the games:

Boys

Class D championship

Argyle 51, Hartford 35

Josh Horton had 22 points and tourney MVP Joey Lufkin added 12 to lead 18-1 Argyle. Tad Jones tallied 13 points for Hartford.

Class C championship

Mechanicville 39, Hoosick Falls 38

Jordan McBride, the Class C MVP, hit 18 points to spark the Red Raiders. Matt Gormley and Tanner Williams each delivered 10 points on the Hoosick Falls side.

Class B championship

Watervliet 70, Cohoes 40

MVP Antoine Johnson and Jordan Gleason each scored 17 points for the Cannoneers, now 21-1 this season. Eli Newsome led Cohoes with 13 points.

Class A championship

Scotia-Glenville 59, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 43

Chris Zanta was voted the MVP and scored 15 points while Joe Cremo led the charge with 24 points. James Vice and Johnny Villanueva had 16 and 11 points, respectively for the Knights.

Girls

Class AA championship

Colonie 64, Albany 55

Sydnie Rosales came through with a sparkling 23 point-effort, and the MVP honor. Ashley Loggins had 22 points and Jaclyn Welch added 12.

Emia Willingham-Hurst paced Albany scoring 19 points and Breahanda Stratton added 13.

Class A championship

Averill Park 41, Scotia-Glenville 33

Brooke O’Shea led the Warriors with 13 points. Cassie Broadhead paced Scotia pumping in 15 points.

Class B semifinals

Watervliet 49, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk 43

Ailayia Demand had a big scoring effort with 26 points and Lashana Tolliver contributed 14. Sam Randio took scoring honors for Ravena delivering 18 points.

Class B semifinals

Tamarac 48, Cohoes 36

Jenna Erickson was the star for Tamarac netting 19 points while Briana Matazinksy added 17. For Cohoes, My’Asia Alston and Roxanne Gibbs put together 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Watervliet and Tamarac will meet for the Class B championship Tuesday at Stillwater High School at 7:45 p.m.

There was plenty of action on the state level Saturday.

In bowling, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk girls bowling team placed fourth in the New York State Championship held in Waverly.

Lansingburgh finished eighth on the boys ledger. The Knights did earn the Class B championship.

In swimming, the big winners were Ryan Gordon of Shenendehowa, Antonio Lanzi of Amsterdam and Manny Pollard of Albany Academy with gold medals.

Gordon won the 100 backstroke, Lanzi prevailed in 200 free and Pollard starred in one-meter diving.

In ice hockey, Tom Naples and Kyle Paton posted goals to help Saratoga beat Massena, 2-1, in a Division I state quarterfinal game. Mike Layman contributed two assists.

Unfortunately, Queensbury suffered a 6-5 loss in overtime on the Division II quarterfinal scene.

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