Rams face Mohonasen for Class A crown
GLENS FALLS — Having last won a sectional title in 1995, the Amsterdam boys basketball team will look to end its drought today when it faces Mohonasen in the Section II Class A championship game at Cool Insuring Arena at 5:15 p.m.
“We’re here and we’re going to be ready to play,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said. “Mohonasen is a very good opponent and we’re going to need to play well.”
The teams met in last year’s Class A quarterfinals, with Mohonasen posting a 73-55 victory.
In its two playoff games, second-seeded Mohonasen (13-9 overall) posted wins over seventh-seeded Scotia-Glenville and third-seeded Lansingburgh.
The Mighty Warriors posted a 73-25 victory over Scotia-Glenville in the quarterfinals at Hudson Valley Community College last Sunday, with Duncan Tallman scoring 24 points to lead Mohonasen. The Mighty Warriors had seven players score six points or more in the game.
The balanced effort continued in the semifinals Wednesday at the Cool Insuring Arena as the Mighty Warriors edged defending Class A champion Lansingburgh, 56-54, in overtime.
Tallman scored 14 points and seven rebounds to lead four Mohonasen players in double figures. Greg Van Epps had 13 points and four rebounds for the Mighty Warriors, while Jared Abdul-Aziz had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Chase Monroe added 10 points and six rebounds for Mohonasen.
Top-seeded Amsterdam (18-4 overall) opened the postseason with a 92-65 victory over ninth-seeded Bishop Maginn in last Sunday’s quarterfinals.
Ozzy DeJesus led the Rams with 33 points, five rebounds and four steals, while Louis Fedullo had 23 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Willie Brown turned in a strong overall game with 23 points,10 rebounds, eight assists and six steals.
In Wednesday’s semifinal game over fifth-seeded Gloversville, Amsterdam had all five starters score in double figures in a 77-65 victory.
DeJesus had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Fedullo had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Amsterdam, while Brown had 14 points. Deanthony Colon (12 points) and Jeff Brennan (10) also hit double digits for the Rams.
DeJesus led Amsterdam with 18.9 points per game this season, while Brown is averaging 18.3 ppg. Fedullo is scoring at a 16.3 ppg clip for the Rams, who have won six straight and 10 of their last 11.
“We’re just going to have to do what we’ve got to do,” DeJesus said of his team’s matchup with Mohonasen. “We’re not going to worry about what they do. We’re going to do what we do.”
The winner advances to the Class A regionals on March 10 at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy at 5 p.m. to face either Section X champion Franklin Academy or the Section III champion. Utica Notre Dame and Bishop Grimes meet Sunday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse to decide the Section III crown.