Moriah’s Taylor Slattery makes a pass during the Vikings’ win against Argyle in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D basketball tournament. Moriah advanced with a 50-40 victory.
At the end of each of the first three quarters, Adam Jaquish had both outscored and out-rebounded the defending NYSPHSAA Class D state champion Argyle Scots single-handedly.
Adam Jaquish v. Argyle
A look at the first three quarters of play between the Argyle Scots and Moriah's Adam Jaquish
Argyle - 4 points, 4 rebounds
Jaquish - 7 points, 8 rebounds
Argyle - 13 points, 9 rebounds
Jaquish - 19 points, 12 rebounds
Argyle: 23 points, 11 rebounds
Jaquish: 25 points, 17 rebounds
When Jaquish fouled out - 25 points, 20 rebounds
Argyle - 35 points, 20 rebounds
The Scots finished with 40 points and 23 rebounds
As he fouled out with 1:15 in the fourth quarter and the Moriah Vikings leading 45-36 en route to a 50-40 victory March 5, he was tied with the Scots with 20 rebounds each.
Jaquish finished with 25 points and 20 boards as the Vikings (20-2) advanced to the Class D regional finals Saturday, March 8.
“We knew that we had a size advantage and we wanted to post up, get the mismatches and get them in foul trouble,” Jaquish said after the game.
“We knew that Adam would give them trouble in the post and for three quarters we executed our game plan,” Vikings head coach Brian Cross said. “Tyler Pratt played Kobe Lufkin very well and we didn’t let them get into an offensive flow.”
Brock Liddle led the Scots with 12 points, four rebounds and four steals while Lufkin had 11 points to go with five steals. Delsharray Pryce led the Scots with six rebounds.
“Just to get to this point in the season was great, and it means a lot to beat them,” Jaquish, who also had four steals and three blocks, said on his teams’ victory against the defending state champs.
“It feels amazing to beat the state champs,” said Ryan Jaquish, who hit three of four free throws in the final 49 seconds of the game to go with two rebounds. “I try to clear my mind on every free throw and treat it just like practice.”
“Whether or not they were the defending state champs, we know the caliber of program they have in Argyle and this is quite the accomplishment for us to have. Hopefully, we’re not done yet.”
Noah Gilbo added 9 points and eight rebounds for the Vikings, with Jarrod MacDougal scoring 7 points to go with five rebounds and three steals; Taylor Slattery added five points, four rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals; and Pratt scored 1 point along with five assists, two rebounds and two steals.
While the Vikings got a strong fourth quarter from Ryan Jaquish at the line, the team started going 1-for-8 from the free throw stripe in the final eight minutes.
“We have struggled in practice at the line as well,” Cross said. “I keep telling the kids that the big thing is to relax and take their time with the shot.”
The Vikings will play Madrid-Waddington in the Class D regional final, 1:45 p.m. at SUNY Canton. The two teams faced off last season in the regional semifinal round, with M-W coming away with the win before falling victim to the eventual state champion Scots.
“I do not know a lot about them this year, but I know that they are a good team and well coached,” Cross said.