Moriah lost to New York Mills in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Mills scored a 57-24 win March 14. Moriah finishes the season with a 21-3 record.
The key for rivals of the Moriah Vikings in the 2013-14 boys varsity basketball season was finding a way to stop sophomore Adam Jaquish.
All had, for the most part, failed — until New York Mills brought the height and quickness needed to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Mills scored a 57-24 win March 14.
Moriah finishes the season with a 21-3 record.
Jaquish was held to seven points and eight rebounds by the Marauders, who triple-covered the Vikings’ top offensive option every time he got the ball.
“They are so long up top,” Moriah Coach Brian Cross said after the game. “Early on we were able to get the ball into the short corner, but we were not able to finish.”
The Vikings held a 7-6 lead in the middle of the opening quarter before New York Mills scored the final six points of the stanza, both on three pointers by Andrew Surprenant. From then on, the Marauders out-scored the Vikings, 45-17.
“It was a physical game and we got out-rebounded a couple times which turned a four point game into a nine point game,” Cross said. “The way they started the second half and with Adam in foul trouble, I knew we were in trouble then.”
Tyler Pratt, in his final game as a member of the Vikings basketball program, scored six points on back-to-back three pointers in the third. He also had four rebounds and two assists.
“This can happen to the best of us,” Pratt said. “21-3 is a pretty good season and it is a great feeling to get this far in both basketball and football.”
“Tyler has done a great job for the last two years at the point for us,” Cross said. “He is going to leave everything that he has out there on the court.”
Taylor Slattery added three points and four rebounds, while Noah Gilbo had two points and seven rebounds. Jarrod MacDougal, who was a starter with Ryan Jaquish out due to illness, scored two points. Billy Larrow added two points and Chris Clarke also scored two. Adam Jaquish also added four blocked shots.
Mills’ leading scorer Nick Comenale paced his team with 28 points, 17 coming in the decisive third quarter. He also had six rebounds and five steals. Surprenant added 10 points, while Zach Vennaro had eight points and five rebounds and Terrance Nichols added seven points and seven rebounds.
Cross and Pratt said they felt the Final Four trip was a good experience for a team that started four sophomores in the semifinal game.
“To get here is a great accomplishment and it will help them to know how hard they need to work not only to get back here, but to get to play on Saturday,” Cross said.
“I’m looking forward to being back here next year and watching them play,” added Pratt.