Section VII/Class C champion AuSable Valley Patriots.
The AuSable Valley Patriots stuck to their game plan, playing aggressive defense and running the floor on offense to win the Section VII/Class C boys basketball title March 2.
The Patriots jumped out to an 18-4 lead against the Ticonderoga Sentinels and put any thoughts of a comeback out of mind with a 15-2 third quarter as they scored a 53-24 win.
“We try to play hard and win games,” Shane Douglas, who scored a game-high 15 points to go with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals, said. “This has been our focus all year and we worked hard in practice to get here.”
“We pride ourselves on defense,” Nate Casey, who scored six points to go with four rebounds, four assists and two steals, said. “That has always been our number one priority, and transition hoops has been our game all year.”
“We came out strong to start the game and we came out strong to start the second half, and that is what our coach always tells us we need to do,” John Goodnough, who scored six points with three rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks, said.
“It’s great to work hard on the glass and on defense and then help get the ball started up the court,” Austin Depo said. Depo scored six points while grabbing five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
“You cannot believe how hard they work in practice every day,” head coach Jamie Douglass said. “They push each other and work hard because they wanted this. I ask them to do three things, contest each shot, deny each pass and box out on every shot. They also shot the ball extremely well, while Ticonderoga struggled shooting.”
Douglass also said that his team has improved throughout the season.
“Shane has matured so much and has taken over that role of a leader,” he said. “Nate plays great defense, Austin does all those work-horse things for us.”
Zach Cosgrove scored eight points to go with three steals and a rebound for the Patriots, while Brandon Brooks had four points, three rebounds and a steal; Riley Peck three points, three rebounds and a steal; Austin Facteau three points and three rebounds; Nick McDonald two points, four rebounds and two steals; Prescott Doyle one rebound and one block; and Riley Taylor adding a steal.
For the Sentinels, Michael Graney led a balanced yet sparse scoring attack with five points to go with three rebounds. Mark Donohue had four points and two rebounds, while Karney Manning had three points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal; Ty Denno three points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal; Keegan Tierney two points, one rebound and one steal; Matt Cook two points, two rebounds and one steal; Zeshan Afzal two points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal; Jordan Fuller two points and two rebounds; and Riley Chapman adding one point to go with two steals and one rebound..
While not scoring, Anthony DuShane grabbed 10 rebounds to go with one assist and one steal. Garrison Hughes also grabbed a rebound.
The Patriots will next play Saturday, March 9, at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse against the winner of the Section X/II regional semifinal. The game is scheduled for 2 p.m.