Clayton Cross looks to inbound the ball for Willsboro against the Madrid Waddington defense.
The Madrid-Waddington Yellowjackets used outstanding outside shooting to upend the Willsboro Warriors 57-37 in the Class D boys regional basketball championship March 10.
The ’Jackets hit seven threes against Willsboro, including five by Matt Kendall, and used a series of long bombs and strong layups to grab a 23-8 lead early in the second quarter. The Warriors struggled to get back in the game the rest of the way, scrapping furiously to close the gap only to see the ’Jackets confidently nail another deflating long-range shot.
Kendall led the way for the Yellowjackets with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Zach Marcellus dropped in 13 points and Colin O’Bryan added 12 points and eight assists for the Yellowjackets’ cause.
Brandon Porter paced Willsboro with 11 points, followed by Clayton Cross (nine), Nick Arnold (seven), Clay Sherman (six), and Dakota and Cody Sayward (two points apiece).
“They shot the ball extremely well, and they moved the ball well, so they got open looks regardless of how quickly we moved in the zone,”
said Willsboro coach Jim Spring. “We took some bad shots and our offense broke down a little bit, so kids settled for shots that they normally don’t.”
“We are still champions: We are Section VII Class D champions, and that’s something that hasn’t been accomplished in Willsboro since ’95,’” said Spring.
“I coached these kids on modified. They gave me memories that I’ll never forget – just the way they play,” the Willsboro coach reflected. “They don’t give up, as everybody witnessed today: down by 20, they’re still playing hard. They have
a lot to be proud of. They’re a phenomenal group of young men.’”
The Warriors had seven seniors on their roster this season. They finished the year 17-5.
Madrid-Waddington, representing Section X, improves to 23-2 with the win and advances to the first boys state semifinal game in school history.
Lady ‘Jacks thwarted
Third-ranked Hoosic Valley jumped out to a 1704 first quarter lead as they defeated the Tupper Lake Lady Lumberjacks, 60-18, in the Class C Regional Finals at SUNY Canton March 10.
Katie Stuart was only able to connect for six points in the game, while Carley Aldridge, Amanda Pickering and Kristin Bickford each scored three points. Sam Sanford scored two points, and Lizzie Zurek added one.