Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Know Thy Enemy - Teams on the "Other" Side of the Bracket

There will be a handful - or three, for each team - different preview stories in The Record over the course of the next few days regarding the teams that will be facing off against our Section II squads in this weekend's semi-finals.

Now, the preview story for Pittsford Mendon, who will play Troy High girls at 3:15 on Friday afternoon at HVCC, was in today's paper. In case you missed that, here's the link for that story, so learn up.

But what about the "other" teams? The ones on the other side of the bracket, competing in those other semi-finals that are also happening this weekend? I've got you covered.

Under the cut, you can read up on some information regarding those "other" teams. That way, if our squads make it to the finals (fingers crossed) we'll all be a little more knowledgeable before that tip-off.

Class AA Boys
New Rochelle (15-9) vs. Northport (22-2) - Sat. 3/16, 12:30 p.m. at Glens Falls Civic Center
New Rochelle: If you haven't seen the video of NewRo's buzzer-beater over Mt. Vernon in the Section I championship game, take some time out of your day and watch this.

Did you see that?  Insane right? Well, it's only gotten more exciting for the Huguenots in the New York State tournament. NewRo topped Kingston in yet another buzzer beater 63-60 victory last weekend to secure a spot in the state final four.  The big question here is whether or not the team has the emotion left for yet another dramatic game. After two straight incredible finishes, that's a very important question.
Northport: Mike Milligan. Remember that name. Got it? Good.
The 6'5" wing likes to get out on the perimeter and is not only accurate from the outside, but has the capabilities to drive the lane and attack the hoop. He's been getting the ball all season from the Tigers' true point guard Matt Smith.
Smith is a true offensive director, averaging just over seven assists per game, a number that made him one of the best PG in Suffolk County and all of Long Island this season.
The winner advances to play either Troy or Bishop Kearney at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Class B Boys
Babylon (20-3) vs. Westhill (20-2) - Fri. 3/15, 6:45 p.m. at Glens Falls Civic Center
Babylon: Another squad out of Long Island (Suffolk County to be exact), the Panthers topped Marlboro 56-49 in last weekend's regional final to punch their ticket to the Civic Center. Simply glancing over their stats and standings for this past season, the Panthers have been getting a lot of production out of Fernando Vazquez. 
He's Babylon's leading scorer, averaging 20.3 points per game, and is also leading the team in assists per game. Aiding Vazquez in the backcourt is Ray Wardell, who appears to be the Panthers "#2" as far as statistics go. He's second in scoring, rebounding and assists, but let's not overlook him because of that. Having a one-two punch at guard is key to any basketball team as they try to build some sort of success - hey, just look at Watervliet.
Westhill: Jordan Roland is a scoring force to be reckoned with. He has almost 500 points to his name this season, averaging 22.4 points per game, with 33 shots from behind the arc. There are some other solid shooters on this team, but no one who ranks even within 100 points of the production that Roland has put out this season.
Westhill, a team who hails from the Syracuse area and Section 3, had their own dramatic finish to last weekend's regional game. After building up a 35-24 lead at halftime, Westhill  barely held on for a 59-58 victory over Norwich.
The winner advances to play either Watervliet or Batavia at 9 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Class A Girls
Maine-Endwell (12-4) vs. Harborfilelds (19-1) - Fri. 3/15, 1:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College
Maine-Endwell: The Lady Spartans don't necessarily boast the most incredible squad in the New York State tournament this season and they'll be the first team to admit that. The M-E girls are fighters and they're more than apt to grind out a game, and a victory, just like their 62-58 victory over Wallkill in last weekend's regional final.
The Lady Spartans are focused on taking control of the game, when a game is played at their pace and their level, it's very easy for them to cruise to a victory. The biggest problem for M-E is when they are forced to play off-kilter. They're a team made up of underclassmen, so there isn't too much experience on the court and when the game becomes a battle, that lack of know-how could be major.
Harborfields: It wasn't much of a matchup in the Long Island Class A championship game, earlier this season. Harborfield cruised to a 55-27 victory over Garden City, controlling the game from the opening tip-off.
The team lived up to their nickname in that matchup, just as they have all season really. They're the tornadoes and it's clear that they're a fast-moving squad that can essentially rip through opponents on the court. Amy Luxemberg is leading the weather-pun attack for Harborfields. The senior guard has had a productive post-season and has a good amount of experience in "major" games.
The winner advances to play either Troy or Pittsford Mendon at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening.


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