Zach Vennaro glides in for two in early action.
Photos-Rick Surprenant for MHTS
As flashy as the New York Mills Marauders offense was during their NYS Class D semifinal, boys hoops win, 57-24 over a stunned bunch of Moriah Vikings it was their dominant “D”efense that turned this Friday morning affair into a laugher by midway through the third quarter in Glens Falls.
The Marauders(22-1), the state’s # 1 ranked Class D team got 28 points, 7 boards and six steals along with 4 three pointers, from senior swingman Nick Comenale, who played like a man on a mission as he rained down 17 third quarter points on the heads of the dazed, and confused Section VII champs (21-3).
Comenale, and his mates saved their best, which might just be good enough, to get them past Saturday’s opponent Coleman Catholic who cruised past Sherman in Friday’s opener.
Nick scored 22 of his game high 28 points in the second half as the Mills blew this one wide open.
Andrew Surprenant, who was more than solid all game long, scored 6 of his 10 points on two long three’s that turned this one around, and in the right direction for New York Mills fans as the first eight minutes whizzed past.
With Moriah taking one of its rare leads 7-6 on an Adam Jaquish hoop in the paint with 1:35 left in the first quarter.
Thirty seconds later Andrew had the long distance charges accepted again as he banged one in to push the lead to 12-7 after one quarter.
That defense we speak of held Moriah to just 10 first half points, seven in the first and just 3 in the entire second eight minutes.
That stretch of in your face play against Moriah offense changed this game for good.
The quick six by Surprenant helped power New York Mills to a 10-1 run that rocked the Vikings world.
Moriah could never return serve and became another quintet that left the floor shaking their heads in wonderment and trying to get the plate number of the white, blue, and orange bus that just steamed past them.
I don’t think anyone, except maybe coach Mike Adey and his business-like bunch, thought that this much anticipated match up would be so one-sided.
To make matters worse for Moriah, their best offensive player Jaquish, who entered action averaging 18 points and 13 boards a game picked up his third personal foul at the 5:03 mark.
The big guy then defended cautiously and the Marauders began to race past the struggling Vikings for good or bad depending on your allegiance.
Before you could say Beekman Gym it was 23-10 at the half and then a 20 point plus lead as the Marauders cruised to the win.
At 40-20 New York Mills with just 1:03 left in the third you could see the shoulders sag on the Moriah side of the court.
When the third ended New York Mills still led by 20 42-22.
Zach Vennaro scored four of his eight points down the stretch to help Mike Adey to get to clear the bench.
Ali Hassan once again did the dirty work on the boards and swatted away four Moriah attempts from the field and grabbed five rebounds.
New York Mils aka “ Titletown USA,” will look for the third Class D Championship in the schools history tomorrow at 5:00PM right back here at the Glens Falls Civic Center against Coleman Catholic.
The Maraduers cut down the nets in 1982 and again in 2011.
MHTS/ESPN 99.1FM will broadcast the game live on the air, on espnur.com or on the My Hometown Sports Mobile App!
New York Mills 57 Moriah 24
1 2 3 4 Total
Moriah 7 3 12 2 24
New York Mills 12 11 19 15 57
MHTS Scoring Summary:
Adam Jaquish 7
Tyler Pratt 6
Taylor Slattery 3
Jarrod MacDougal 2
Billy Larrow 2
Noah Gilbo 2
Chris Clark 2
New York Mills:
Nick Comenale 28
Andrew Surprenant 10
Zach Vennaro 8
Terrence Nichols 7
Ali Hassan 2
Ben Kehrli 2