New York Mills Marauders 2014 Class D New York State Champs!
Photos-Rick Surprenant for MHTS
How does a two point second quarter and three, ill-timed, five point deficits help add up to a thrilling, 57-50, overtime win over Coleman Catholic’s Statesmen (17-5), and best of all, a third Class D New York State boys basketball championship for the New York Mills Marauders?
We all have questions, but the Marauders who went all out to bring title three home to Beekman were the ones who supplied the much needed answers on the floor at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
New York Mills ( 23-1) needed a complete team effort by players like senior guard Andrew Surprenant, who kept his team alive and afloat, scoring 10 first half points and ending up with 16 in the biggest game of his career.
Timing in life is everything, as we all know, and Andrew’s was impeccable this weekend at states.
Surprenant’s two well timed, back-to-back threes against Moriah in the Friday semifinal sparked his team on a run that helped the Marauders run away and hide from Moriah.
On the biggest stage of them all, Surprenant started the second half with back-to-back buckets, out of the break, to help erase a five point deficit, as his team trailed 26-21, following a two point second quarter.
Sirbaugh and teammate Doug Terrone would later foul out. Foul problems left Coleman coach John Funk in one, as he had no answers for the Marauders in the impending overtime session.
Speaking of timing, Nick Comenale was right on cue with another well timed scoring outburst, as he netted 18 of his 22 team high points in the second half.
Fourteen came in the fourth quarter and overtime. Comenale scored nine of his team’s final 15 points. No wonder Nick garnered MVP Honors.
Staying with the team theme, Zach Vennaro who was hounded and tracked down like an escaped convict by the Statesman, finally asserted himself inside to net six big third quarter points, as the two teams scratched and clawed there way to a 37-37 tie after three quarters of play.
Terrance Nichols, who scored 8 points, played his role in our team theme by banging home a long three to set the tone and break the 49-49 tie to start the four minute extra session.
Nichols also knocked down two critical free throws to seal the deal with 9.3 seconds left as the celebration was set to start.
Coach Mike Adey and the Marauders were in for a fight to the finish from the get go as the Statesmen used a suffocating man-to-man defense to keep the Marauders in check and playing at a pace they don’t enjoy.
Early on it looked like a Mills kind of day as the Marauders raced out to 19-12 lead after one.
Eight quick points by Andrew Surprenant helped propel New York Mills to the fast start.
Micah Simmons-Small came up big, scoring six of his 13 points in the first, to keep his team in the game and had plenty of help from teammate Dino Celadon who led the Statesmen with 14.
That fast start by New York Mills slowed to a crawl, as Coleman Catholic clamped down on defense.
The Marauders scoring just two points in eight minutes tells you just how good the Statesmen played on the defensive side of the floor as they led 26-21 at the break.
A strong close by Coleman Catholic and a bucket by Simmons-Smalls left us tied 37-37 with just eight minutes to play.
Speaking of plays, the one that happened with New York Mills down 47-42 with 3:10 left, will hold a place in Marauder lore for years to come.
Nick Comenale drove to the rim and beat Mike Thurin to the bucket, but appeared to be fouled before the shot dropped.
Comenale lobbied like an Ivy League schooled lawyer and ended up with the hoop and the harm, completing a three point play to pull his team to within two, 47-45, with 2:30 left.
Two more buckets by the super, senior Comenale gave his team a 49-47 lead before Mike Thurin scored from in close to tie things up at 49-49 as we headed to extra time.
The rest, as they say, is history, as the Marauders returned home Class D Champs for the third time and winners of 16 straight.
New York Mills 57 Coleman Catholic 50 OT
1 2 3 4 OT Total
NY Mills 19 2 16 12 8 57
Coleman Catholic 12 14 11 12 1 50
MHTS Scoring Summary:
New York Mills:
Nick Comenale 22-8 rebounds
Andrew Surprenant 16
Terrence Nichols 10
Zach Vennaro 8-9 rebounds
Ali Hassan-9 rebounds
Dino Celadon 14
Doug Terrone 10
Kevin Davis 9
Mike Thurin 4