Tuesday, December 18, 2012

First Thoughts on Tonight's Games 12/18/12

My first thought is I shouldn't have hit "send" on my last post.  Although it does illustrate what I was talking about that LaSalle plays up (or down) to its competition with its loss tonight to Catholic Central.  The part I was wrong about was that they are the third best team in the Big 10.  While I think they are still close to Schenectady, I don't believe Schenectady will be having a loss like this on their schedule, especially after their strong performance tonight with a one point loss to CBA.  All things being equal I still think the Big 10 is up for grabs with CBA the slight favorite, and they still do have 4 potential teams with Sectional championship pedigree.

All the scores aren't in yet, but I also noticed a couple teams continued dominance in their respective leagues tonight.  Joe Cremo threw up another 20 in a 39 point win over Broadalbin-Perth and Joey Lufkin put up 28 in Argyle's 35 point win over Fort Ann.  On the other side of the Adirondack, Joel Wincowski dropped 31 in a 40 point win over Warrensburg and Nigel Gray's 19 was the difference in Catskill's win over Maple Hill.  Shaker might also be separating themselves in the Suburban with a 31 point win over Averill Park.  Finally, in less dominant fashion, Fort Plain beat Northville in another low single digit WAC North game to stay undefeated in Conference play.  All of these teams seem to be rolling and with the exception Fort Plain (only because a loss probably isn't an upset as every game is so close) I don't see any losses like LaSalle had tonight.

In the girls world there wasn't too much out of the ordinary.  Scotia's two point win over Broadalbin-Perth was closer than I would have guessed, but in their case, a win is a win.  Tamarac and Hoosic Valley continued their dominance in the Wasaren with strong performances from Tamarac's top two scorers, Jenna Erickson and Briana Matazinsky and from Hoosic Valley's Cassidy Chapko.  Waterford also put up another huge win over Hawthorne Valley.

The most interesting game tonight was from the Colonial where we got a little clarity with Holy Names' 8 point win over Watervliet.  Certainly not a blowout, but it cleared up the question as they are most likely the top two teams in the Colonial.  As for the rest of the Conference, it's still a mess with 2, 4 and 5 point games in three of the other four games.

Overall, a good night of basketball with around 50 more games in the database.  The first Sectional Forecast is rapidly approaching.  I'm getting things ready now, so stay tuned.

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