Sunday, December 1, 2013

Opening Weekend

The season has started and already there are tidbits you can pull from the action.  On the boys' side, the two teams that really stand out are Broadalbin-Perth and Saratoga Catholic.  BP won both of their games over Cobleskill and Fonda, both schools in their class and both games by solid margins.  Saratoga Catholic also won both of their games, each by over 20 points, both over schools in classes above them.  It's tough to know what that means for them at this point, but it certainly can't be a bad thing.

Saratoga Catholic's second win was over Schuylerville, who according to the Post Star lost its coach after last season to retirement.  That may have been a sign they didn't have the same level of talent coming back this year, but Schuylerville hasn't had too many bad seasons in recent memory so any down year is somewhat shocking to see, especially this early.  The Wasaren League in general didn't have a great weekend.  Stillwater also lost by 20 points to Mechanicville, and though Hoosick Falls and Greenwich each won their openers by respectable margins, HF's win was over an Argyle team that lost one of the best players in the Section last season (though his brother may not be too far behind making 8 threes) and Greenwich beat an historically weak Berlin team.  Argyle may still be a contender in March, but the loss of Joey Lufkin to graduation can't be overlooked.

On the girls' side, not much looks out of place.  The Colonial council started strong again with Cohoes and Watervliet each picking up fairly easy wins over Ballston Spa and Bishop Maginn.

Overall there isn't much to go on yet, but as I have stated in the past, these non-league games go a long way to telling us how these Leagues match up with each other, and ultimately how things could turn out in Sectionals.  For now though, that's a long way off.  The games aren't even in the model yet.  The busy Holiday weekend slowed me down a bit.  Speaking of which, I hope everyone had a great Holiday.

Now we can sit back and relax, Basketball is finally here.

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