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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 29, 2005

Guilderland basketball vs. Bethlehem

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland boys’ basketball team came out with intensity and wore down rival Bethlehem in the opening round of the Dutch Holiday Classic on Tuesday night.

The Dutchmen jumped out to an early lead, fell behind, but then came back in the second half to blow away the Eagles, 60-40.

Guilderland will play Troy in the championship game on Thursday at 9 p.m.

"We talk all the time about playing with energy for the whole game," said Guilderland Coach Ron Osinski. "We can’t take any breaks, and for the most part we did that. We have to play loose and not get tight. There is no reason for that and we have to make our own breaks."

Guilderland led, 11-4, at the end of the first quarter and held a 28-27 halftime lead — after giving up 23 points in the second frame.

Bethlehem took the lead on a lay-up by Craig Orner. Guilderland answered on a three-point basket by Mark Domaracki.

Bethlehem tied the game, 31-31, on a shot by Kevin Stempsey.

The teams traded buckets before Guilderland took the lead for good on back-to-back three-point shots.

Jimmy Googas hit the first one to give the Dutch a 34-31 lead with 5:46 left in the third quarter. Thirty seconds later, Luke Pagano made it a six-point lead with a three-pointer.

Bethlehem then got an inside basket by Bill Yates and then didn’t make another field goal until a three-pointer with one second left in the quarter. The Eagles made just two foul shots in the 4:57 between the two field goals.

The offense got worse for the Eagles, as they didn’t score a point in the final stanza.

"All played equally"

Guilderland didn’t set the world on fire with their offense but the nine points it scored in the fourth quarter was more than enough.

The Dutchmen got five players in double figures in scoring on Tuesday night.

Googas and sophomore Brett Marfurt each scored 13 points to lead the Dutch. Doherty scored 11 points and Pagano and Domaracki each added 10 points.

"I think this is the first time that the kids all played equally," Osinski said. "I don’t think we’ve had that before. Mark Domaracki had probably his best game and Matt Doherty got his confidence back. He took the ball to the basket the way he should always be able to do. We got good play off the bench and that helped us a lot."

Osinski added that the Dutch don’t have that one go-to player that can put up a lot of points.

"We don’t have a guy that can put up 25 points when we need it," the coach said. "A stat I feel is important, but we don’t keep, is the guy who sets up the guy who gets the assist. We need to get a bunch of guys in double digits. If we can get five guys in that territory and get help off the bench, we can get in the 50- to 60-point range. Our defense, then, should be able to help us."

"Working on things"

The outcome of the contest was the best of the season for the Dutch. They picked up their third win of the season and did it in impressive fashion over a good Suburban Council team.

But Osinski said that his team has been putting time in at the gym and had to overcome a difficult stretch in the schedule.

"We’re working on things," the coach said. "Our goal is to improve every day. Our schedule did not help. We had cancellations on two Fridays and we couldn’t get into a flow. We played some good teams early and that could do you in early. I think it hurt our pysche."

Many of the Guilderland players came into the season with a lot of minutes under their belts.

"We have a lot of inexperience," Osinski said. "We have a couple of players that never have really started and now are getting a lot of major minutes."

The Dutch hold a win over Berkshire in the consolation game of the Niskayuna Tournament and a close win over league rival Mohonasen, who is headed by former Guilderland assistant coach Ken Dagostino.

Guilderland has losses to Bishop Maginn — in the Niskayuna Tournament — and lost to the top two teams in the Suburban Council Shaker and Niskayuna. The Dutch also lost to league rival Burnt Hills.

"We’re plugging away at practice," Osinski said. "Hopefully, by the end of the year, we’ll be playing our best basketball."

Guilderland hockey

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland ice hockey team traveled to central New York to begin the Christmas break.

But the Skating Dutchmen came back with a pair of losses in the Clinton Tournament. Guilderland lost to Pittsford, 7-2, on Dec. 23 and Cazenovia, 4-3, on Dec. 24.

The Dutchmen held the lead in the second game of the tournament.

John Potts gave Guilderland a 1-0 lead with 11:01 left in the first period.

Cazenovia scored twice in the second period.

Arron Race tied the score with11:06 left in the middle stanza. He was assisted by Shane Franz.

Cory Gillespie scored for Guilderland with 8:55 left in the second period off an assist from Aaron Cahill.

Cazenovia, again, tied the game with 3:07 left in the second frame on a tally by Brett Walters. Race got the assist on the score.

Guilderland broke the tie early in the third and final period. Ben Fogel tallied with an assist from Cahill.

But Cazenovia tied the game later in the period on a goal by Race.

Neither team could break the tie and the game went into overtime.

Cazenovia scored with 1:18 left in the extra session on a goal by Brett Walters. Race assisted on the game-winning goal.

Adam Gray made 40 saves for Guilderland and Ryan Ammann made 12 stops for Cazenovia.

Pummeled by Pittsford

In the opening game of the tournament, Pittsford broke open a 2-2 tie in the second and third periods.

Guilderland took a 1-0 lead just 22 seconds into the contest. Tim Montgomery scored with an assist from Cahill.

Pittsford tied the game just a couple of minutes later.

Guilderland scored its final goal 9:41 into the first period. Havard Brustad scored with assists from Montgomery and Fogel.

Pittsford tied the game with 49 seconds left in the opening frame and then rattled off five unanswered goals in the second and third periods to pull out the win.

Brian Clother made 14 saves in goal for Guilderland. Brendon Glennon stopped five shots in the third period.

Guilderland forced the Pittsford goalie to stop 24 shots.

The Skating Dutchmen remain winless on the season. They have a 0-7-2 record.

Next up for Guilderland is a home contest on Friday against Capital District High School Hockey League foe Burnt Hills.

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