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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, January 3, 2008

Oh brother: CBA hands Dutchmen second loss of the season

By Tim Matteson

EAST GREENBUSH — It was a highly anticipated match-up between two teams, each with just one loss. Guilderland and Christian Brothers Academy hooked up for a game at the Columbia High School Tournament on Thursday.

Both teams were missing players and each had just a loss to the same school, Bishop Maginn. CBA got the better of this nip-and-tuck game with a strong finish to win 63-59.

"We had a couple of players out of our top-10 rotation," said Guilderland Coach Ron Osinski. "We had some kids that had to play extended minutes as the game went along. Jon [Terry] and Danny [Gejay] didn’t play for most of the first half and we never really recovered from it.

"But we came back and were able to cut it to three points," Osinski added. "If we play them again, we have to do a better job against them. This was a bad loss from the standpoint that they did not have one of their better players."

CBA was missing starter Malcolm Austin for Thursday’s game and Guilderland was missing Steve Anderson and Andrew Oteng-Baah, both key contributors off the bench.

Anderson is out with mononucleosis and Oteng-Baah went back to Toronto for the holidays.

The Dutchmen could have used both players, especially Anderson. His size would have helped against a big, tall CBA front line, especially after Gejay and Terry got into foul trouble in the first half.

"Of all the games," Osinski said, "to have our big guys in foul trouble. Steve’s out and we have trouble stopping them inside. I give them [CBA] credit. They did a good job at the end. We had our chances and we couldn’t convert. We didn’t execute well against them..."

"We kept coming back"

The Dutchmen led 20-17 at the end of the first quarter, but trailed by three points, 36-33, at halftime. Guilderland then trailed by four, 44-40, at the end of the third frame.

After two CBA free throws, Kevin Kost hit a three-point basket to make the score 46-43, early in the final stanza.

The Brothers scored four straight points — a foul shot by Andrew Stire and an inside basket and foul shot by Deandre Kennedy–Ebron — to give CBA a seven-point lead, 50-43, with 6:43 left in the contest.

Guilderland answered on a tip-in of a missed shot by Paul Booker and two foul shots by Andrew Smith.

The 6 foot, 8 inch Stire then scored an inside basket for CBA. Smith scored on a drive to the basket and Brett Marfurt made a jump shot to pull within one point, 52-51, halfway through the fourth quarter.

After a CBA timeout, Ian Nepaulsingh hit a three-pointer with 3:37 left, and, on Guilderland’s next possession, CBA sophomore Kameron Ritter stole a pass and went in for a fast-break lay-up. Ritter was fouled on the play and converted the free throw, and CBA led by seven points, 58-51, with 3:33 left in the contest.

Booker tipped in another missed shot to cut the lead to five but that was answered on two free throws by Ritter.

Kost gave the Dutchmen life with a three-pointer with 2:15 left in the game. Neither team scored until Marfurt connected on a three-point basket with 33 seconds left in the game, which made the score, 60-59.

CBA converted on two foul shots, and, on the Dutch’s ensuing possession, Ritter stole a pass and was fouled. He converted the free throw to seal the win for the Brothers.

"They tipped a pass at the end and Kevin was wide open," Osinski said. "We didn’t execute well against them. I give them credit, they took us out of our game. This will help us in other areas. We were down and we kept coming back. We might have been tired at the end, I don’t know. But we held them to 20 points in the second half."

Marfurt led the Dutchmen in scoring with 21 points, with 11 coming in the first frame. Kost scored 12 points and Smith and Booker each scored eight points.

"Paul Booker off the bench did well," Osinski said. "He’s four inches shorter than Stire."

Kennedy-Ebron led CBA with 24 points. Stire scored 15 points, and Ritter added eight for the Brothers.

"We should have played 32 minutes of better basketball than what we ended up playing," Osinski said. "I think we could’ve played better. They took advantage of every situation and made foul shots."

Back to the grind

The loss dropped the Dutchmen’s record to 7-2. Guilderland won the second game of the tournament, beating Queensbury, 75-34.

The Dutch play on Friday at Saratoga, then play at Bethlehem the following Tuesday as they get back into the grind of the regular season after the holidays.

"We had a long lay-off," Osinski said. "We hadn’t played in nine days. I’m not big on excuses, but we were a little rusty coming out. They were just better than we were tonight. It was our first big lay-off. But we had a good week of practice. We had a good four days."

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — With its season on a downhill slide, the Guilderland girls’ basketball team got its biggest win on Friday.

The Lady Dutch won the second game of their tournament, 40-34, to stop a five-game losing streak and improve their record to 3-5.

"It was like going two steps forward and three steps back," said Guilderland Coach Frank Cacckello. "We have no consistency. After the last game against Niskayuna, we spent some time in the gym and concentrated on what we wanted to do. We went back to defense. We just broke it down and went back to basics."

"We played really well," said junior guard Jen Madsen. "We brought a lot of energy to the floor with this whole tournament. We took some steps and moved forward as a team."

Guilderland lost the first game of the tournament to a tough Bishop Maginn team by two points, 49-47, last Thursday.

"Last night’s game was disappointing," Cacckello said of the Bishop Maginn contest. "We played well...If we led for most of this game and then lost, it would’ve been tough. We played good basketball for two days here against two quality teams. We are going in the right direction. We have realistic goals: Right now, to keep getting better and no doubt we are better."

From worst to best

Looking back at the first half of Friday’s contest, neither team was good on offense. Both teams missed shots and couldn’t get an offensive flow going in the first 16 minutes of play.

Some of that was due to tough defense and some was due to bad luck as Guilderland had three or four three-point shots look like they were heading into the basket then bound away.

The halftime score looked like a baseball score as the teams went into the intermission tied, 9-9.

The Lady Dutch responded with one of their best quarters of the season. The Dutch scored 19 points in the third frame and gave up 14 to Burnt Hills to lead, 28-23, going into the fourth quarter.

Katherine Keegan scored six points in the frame, Madsen added five, and Mackenzie Michele chipped in four points — the last an inside basket with two seconds left in the quarter.

Madsen’s jump shot gave the Lady Dutch a seven-point lead, 32-25, with 4:52 left in the game.

A three-point basket by Emily Ostrom made the score 32-28, and the teams traded a foul shot, before Georgina Farrow knocked down a three-pointer to cut the lead to two with 2:18 left in the contest.

Burnt Hills took the lead, 34-33, on an inside basket by Maria Allocco with 56 seconds left in the contest.

A few seconds later, Madsen spotted up and connected on a three-point shot that gave the Dutch a two-point lead, 36-34.

After a Burnt Hills player missed a three-pointer with 25 seconds left, Guilderland’s Danielle Burns connected on four straight free throws to seal the win.

"I didn’t even realize how much time was left," Madsen said of her shot. "Coach wants me to step up and take shots. I didn’t know how important it was."

Madsen led the Lady Dutch with 14 points. Keegan scored nine points and Burns chipped in with seven.


But it was Burns’s defense and leadership on the floor that was a big key for the Dutch’s win.

"I know the team clicks when ‘D’ clicks on defense. It’s contagious," Cacckello said last Friday. "Last night, was a great high school game. She was all over the place. And she was a clutch free throw shooter."

Burns scored 19 points in the loss to Bishop Maginn. She made eight foul shots in the fourth quarter. Michele scored nine points in last Thursday’s game.

Cacckello and his players hope that the win is the start of good things. The Lady Dutch are scoring more points per game than last year’s team that went to the Class AA final, and are finding their legs on the defensive end of the court.

"We scored 47 points [last Thursday] and we held a team that was averaging 69 points to 49," Cacckello said. "We held them to 20 points below their average, and we strictly got our points from defense."

"I think we are coming together as a team," Madsen said. "We were kind of tired, but we pushed through. We played together as a team and we came out with a win."

The Lady Dutch will be home for the next three contests. They host Saratoga on Friday and play Bethlehem on Tuesday. Guilderland wraps up its home stand against Averill Park on Friday, Jan. 11.

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — After a strong start to the season, the Guilderland wrestling team has hit a bump in the road — two good teams, Burnt Hills and Ballston Spa, in the last two dual matches.

The Dutchmen lost a tough match to Ballston Spa, 46-26, as Guilderland is entrenched in the heart of its schedule.

"We’re in the toughest part of our schedule," said Guilderland Coach Corey Rogotzke. "Burnt Hills, Ballston Spa, and Niskayuna are real strong teams. We have Shen left, but with everybody else we should be competitive."

Bright spots

The star against Ballston Spa was Robert Romeo. He won his match by pin, as he has done many times this season.

"He’s gotten 25- or 30-second pins," Rotozke said. "He’s 12-1 this season and he won at the tournament at Queensbury."

Josh Sawyer has also been tough since suffering his one loss in a dual meet against Saratoga.

"He has dominated since," Rogotzke said. "He moved up a weight class and he won his match against Ballston Spa. At Queensbury, he won the championship match, 3-1, in overtime."

Guilderland had a few kids in the finals in the Queensbury Tournament.

Matt Cubillos lost in the finals by a 1-0 score against the number-one ranked small-school wrestler in the 125-pound weight class. Cubillos beat Dan Riggi, a two-time state tournament entrant, in the semifinals by a score of 5-3.

Rogotzke has also been impressed with Kevin Bates in the 103-pound weight class.

"Kevin Bates is having a heck of a freshman year," the coach said. "In three tournaments, he went 3-0 in one, and lost in the finals in the other two. He’s 10-3 on the season. I’m happy with his progress."

Eugene Sellie at 140 pounds and Travis Wolanski at 112 pounds also wrestled well at the Queensbury Tournament.

"They finished third in tough weight classes," Rogotzke said. "I’m happy with their progress as well."

The Dutchmen have a spot open in the 145-pound weight class after an injury. Rogotzke moved up from junior varsity grappler to fill in the spot.

"It affects the line-up a little," Rogotzke said. "Everyone is stepping up and wrestling well."

The Dutchmen finished third at the Queensbury Tournament behind Hudson Falls and the host school.

Alumni Night and Youth Night

Guilderland hosts Niskayuna on Thursday and Rogotzke is hoping for a good crowd to come out and support his wrestlers.

It is also Alumni Night and the coach has contacted former Guilderland High grapplers.

"We welcome all former wrestlers and coaches to come out to be part of Alumni Night," Rogotzke said. "We’ll recognize them before the varsity match and then have a social after the match."

Thursday’s match will be the third at home for Guilderland this season and Rogotzke has been pleased with the crowds that have come to the first two matches.

"I’m pleased with the amount we are getting here," Rogotzke said. "We are 50 people away from having a packed house."

After Thursday’s match, the next home contest for the Dutchmen will on Wednesday, Jan. 9, against Averill Park. It will be Youth Night.

"We will recognize our youth wrestlers," Rogotzke said. "We’ll let them get on the mats before the varsity match."

Sandwiched between the two home matches will be a trip to central New York to compete in the Ilion Tournament on Saturday.

"It’ll be a tough tournament," Rogotzke said, "but we’ll be ready."

Skating Dutchmen beat Bethlehem

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland ice hockey team stayed unbeaten in league play with a 3-2 overtime win over rival Bethlehem on Friday.

Greg Warnken scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Skating Dutchmen a victory at the Bethlehem Area YMCA. Warnken, a sophomore, also had an assist in the contest.

Juniors Collin Burg and Dan Dickenson scored goals for the Dutchmen. Burg has two assists and Dickenson had one for Guilderland.

The Skating Dutchmen have a 4-0 record in the Suburban Council division of the Capital District High School Hockey League. The Dutch have a 4-6-1 overall record.

Guilderland played Mohonasen-Schalmont on Wednesday. The Dutch then play Saratoga on Saturday at home at Achilles Rink at Union College and play at Burnt Hills-Scotia-Glenville next Tuesday.

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