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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, February 24, 2011

Falcons don’t miss, sink Dutchmen

By Jordan J. Michael

ALBANY –– Shots were dropping in from all over the court at a scorching rate on Tuesday night in Albany for a first-round Class AA playoff game. Guilderland and Albany combined for 165 points, including 23 three-pointers.

The Dutchmen, the number-six seed out of the Suburban Council, scored an unusually high 72 points, but the Falcons, the number-three seed out of the Big 10, scored 93 for the win. Albany scored about three points per minute for its highest total in at least five years.

“They were on fire,” Dutch Head Coach Ron Osinski said of Albany after the game. “You can’t defend that because they’re so quick with the ball. They’re the hot team right now and nobody will beat them if they keep shooting like that.”

The two teams pooled for 15 three-pointers in the first half with Albany leading, 49 to 37, before the intermission. Senior Jakei Turman hit a three-point buzzer beater to end both the first and second quarters for Albany.

It was like déjà vu, but more like a nightmare for Guilderland.

“They didn’t miss a thing,” said Guilderland senior Brendan Doak, who scored nine points. “Albany had a really good game, but we played hard, too.”

The Dutchmen were down by 19 points at the start of the fourth quarter, but Cameron Dobbs, who scored a game-high 22 points, including six three-pointers, got his team going again after hitting two consecutive threes. The problem, however, was the Falcons’ ability to score.

The high point of the evening for Albany came when Amari Gaddy raced across the court, throwing down a dunk as the crowd erupted.

“In a groove at home, that’s what happened,” Dobbs said. “Every team is more comfortable on their home floor in front of their fans.”

Osinski wasn’t sure if his team would have won if the same game had been played at Guilderland, but things would have been a little different. “Closer game maybe,” he said. “It’s nice having home cooking.”

Albany had eight seniors to Guilderland’s four, but Dobbs told The Enterprise that a team has to play with what it’s dealt. “The young guys still have to step up and play,” he said. “We didn’t get out-hustled or anything like that. They just made more shots and gave a little more on defense.”

The Dutchmen relied on the deep shot all season, but the Suburban Council doesn’t push the ball as quickly as the Big 10 does. “Our league is more laid back,” said Dobbs. “You see the difference. We tried to man-up.”

“We got faster and adapted over the season,” senior Chris Yankowski said. “Couldn’t stop the faster pace tonight.”

The Dutch knew they were coming into tough times at Albany, according to Osinski. “Too many points,” he said. “We don’t see that.”

“We competed hard all year, but made too many mental mistakes,” Osinski said, citing three or four games that should have been wins instead of losses. “That put us into a predicament with an away game.”

Guilderland, finishing 8-11, gets Dobbs and seven other players back for next season. The experience gained from this season should carry over.

“I’m proud of the kids,” said Osinski. “They dealt with adversity and still made it a game.”

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