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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 15, 2011

Eagles too much for Dutch in overpowering 77-66 win

DELMAR –– Guilderland Head Coach Ron Osinski said that Bethlehem has “all the ingredients” after the Dutchmen got grilled by the Eagles on Friday.

“They shouldn’t lose a game this year if they play their cards right,” Osinski said of Bethlehem, which won Friday’s contest, 77 to 66. “They outsize everybody.”

Osinski’s prediction, while made in reflection after a loss, didn’t last long. Bethlehem dropped its next contest at Colonie on Tuesday, 55 to 47. The Eagles won’t go undefeated, but its play on Friday was impressive.

In its own right, Guilderland is a good team. But Bethlehem was better. The Dutch got to within three points in the second quarter and six in the third quarter. Both times it looked like the game might swing, but Bethlehem’s jump-shooting and presence under the basket was too much to overcome.

The Eagles made eight three-pointers in the game, five of those coming from Nate Kane, who scored 21 points. Each three-pointer was like a knife to the gut for Guilderland. Kane had plenty of back-up, too. Matt O’Keefe, Casey McGraw, and freshman John Sica combined for 40 points.

“We got killed inside,” said senior Cameron Dobbs, who scored 24 points for the Dutchmen. Going into Friday’s game, he led Section II in points per game with 27. “They manipulated our defense,” he said.

Dobbs is Guilderland’s playmaker; he creates from anywhere. Dobbs will find space for a shot even if none is available. He’s fast off the dribble and his basketball IQ is high. “He gets us going,” fellow senior Alex Gaines said.

However, Guilderland has other weapons –– Gaines, Brian Crupi, Matt Cerutti, Taylor Dubose, and Mike Doynow –– but Osinski would like to see these other players get more involved. “Cameron is our primary threat, but there’s other personnel around him,” Osinski said.

Cerutti, a sophomore, has “gotten his feet wet early,” said Osinski. On Friday, Cerutti had a productive second quarter, getting a few blocks and making two consecutive baskets to get Guilderland within five points of the lead.

Osinski is pleased with Cerutti’s contributions so far and he’s eyeing the return of senior Brandon Courtney, who’s coming back from an injury. “Hopefully, we’ll get better,” he said.

Guilderland’s effort and athleticism is not in question. It was Bethlehem’s size that created problems. “The size was too much,” Dobbs said.

Gaines told The Enterprise that Bethlehem’s shooters kept coming through the back door. “We need to guard and rebound better,” he said.

After two losses to open its Suburban Council schedule, the Dutchmen have gotten back on track. Guilderland’s defense held Mohonasen to 26 points in a victory at home on Tuesday. Mohonasen was fresh off a blow-out of Columbia, scoring 77 points. Columbia beat Guilderland by one point on Dec. 6. Guilderland is 1-2 in the Suburban Council and 3-2 overall.

Dobbs said that “phenomenal” role players surround him, so he hopes to spread the wealth as the season moves along.

“We’re great at running the floor, but we need less mental mistakes,” Dobbs said. “We’ll be a great team if we get rid of the mental lapses.”

— Jordan J. Michael

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