It is now mid-March and that means only one thing, New York high school basketball champions have been crowned. Another action packed year is in the books, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the victors from all five NYSPHSAA class brackets. Let us examine the men’s team that celebrated in Glens Falls, NY this season.
Green Tech Eagles (19-5) --- Class AA
Green Tech, an all-boys charter school located in Albany, NY, defeated the Jamestown Eagles 54-49 to win its first ever Class AA Championship. Amazingly enough, the school only started playing as a varsity program four seasons ago. On their championship run, they remarkably defeated a Brentwood team that was riding a 19 game winning streak. The Eagles were led all season by guard Jamil Hood Jr. who scored a team high 18 points in the championship game to help seal a victory. Jamil, whose father is the Eagles head coach, also brought home tournament MVP honors. Hood Jr. summed up the incredible victory by saying, “To think of where we were a couple of years ago and the struggles we had this season it’s pretty incredible to be here as state champions. Amazing, actually.”
Scotia-Glenville Tartans (25-0) --- Class A
The Tartans capped off a magical season with a 66-44 victory over East High School to bring home the school’s first Class A Championship. The Tartans season was perfect…literally. They went 25-0 and outscored opponents by a ludicrous 831 points. That is an average margin of victory of over 33 points per game. Although they won the championship game by 22 points, they only led by three points heading into the fourth quarter. A 21-2 run quickly blew the game open late. Junior forward Joe Cremo, the tournament MVP, put the victory into perspective and said, "We've been playing together for a moment like this for our entire lives. We got a chance tonight and took care of business."
Westhill Warriors (25-0) --- Class B
Westhill High School, located in Syracuse New York, ironically won 25 straight games just like Syracuse University did this season. The 25-0 mark resulted in The Warriors third every Class B Championship. They defeated The Olean Huskies 93-55. Junior guard Jordan Roland, who was named MVP of the tournament, was on fire throughout the contest. He scored 41 points while shooting 16-for-21 from the field and 7-9 from three point-range. His contributions along with his teammate’s Tyler Reynolds, who recorded 38 points, left The Warriors Coach Kevin King astonished. King said, “"Usually these are pretty nerve-wracking games. To play like that, to do that tonight, is just - ridiculous."
Hoosic Valley Indians (21-3) --- Class C
The Hoosic Valley Indians had a fantastic 2013-2014 campaign. Both the girls’ team and the boys’ team made the Class C Championship Game, but only the boys ended up victorious. They defeated the Middle Early College Kats by a score of 67-55 to win their first title. The Indians were led by athletic junior forward John Rooney. He scored 29 points on 12-for-17 shooting to bring home tournament MVP honors. The game was close until a late fourth quarter surge expanded Hoosic Valley’s lead to double digits. Indians coach Dan Calhoun ecstatically claimed, “I really want these guys to soak it all up and enjoy every minute of this. You can’t achieve something like this without a combination of heart, hard work and overcoming obstacles. Having talent is also a part of it, but these guys are a true team and they’ve been that all season. We’re on top of the world.”
New York Mills Marauders (23-1) --- Class D
This was the most competitive men’s championship game of the 2013-2014 campaign. The New York Mills Marauders beat the Coleman Catholic Statesmen 57-50 in overtime to win its third title-the schools second in the past four seasons. The Marauders overcome a five point deficient with under four minutes to play by turning to their senior star Nick Comenale. He scored nine of his team’s final 15 points despite only shooting 9-for-29 from the field. Nick went on to win the tournament MVP because, as champions always do, when it mattered the most he helped carry his team to victory. Marauders coach Mike Adey, a 16 year veteran at New York Mills, summed the season up by saying, “The team and the coaches rallied together and we won a state championship. You can never say, ‘Yeah, we’re going to win it.’ But there was something special about this team.”
By: Andrew Horowitz