March 8, 2014

Short-handed Hornets take on No. 2 Blue Devils

PLATTSBURGH — Since its first postseason game Feb. 19, the No. 2 Ogdensburg Free Academy boys’ basketball team has rolled over everybody in site.

After winning each Section X Class B tournament and Tournament of Champions game by an average of 49.5 points, the Blue Devils (22-1) drubbed No. 7 Voorheesville (21-2) of Section II, 80-49, in the regional semifinals Tuesday.

The team’s lone setback was a 65-63 loss to Albany Academy Dec. 6, an AIS-A institution that would’ve been competing in Class AA if it participated in the NYSPHSAA tournament.

Ogdensburg will now face Plattsburgh High in the NYSPHSAA Class B quarterfinals at the Plattsburgh State Field House at 1:45 p.m. The winner will advance to the final four at the Glens Falls Civic Center March 14.

“We scouted them earlier in the week against Voorheesville,” Hornets (15-4) coach Chris Hartmann said. “All but two of their 80 points were 3-pointers or inside the paint. They run the floor extremely well. We want to get back on defense and force them into a half-court game. We want to be in their face and contest shots.”

Plattsburgh High will be shorthanded when it faces the Blue Devils. After non-basketball related disciplinary issues, the Hornets are down to six eligible players.

“You don’t necessarily have to change your game plan, but you’ve got to be more aware of the foul situations,” Hartmann said. “Regardless, we’ve got to slow the game down anyway and try to take away their fast break.

“We still have a lot of talent on our team. We still have Garrett Frady, who in my opinion, is the best basketball player in Section VII. He’ll take the other five players under his wing, and we’ll give it all we have.”

Ogdensburg is led by junior Kinnon LaRose. LaRose, who is averaging 23.2 points per game, is already being recruited by some well-known NCAA Division I programs, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

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