TROY — Mike Pierre and John Rooney have the Hoosic Valley boys’ basketball team one win away from the NYSPHSAA Class C championship game.
Rooney and Pierre combined for 43 points, including 18 in a decisive third quarter, as the Indians rolled past Seton Catholic, 67-47, in the regional finals Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College.
“I’d like to have them on my team,” quipped Seton Catholic coach Larry Converse.
Rooney finished with a game-high 24 points and nine rebounds while Pierre added 19 points and nine rebounds. Rooney had 11 points and Pierre seven in a third quarter that saw Hoosic Valley’s six-point lead balloon into a 56-36 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Seniors and four-year varsity players Chris Kustos (17 points, eight rebounds) and Adam Tedford (11 points) paced the Knights, who finished the season 17-4 and as Section VII champions after winning just five games last year.
“It was a tough loss,” said junior Kaden Baugh, who had eight points, seven rebounds and three assists. “I think that we did our best, worked our hardest.”
The Indians advance to play Section III’s Waterville in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Seton Catholic reached Saturday’s regional final after a thrilling finish against Section X’s Tupper Lake that saw Baugh hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Knights got off to an inauspicious start against the Section II champions, going down 6-0 to start and trailing by as much as 10 early on. But Tedford drained two 3-pointers early in the second quarter to get within five, and Seton Catholic was able to keep the deficit to single digits, 31-23, going into the half.
The game could have been closer at the break if not for eight first-half turnovers by Seton Catholic, which finished with 16 for the game. The Indians often turned those turnovers into transition points.