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April 6, 2014

Jaquish, Cross headline Div. II boys' basketball all-stars

The Moriah boys’ basketball team suffered just one loss in Northern Basketball League Division II play and made a playoff run all the way to the Class D final four, so it’s no surprise the Vikings are well-represented on the Division II All-Star Team.

Moriah had three selections, including the MVP and Coach of the Year, and Seton Catholic, Ticonderoga and Westport all had two.

The All-Stars and individual awards were chosen by the NBL coaches.

Most Valuable Player

Adam Jaquish (Moriah)- Although just a sophomore, the 6-foot-6-inch center was a force in the NBL. He led the league in scoring all season, finishing with a 17.6 points-per-game average. Jaquish was a consistent offensive threat — he reached double figures in every regular-season game and scored 20 or more points on eight occasions this year. His season high of 25 came in an NYSPHSAA regional victory against Argyle, when he also grabbed 20 rebounds.

The Vikings depended on Jaquish to control the boards and to thwart opponents in the paint. He also played smart, avoiding serious foul trouble in most games.

Coach of the Year

Brian Cross (Moriah)- Cross guided the young Vikings to the NYSPHSAA Class D final four for the first time since 2003. In his 14th year at the helm, Cross’ team, which featured three sophomore starters and just one senior who played significant minutes, went 21-3.

After going on a 14-game winning streak during the season and finishing first in Division II, Moriah won the Section VII championship and a regional title. The Vikings fell in the state semifinals to the eventual champion, New York Mills.

First Team

Kaden Baugh (Seton Catholic)- Baugh was the Knights’ second-leading scorer with 12.8 points per game, which also put him among the NBL’s top-20 scoring leaders. The junior guard stepped up when Seton Catholic’s top scorer missed a regional game — Baugh scored a season-high 25 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, in a 60-57 win vs. Tupper Lake.

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