March 2, 2013

Unbeaten Schroon, Moriah battle for D boys’ basketball title

PLATTSBURGH — The Section VII Class D boys’ basketball final is shaping up a good game today with the top two seeds facing off in the championship game.

The Schroon Lake Wildcats come into the game at 19-0 while the Moriah Vikings are only 8-11, but with the capability to pull off a big victory.

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The Wildcats are coming off a strong performance Thursday against the Chazy Eagles defeating them 51-23. Jesse Shaughnessy has been a big player for the Wildcats this year averaging 19.8 points per game, and Tanner Stone averaging 10.4 points a game on the season.

The Wildcats have dominated most of its contests. The Vikings are no slouch however.

After defeating the third-seeded Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions 48-33 on Thursday, the Vikings have to feel confident with the dominating win. Freshman center Adam Jaquish is averaging 12.9 points per game and Derek Brassard 8.7s per game. Jaquish nearly had a triple-double in his last game against the Lions in the semifinals with 15 points, 14 rebounds, and seven blocks on the night. Vikings head coach Brian Cross has seen Jaquish improve throughout the year.

“He has grown a lot this year as a freshman,” said Cross. “Earlier in the year he was getting into a lot of foul trouble trying to block every shot, but he has grown tremendously throughout the year and he has realized he can’t help us when he is in foul trouble and sitting on the bench because he is our top rebounder and with his size we are certainly a much different team with him.”

With Moriah losing to Schroon Lake earlier in the season coach Cross was very happy with the way his team played the whole game. He felt there was a team effort and that is going to be needed in the finals on Saturday.

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