March 5, 2013

Moriah foe on big roll

The Moriah boys’ basketball team had a short break before it heads into Class D regional play tonight against Section X champion Madrid-Waddington at 7:45 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam.

The Vikings are coming off a solid 49-44 victory Saturday over Schroon Lake to capture the Section VII Class D crown. Coach Brian Cross is taking Saturday’s victory and putting it towards improving his squad, as they head into their next game.

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“I think the positive (from Saturday’s game) is that we played very well, we bent but we didn’t break,” Cross said. “Looking back, I think maybe if we slowed down the tempo while we were ahead, I think it would have benefited us; it wouldn’t have made us nervous at the end.”

Cross, only having one day of practice to prepare for a Madrid-Waddington team he admitted he “doesn’t know much about”, but believes will not be an easy matchup to handle. Even though Madrid-Waddington (16-7), entered their Section X tournament with the six seed, it was able to get hot at the right time and defeat the number one and three seeds on its way to a Class D title.

“I don’t know what they have for size, but I know they are very athletic,” Cross said. “They have a lot of the same guys back who made it to the final four last year, and I think they are feeding off that right now.”

Madrid-Waddington is led by senior point guard Colin O’Bryan, who averages just less than 14 points per game.

“Madrid has a very good point guard in O’Bryan; we are going to have a very difficult time trying to contain him. We’re probably going to try to do that with more than one person,” Cross said.

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