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Adam Jaquish, Moriah knock out defending state champs

Moriah’s Taylor Slattery makes a pass during the Vikings’ win  against Argyle in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D basketball tournament. Moriah advanced with a 50-40 victory.

Moriah’s Taylor Slattery makes a pass during the Vikings’ win against Argyle in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D basketball tournament. Moriah advanced with a 50-40 victory. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— At the end of each of the first three quarters, Adam Jaquish had both outscored and out-rebounded the defending NYSPHSAA Class D state champion Argyle Scots single-handedly.

Adam Jaquish v. Argyle

A look at the first three quarters of play between the Argyle Scots and Moriah's Adam Jaquish

First quarter:

Argyle - 4 points, 4 rebounds

Jaquish - 7 points, 8 rebounds

Second quarter:

Argyle - 13 points, 9 rebounds

Jaquish - 19 points, 12 rebounds

Third quarter:

Argyle: 23 points, 11 rebounds

Jaquish: 25 points, 17 rebounds

When Jaquish fouled out - 25 points, 20 rebounds

Argyle - 35 points, 20 rebounds

The Scots finished with 40 points and 23 rebounds

As he fouled out with 1:15 in the fourth quarter and the Moriah Vikings leading 45-36 en route to a 50-40 victory March 5, he was tied with the Scots with 20 rebounds each.

Jaquish finished with 25 points and 20 boards as the Vikings (20-2) advanced to the Class D regional finals Saturday, March 8.

“We knew that we had a size advantage and we wanted to post up, get the mismatches and get them in foul trouble,” Jaquish said after the game.

“We knew that Adam would give them trouble in the post and for three quarters we executed our game plan,” Vikings head coach Brian Cross said. “Tyler Pratt played Kobe Lufkin very well and we didn’t let them get into an offensive flow.”

Brock Liddle led the Scots with 12 points, four rebounds and four steals while Lufkin had 11 points to go with five steals. Delsharray Pryce led the Scots with six rebounds.

“Just to get to this point in the season was great, and it means a lot to beat them,” Jaquish, who also had four steals and three blocks, said on his teams’ victory against the defending state champs.

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