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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.

— “It feels amazing to beat the state champs,” said Ryan Jaquish, who hit three of four free throws in the final 49 seconds of the game to go with two rebounds. “I try to clear my mind on every free throw and treat it just like practice.”

“Whether or not they were the defending state champs, we know the caliber of program they have in Argyle and this is quite the accomplishment for us to have. Hopefully, we’re not done yet.”

Noah Gilbo added 9 points and eight rebounds for the Vikings, with Jarrod MacDougal scoring 7 points to go with five rebounds and three steals; Taylor Slattery added five points, four rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals; and Pratt scored 1 point along with five assists, two rebounds and two steals.

While the Vikings got a strong fourth quarter from Ryan Jaquish at the line, the team started going 1-for-8 from the free throw stripe in the final eight minutes.

“We have struggled in practice at the line as well,” Cross said. “I keep telling the kids that the big thing is to relax and take their time with the shot.”

The Vikings will play Madrid-Waddington in the Class D regional final, 1:45 p.m. at SUNY Canton. The two teams faced off last season in the regional semifinal round, with M-W coming away with the win before falling victim to the eventual state champion Scots.

“I do not know a lot about them this year, but I know that they are a good team and well coached,” Cross said.

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