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Moriah prepares for trip to Glens Falls v. New York Mills

The 2013-14 Moriah Vikings

The 2013-14 Moriah Vikings Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— For the second time in the last 11 years, the Moriah boys varsity basketball team will head to the Glens Falls Civic Center to play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s (NYSPHSAA) state championships.

The Vikings (21-2) will play Section III’s New York Mills (21-1), the top ranked team in Class D according to the New York State Sportswriters Association, Friday, March 14 at 11:45 a.m.

The Opponent

  1. New York Mills (21-1)

Coach: Mike Adey

Sr. Nick Comenale - 22, G

24.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.5 spg, 3.1 apg

Sr. Zach Vennaro - 40, F

13.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.4 apg

So. Terrance Nichols - 3, G

8.6 ppg, 4.4 apg, 2.3 rpg

Jr. Andrew Surprenant - 10, G

6.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.1 apg

Sr. Ali Hassan - 52, F

4.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.1 bpg

Sr. Zach Griffin - 12, F

3.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg

Moriah, ranked fifth in the March 4 NYSSWA poll, cruised through the Section VII tournament in defeating Lake Placid, Keene and Westport before scoring 10-point regional wins against then No. 2 and defending Class D champion Argyle and Madrid-Wadington, who had eliminated them from the regional playoffs one year ago.

For head coach Brian Cross, this trip to the Final Four has been about defense.

“We have played very well defensively all year,” said Cross, who guided the Vikings to the state championship game against SS Seward in 2003. “We have been able to rebound the ball well with Taylor Slattery, Noah Gilbo and Adam Jaquish. Tyler Pratt has done a great job defensively against some of the best scorers in the state, holding (Kobe) Lufkin and the Barney kid from Madrid well below their scoring averages.”

The Vikings also played in a very competitive Northern Basketball League Division II, where they faced stiff challenges from Seton Catholic, Moriah and Westport.

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