Moriah 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.
- 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.