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Moriah falls in Final Four action

New York Mills reaches state title game

Moriah lost to New York Mills in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Mills scored a 57-24 win March 14. Moriah finishes the season with a 21-3 record.

Moriah lost to New York Mills in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Mills scored a 57-24 win March 14. Moriah finishes the season with a 21-3 record. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— The key for rivals of the Moriah Vikings in the 2013-14 boys varsity basketball season was finding a way to stop sophomore Adam Jaquish.

All had, for the most part, failed — until New York Mills brought the height and quickness needed to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Mills scored a 57-24 win March 14.

Moriah finishes the season with a 21-3 record.

Jaquish was held to seven points and eight rebounds by the Marauders, who triple-covered the Vikings’ top offensive option every time he got the ball.

“They are so long up top,” Moriah Coach Brian Cross said after the game. “Early on we were able to get the ball into the short corner, but we were not able to finish.”

The Vikings held a 7-6 lead in the middle of the opening quarter before New York Mills scored the final six points of the stanza, both on three pointers by Andrew Surprenant. From then on, the Marauders out-scored the Vikings, 45-17.

“It was a physical game and we got out-rebounded a couple times which turned a four point game into a nine point game,” Cross said. “The way they started the second half and with Adam in foul trouble, I knew we were in trouble then.”

Tyler Pratt, in his final game as a member of the Vikings basketball program, scored six points on back-to-back three pointers in the third. He also had four rebounds and two assists.

“This can happen to the best of us,” Pratt said. “21-3 is a pretty good season and it is a great feeling to get this far in both basketball and football.”

“Tyler has done a great job for the last two years at the point for us,” Cross said. “He is going to leave everything that he has out there on the court.”

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