New York Mills falls short in state semi-finals
By MIKE LEVIN
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - The undefeated season by the New York Mills boys basketball team wasn't expected to be over until Saturday, but the Marauders fell into the trap sprung by Maple Grove, and lost 56-50 in the Class D state semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Red Dragons jumped out to as high a lead as 16 but the Marauders came back, going in front two different times in the fourth. But the #1 team in the state couldn't seal the deal and it's Maple Grove who is advancing to Saturday's title game. The Red Dragon's Chris Secky led all scorers with 20.
Mills has three key players returning, in what could become a "Big Three" in the Maruader front court. Starters Welch and Fred Russ, who had the team high 17 against Maple Grove, along with Sixth Man Jeff Albright, who scored the final basket of the year for NY Mills. It could be a sign of things to come next year.
"We came out real flat, down 21-5, brought it back to a one point game at half. This whole game we didn't play like any other games all season, we didn't have our running game going," said senior guard Matt Dziekan after the loss.
"They're an outstanding team, we came in, we had high hopes of going to the final game. When they came in, they beat us on a couple fast breaks, we weren't getting back. They got the early points in the beginning of the game," added sophomore center Matt Welch.
It was still a season for the ages for the Marauders, even if they fell short of their ultimate goal of winning a state title. "We played in Glens Falls, first NY Mills team since '89 to do it, something to be proud of and something for the younger guys to take back for next year. Work hard, they can come back and try to do it again," said senior guard Jeremy Miller.