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Albany High boys fall to Schenectady 69-47

February 7, 2015

by Vinnie Rullo

The Albany High School boys basketball varsity team lost to Schenectady Friday night. The 69 to 47 loss cast a bit of shadow on senior night. Albany coach Sean Brown, and his players described this game as a tough loss, but a game they can grow from  moving forward.

Schenectady controlled the tempo of the game the entire way and Albany struggled to attack their zone defense. Albany missed a lot of layup attempts and settled for too many jump shots. Brown, after the game, pointed out what were the key factors in which resulted in tonight’s loss. “Our inability to fiinish at the rim, taking too many jump-shots, and emotions of the night,” said Brown.

“If we had less turnovers it would have been a different game,” said center Shaliem Caldwell. He scored 9 points and was his team’s leading scorer and rebounder.

Albany High hoops Friday night/Vinnie Rullo

Albany High hoops Friday night/Vinnie Rullo

But Albany also struggled with Schenectady’s speed. “We had less intensity, they came into our house and beat us, we need to rebound, and work on everything,” said Demmitt. Guard Cy-Mier Dance who was one of Albany’s leading scorers in Friday’s game with 7 points, is looking forward to sectionals, and likes how the team is playing. “We need to keep building and try to get better every day in practice, and get together,” Dance said.

Albany honored six senior players before the game, guard Shamar Brandon, center, Shaliem Caldwell, guard, Qhamarii Colemam, guard, Cy-Mier Dace,  guard, Darren Demmitt,  guard, History Robinson.

Brown praised his senior students and described them as the leaders on his team. “They’re a group of leaders who are very passionate about studies and basketball,” Brown said.

Caldwell described his experience playing basketball as a great learning experience as both a player, and as a student.

“Coach Brown taught me on and off the court to stick together as a team, and to focus on my studies,” said Caldwell.  He thanked his mother for his success as a player and student. “She’s my biggest critic and biggest fan at the same time,” said Caldwell.

At the foul line/Vinnie Rullo

At the foul line/Vinnie Rullo

Caldwell’s mother Dona Coles was proud of her son on senior night, and said the team involvement has benefited. “The program has made him stronger and turned him into a stronger young man academically, and as an athlete,” said Coles.

Darren Demmitt also a senior like Caldwell described playing for Albany as a great experience. “I’m thankful for the coaching staff, we wouldn’t be as close a team without them, coach Brown taught me how to be a student first then athlete,” Demmitt said.2015-02-06-20.52.591-225x300

Although Albany struggled in tonight’s game the players  said they stayed together as a team, and will build on playing smarter basketball.

“We didn’t give up until the end, played hard until the last whistle, didn’t point fingers, and stuck it out,” said Brown.

“We need to stay together, and could do something big in sectionals and shock the world,” said Caldwell.-30-

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