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Albany High loses battle to La Salle

February 10, 2015

bu Matthew Woods

Albany High plays La Salle in Troy Tuesday night/Matthew Woods

Albany High plays La Salle in Troy Tuesday night/Matthew Woods

The Albany High School boy’s basketball team faced a tough, senior-driven, La Salle Institute team to close out their last game Tuesday night against an original Big Ten Conference member.

La Salle emerged victorious over the Falcons, 59-47, in a game that was extremely fast paced and back-and-forth until the later stages.

The Falcons late game mishaps proved costly as the Cadets capitalized on their mistakes.  The rebounding department was particularly troublesome as the Cadets grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and racked up 14 points off of those rebounds; especially since the Falcons only fell by 12.

Falcons senior guard, Cy-Mier Dace, rallied the Falcons in the first half and scored 12 of his game high 18 before halftime.  Going into the break, the Falcons held a slim one point lead after a late La Salle rally.

Albany High School head coach Sean Brown kept his team in check in the firs quarters and it was clear that the Falcons weren’t going down without a fight.

“In the first half we had a lot of energy, we came ready to play and had a lot of solid defensive stops,” Brown said. “We just didn’t have the ability in the second half to make the same plays we did in the first.”

The second half started off strong for both teams.  They were neck-and-neck until the late stages of the third quarter when senior guard Joe Germinario helped the Cadets break out a 10-0 run to close out the quarter and give La Salle a more comfortable lead.

“La Salle did great with adjusting at halftime.  They used a box-and-1 defense to stop Cy-Mier.  Cy-Mier has been great all year and has a heart of a champion,” said Brown.

As La Salle took their large lead, they used clock management to extinguish any Falcons late surge.

The Falcons are now preparing for the final game of the regular season next week against New York City’s, Frederick Douglas Academy. Next year they join the Suburban Council alongside Troy High School, Schenectady High School, and Christian Brothers Academy.

“Our post game conversation was to assess the areas that we were deficient in all year long,” Brown said. “So if we can get our guys on the same page and play defense, we can expect to be a scary team for someone to play.”

Brown sees potential in his players and anticipates success in the Suburban Council next year.

“This year was up and down,” Brown said, “But these guys have the ability and I’m proud of them.” -30-

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