Falcons handle Bisons
by Shannon Friel
Albany High School varsity boy’s basketball team won a hard-fought game against Shaker 72-60, Friday night, keeping them in the running for the semi-finals.
Isaiah Scurry, one of Albany’s top players, hopes to receive an athletic scholarship for college, and is a top rebounder and three-point shooter. He hopes his team gets to the semi-finals at the Times Union Center. “I saw my brother play at the Times Union when Bishop Maginn was a powerhouse, and I thought to myself, man, I wish that was me.”
Albany High executed their plays flawlessly with sharp passes, clear communication and high-intensity man-to-man defense.
The Falcons held a 20 point lead by halftime. “The beginning set the tone energy-wise and forced them to turn the ball over a lot, leading to our lead in the beginning,” said guard Anthony Prato.
A big moment in the game for Albany was when guard Trayvon Reynolds ended a perfect play with a layup right at the sound of the halftime buzzer, making the score 35-15.
Friday night’s win broke a two game losing streak against Averill Park and Shenendehowa. The team agreed these losses had added fuel to the fire.
“We obviously struggled to take care of the ball,” Shaker High Coach Jamie Haver said after the game.The pressure from Albany’s defense didn’t allow them to take shots in the first half. Haver said that his team came out “flat.”
Shaker came out of half-time with new energy and their top-scorer, Brian Hayes, scored over 20 points. Hayes’ streak was not enough to make up for Shaker’s deficit in the first half.
Albany has three more divisional games to be tied for second in sectionals. Albany High’s next home game is Friday, February 6, and it will also be Coaches vs. Cancer and Senior Night.-30-