Dumas, Polsinello Headstrong in Win over Ichabod

The Mechanicville boys rallied to win their third game of the season.

Coach Rian Richardson’s up-tempo offense got off to a sputtering start with Mechanicville trailing 26-14 in the 2nd quarter. Primary ball handler Nico Dumas took a knock to the head, landing awkwardly off a rebound. Logan Polsinello had difficulty finding his range in Ichabod Crane’s airplane-hangar-esque gymnasium and inside presence CJ Tironi was in early foul trouble. But all of that was not enough to delivery the knockout blow to the Red Raiders as Mechanicville would rally to win 53-50.

Dumas was pulled from the game briefly after hitting the deck in the 2nd quarter. However, he reentered the game and delivered a quick burst of offense to stop the bleeding. Polsinello nailed a three with time winding down bring Mechanicville within 4 at half, 28-24.

Tironi, Dunn, and Co. gradually gained control of the rebound margin, which was key to the Riders early lead. In the end, the Raiders found their range from the field and the Riders turned cold.

The win is Mechanicville’s third overall (3-1) and second in the Colonial Council (2-1). The return to the court on Tuesday against Schalmont in Rotterdam.

Points – Dumas 18, Polsinello 18, Tironi 8, Mike Cannizzo 5, Evan Dunn 4

The Ichabod Crane Lady Riders welcomed the Lady Raiders to begin the twin bill. Falling behind early, Mechanicville clawed back to lead 13-12 early in the 2nd quarter. Ichabod would answer with a run of their own and lead 24-17 at the half.

The Lady Raiders struggled in adjusting from one of the largest courts in the league (Cohoes) to one of the smallest (Ichabod Crane). The Riders size also gave Mechanicville fits, particularly in the backcourt.

The Raider defense had been stalwart, generating 16 steals on the night lead by Courtney Pingelski’s 6. As the deficit pushed to 13 in the 3rd, Mechanicville was unable to get closer than 9 the rest of the way. Ichabod Crane held firm to a ten-point lead and would go on to win 53-42.

Julia Amodeo lead Mechanicville in scoring with 13 points and added 6 rebounds. Pingelski had 10 points, 4 assists, and the aforementioned 6 steals.

Points – Amodeo 13, Pingelski 10, Kim Thompson 5, Alydia Zecca 4, Sarah Erno 4, Kali DeMarco 2, Carolyn Corcoran 2, Erin Maloney 2

Rebounds – Thompson 6, Pingelski 6, Kristin Bazar 2, Erno 2, Amanda Kenyon 2, Zecca 2, Corcoran 1, DeMarco 1, Maloney 1, Pingelski 1

Steals – Pingelski 6, Zecca 3, Kenyon 2, Amodeo 2, Bazar 1, Erno 1

Assists – Pingelski 4, DeMarco 3, Amodeo 1, Zecca 1

Blocks – Erno 2, Amodeo 1, Zecca 1

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