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Mechanicville Hoop Sweeps Ravena

MHS boys hoop won in a thriller while the Lady Raiders controlled the second half to earn the victory.

The Mechanicville boys and girls basketball teams notched significant Colonial Council wins against the Indians of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.

In Ravena, Coach Rian Richardson’s team ended a two-game skid in a high-scoring thriller, 85-82. Sr. guard Logan Polsinello led all scorers with a career-high 34 points including 5 three-pointers.

The Red Raiders trailed by 4 entering the fourth quarter, 53-49. An uptempo quarter saw the two Colonial Council stalwarts total 46 points. Mechanicville trailed by 3 until Sr. guard Mike Cannizzo sank a three-pointer at the buzzer, sending game into an extra session. MHS would carry the momentum into overtime to win by three.

In addition to Polsinello’s 34, Cannizzo added 18 points and sophomore forward C. J. Tironi chipped in with 13. The rest of the box score is below.

Mechanicville now stands at 9-3 (5-3 in the Colonial) and will have a bye on Tuesday before hosting the rival Cannoneers from Watervliet next Friday night.

On Pruyn Hill, the Lady Raiders played host to Ravena’s girls team. MHS jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the 1st. Sophomore forward Kristin Bazar had a quick 4 points, 4 rebounds, block, and steal in the first stanza. However, the Mechanicville offense would stall as Ravena mounted a 19-4 run to lead 19-15 midway through the 2nd quarter. Some timely steals from junior co-captain Courtney Pingelski righted the Mechanicville ship and the Lady Raiders went into the break up 24-23.

In the second half, coach Bob Murphy’s squad would dominate two critical categories: rebounding and turnovers. Senior center Kim Thompson and junior co-captain Alydia Zecca had 13 rebounds each while junior point guard Kali DeMarco had four assists and no turnovers until the game’s waning seconds. Pingelski and DeMarco tallied four and three steals, respectively, as the Mechanicville defense harassed Ravena into numerous turnovers and rushed shooting attempts.

The Lady Raiders outscored Ravena 27-16 in the second half and calmly salted the game away late in the fourth to win 51-39. Pingelski finished with a career-high 26 points along with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and a block. The rest of the box score is also listed below.

The Mechanicville girls now stand at 5-4 (4-4 in the Colonial) and travel to face two division leaders next week at the Academy of Holy Names and at Watervliet.

Scoring totals from the boys game:

Polsinello 34, Cannizzo 18, Tironi 13, Nico Dumas 8, Evan Dunn 6, Kris Dunn 6

Totals from the girls game:

Points: Pingelski 26, DeMarco 8, Bazar 6, Zecca 4, Thompson 4, Julia Amodeo 2, Amanda Kenyon 1

Rebounds: Thompson 13, Zecca 13, Pingelski 8, Bazar 7, DeMarco 2, Kenyon 2

Assists: DeMarco 4, Pingelski 3, Kenyon 1

Steals: Pingelski 4, DeMarco 3, Bazar 2, Amodeo 1, Kenyon 1, Zecca 1

Blocks: Thompson 2, Pingelski 1, Kenyon 1, Bazar 1

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