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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Shen boys hoops open strong

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Shen boys hoops open strong

I capped my Black Friday by taking in the Shenendehowa boys basketball Tip-Off Festival game Friday night as the Plainsmen opened up against CHSAA's Nazareth of Brooklyn.

I usually make a joke about the Shenendehowa boys basketball team looking like the soccer team in sneakers...all of them standing 6-foot or shorter and unable to jump.

Boy was I wrong.

Shenendehowa brings back some height in 6-foot-6 senior center Ryan Murphy and the squad only sports four players under the basketball Mendoza line of 6-0.

This year's group should be a lot of fun to watch. They are athletic, quick and unselfish, exactly what head coach Tony Dzikas is looking for.

Now all they have to do to make their coach happy is rebound more and play tighter defense to put teams away.

Basically, "It ain't over until it's over."

One other thing the Plainsmen could use is fans. The Plainsmen student body fully supports the ice hockey team, filling the Clifton Park Arena and gladly paying admission to help the squad offset its ice costs, but how about some love for the cagers!

The Plainsmen dropped a good Nazareth squad 69-51 to open its season, story here, and will face Big 10 powerhouse Schenectady 6:30 p.m. Sunday night before opening its Suburban Council season 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, hosting Ballston Spa.

I hope to see you there.

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