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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Post game: Shen at Saratoga boys basketball, 79-64 Shen

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, January 16, 2010

Post game: Shen at Saratoga boys basketball, 79-64 Shen

It was a game of opportunities Friday night as Shenendehowa traveled to rival Saratoga Springs for a boys varsity basketball game and a battle between the top teams in the Suburban Council.

When the dust settled it was the Plainsmen who took full advantage of every opportunity in the contest, especially the Blue Streaks turnovers early in the contest to roll, 79-64. Shen had a 22-point lead at one point in the contest and Shen had seven steals in the first half alone.

There were several highlights in the contest that didn't go into the print edition that I wanted to share:
  • The Fourth Estate: It was nice to sit in press row again with Jim Schlitz from the Schenectady Gazette and Sean Martin from the Times Union, two good guys in the business and showed how big of a game this was.

  • Speaking of big games, the Saratoga Springs student section finally came out in force. I believe that this was the biggest crowd to see a boys contest in years. The bleachers were filled and it was standing room only in the corners. (Personally, I think they should have gone with a 15 minute half-time to allow all to take advantage of the concession stand, but that's me.)

  • Temper...Temper! The excitement carried over outside the lines Friday night as one adult spectator stormed onto the court after the referees during a time-out. He was quickly corralled by the Saratoga chaperones, AD Peter Sheehan and one of Saratoga Springs Finest. Needless to say, he didn't see the end of the game.

  • T-time in Saratoga. Saratoga Springs head coach Mitch Snyder received a technical foul call after arguing a call with one of the referees. I think he was OK until the ref came over to explain the call and Snyder decided to put his arm around the ref. He must have an issue with personal space and T'd him up. It didn't stop there as even before the ball was inbounded after the two free, free throws senior Tony DeLoatch was T'd up for throwing an elbow to create the far end of the throw by the same referee.

  • Why can't we be friends?? Both coaches say that they are friendly, but Mitch Snyder and Shenendehowa's Tony Dzikas did have a few words at the scorers table during the contest. Dzikas walked away and Snyder appeared shocked that the Shen coach was upset. He did have a sizeable lead, so why walk away angry. Snyder took the high road and kneeled near his bench, eyeing Dzikas with a smile on his face. The Shen coach wouldn't even look over. They both joked about it after the game with reporters, but when Dzikas kidded about the incident as Snyder was leaving, he kept on walking....the gamesmanship never ends.

  • A quiet 30? It was a good quote, but Snyder called St. Edward's University-bound Shenendehowa senior Matt Miner's output a "quiet 30." Of course with the double-digit onslaught from teammates Jose Reyes with 16, Dan Lee with 15 and Josh Koopman busting out with 13.
The best thing may be that these two will meet again, Thursday, Feb. 11 at Shenendehowa, the next to last game of the year for the Plainsmen. Expect it to be another barn burner. Check out my game story in today's Saratogian.

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