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Boys Rankings/Sectional thoughts.

Stillwater’s Jaxson Muller ices the contest with a layup in the closing seconds to beat Chatham in an early season contest of Class C contenders.

Boys Top 30 teams overall, shown below, using the computer rankings. Here is full list current computer rankings for the boys. computer rankings top 30 teams through 1/21/23

Going to share some quick thoughts on each classification in preparation of upcoming sectionals in February. I fully understand that there are still league title implications and plenty of regular season games left but I thought it would be a good time to take a look forward. Teams still have time to improve or get injured players back before the sectionals start so some of these teams will be higher/lower ranked depending how they finish up their schedule.

Class AA

This year’s Class AA boys teams are just absurdly close from top to bottom. There are 13 teams that are within 13 total points of each other. In the middle of that top 13 are 8 teams separated by TWO POINTS!! Rarely do you ever see a classificiation of any size where there are this many teams that have the potential to win 2 or more games in a tournament. Ballston Spa and Mekeel Christian sit as the top two teams right now but both have losses in the section in the last week. Colonie has strung together six straight wins and is playing its best ball right now. Green Tech has played 5 games in the section, all of them single digit contests. Then we have the eight teams I mentioned above that are less than 2 points apart. (CBA, Niskayuna, Shaker, Bethlehem, La Salle, Saratoga, Shen and Schenectady). Good luck trying to predict who would win any match-up between any of those teams on a given night. Oh yeah, Albany is right below them and has won three of their last four games and playing well. Going to be a fun sectional tournament for this class.

Players to watch that show up on the top 150 scoring leaders posted on the Times Union website.

Deavion SpringsteenAlbany16.3
Malachi PerryAlbany15.4
Nicholas VerdileBallston Spa18.6
Mike MillerBallston Spa15.6
Benjamin PhillipsBallston Spa12
Cam LaClairBethlehem12.8
Kieran BarnesBethlehem12.2
Caden BernardoBethlehem11.2
Logan YoheBethlehem11
Kaelen LeakCBA11
Matt SgambatiCBA10.5
Brandon GordonColonie15.1
Trey Von Owens-CodyColonie11.2
Cam TrimarchiColonie10.7
Haisi MaybenGreen Tech20.9
Ramere BrownGreen Tech11.4
Adam MyersLa Salle17.6
Jason Bradwell Jr.La Salle10.6
Isiah RoseMekeel Christian Academy20.3
Nykim TaylorMekeel Christian Academy17.2
Terrence RobinsonMekeel Christian Academy14.5
Sam BoothNiskayuna17.2
Ethan GilsonNiskayuna10.8
Daniel SmallsNiskayuna10.5
Andrew StallmerSaratoga Springs14.4
Ryan FarrSaratoga Springs14.1
Hutton SnyderSaratoga Springs10.8
Damari HolderSchenectady19.3
Christian GomezSchenectady14.4
Quymaine HaggraySchenectady11
Zacharie MatuluShaker18.3
Andrew MassaroniShenendehowa12.9

Class A

Class A boys have four teams that have a separated themselves as contenders. (Amsterdam, Hudson Falls, Lansingburgh and Troy. Albany Academy doesn’t participate in Section 2 playoffs.) Right below those four teams are another group of teams that could easily spring an upset in a quarterfinal game against the top four. Those teams are Burnt Hills, Gloversville, Columbia, Queensbury and Averill Park.

Amsterdam just defeated Hudson Falls at home in a three point contest last week. They have a balanced attack with five players averaging double digit points per the Times Union website.

Robert ChandlerAlbany Academy18.2
Cyrus MatiaAlbany Academy11.8
Jack LouridasAlbany Academy11.7
Elijah GodboltAlbany Academy10.7
Jhai VellonAmsterdam17.6
Cesar ThompsonAmsterdam15.2
Victor DuenoAmsterdam14.8
Alec BartoneAmsterdam12
JaShean VannAmsterdam10.8
Ben KlineBurnt Hills16.6
Evan RainvilleColumbia16.6
Mariano DicaterinoGloversville18
James CollarGloversville14
Peyton SmithHudson Falls26.6
Wesley McIntyreLansingburgh20.1
Aayden GreenLansingburgh14
James OliverLansingburgh12.3
Jacob PaolinoMohonasen10.4
Trevon BaileyQueensbury15.9
Chase BakerQueensbury11.2
Terrance ClarkTroy19
Stetson MerrittTroy17.9
Daniel CovingtonTroy15

Class B

Catholic Central and Tamarac are the clear favorites in Class B. The Crusaders took out Tamarac in last year’s tournament. Both have top 5 players in the area on their teams (Darien Moore of CCHS and Joey Poulin of Tamarac) and other key parts that make them the teams to beat. Glens Falls, Ichabod Crane, Fonda, Watervliet, Schalmont and Bishop Gibbons sit right behind them with Mechanicville, Schuylerville, Ravena and Cohoes knocking on the door as teams that could pull an upset early in the tournament.

Players to watch that show up on the top 150 scoring leaders posted on the Times Union website.

Esiasyn StarrBishop Gibbons16.7
Jaquare JonesBishop Gibbons14.8
Zackarhi ArchieBishop Gibbons13.3
Dequawn GheenBishop Gibbons12
Ryan Savoie Jr.Broadalbin-Perth19.9
Samuel HotalingBroadalbin-Perth11.8
Chris RogersCairo-Durham13.4
Darien MooreCatholic Central24.3
Sei’Mir RobersonCatholic Central15.3
Nick RileyCatholic Central11
Nick PetersonCobleskill12.5
Zowen CollinsCobleskill10.5
Marquay TanksleyCohoes15.5
Robert HughesCoxsackie-Athens11.3
Jackson CusackFonda15.2
Kellen DriscollGlens Falls16.8
Cooper NadlerGlens Falls11.8
Cody ThompsonGreenville11.5
Jack GiarussoGreenville11.1
Brett LarsonGreenville10.8
Keith RobinsonHudson17.9
Kristyain ClarkeHudson15.8
Jordan CunninghamHudson13.8
Alex SchmidtIchabod Crane22.1
Daniel WarnerIchabod Crane16.6
Braden JonesJohnstown17.4
Ryan HoytJohnstown13.3
Fen EganMechanicville11
Jack ReifRavena11.3
Isaiah SmithSchalmont15
Elijah SmithSchalmont14.5
Luke ShermanSchuylerville24
Brady SmithSouth Glens Falls16.3
Ryan FitzsimmonsSouth Glens Falls10.8
Zach RoweTaconic Hills10.9
Joey PoulinTamarac24.4
Mike D’AgostinoTamarac15.1
Jack CaseyTamarac11.6
Daheem WilsonWatervliet22.4
Jay ChaplinWatervliet16.5

Class C/CC

Class C has too many teams to run a single tournament so the Section splits them into C and CC. Here are the teams that go in each category.

The top two teams in the full classification have been Hoosic Valley and Duanesburg. They both are heavy favorites to meet in that final if they continue their strong play. Hoosic Valley has one loss to Class B contender Tamarac and Duanesburg is undefeated and rolling through WAC play. The next five teams in order of the power rankings are in the Class CC tournament. They are Stillwater, Chatham, Voorheesville, Hoosick Falls and Greenwich. Stillwater are the defending sectional champs and hold a close victory over Chatham as the two opened their seasons in a pre-Thanksgiving tournament. The winners of each bracket play to see who advances out of the Section.

Players to watch that show up on the top 150 scoring leaders posted on the Times Union website.

Jesse FrancoeurBerlin-New Lebanon10.5
Dayne CoatesBerne-Knox19.5
AJ WrightBerne-Knox15.1
Blake ShaverBerne-Knox11.6
Antonio FairleyCanajoharie22.1
Matt ThorsenChatham18.4
Jacob BaccaroChatham14
Jeffrey MulhernDuanesburg19.5
Ethan ThompsonDuanesburg12.1
Casey ClarkeGalway13
Josh LovelassGalway11.9
Zach KenyonGalway10.6
Caleb NelsonGranville25.5
Cody NelsonGranville12.3
Joe SkiffGreenwich18.2
Jacob ZiehmGreenwich11.4
Ryan AllingGreenwich10.5
Isaiah EcklerHoosic Valley23.5
Logan ReillyHoosic Valley13.9
Jake SparksHoosick Falls18.9
Jack WelchLake George14
Brady ColeMaple Hill12
Trevor RubertiMayfield19.5
Cameron AbdellaMayfield11.6
Troy CammerMiddleburgh17.6
Colton ChristensenOppenheim-Ephratah/St Johnsville16.6
Justin DruscherSaratoga Central Catholic14.2
Aiden DunneSaratoga Central Catholic11.5
Matt BernhardtSchoharie11.9
Preston DiGiovanniSchoharie10.7
Nathan BurkeSchoharie10.5
Jaxon MuellerStillwater16
Lukas LilacStillwater15.2
Carson CarrowVoorheesville19.8
Seth WilsonVoorheesville11.4
Steve SchlossWarrensburg20.9
Evan LaPellWarrensburg17.7
Derrick PontoreWaterford16.1
Matt SodenWaterford11.3

Class D

Three teams loom as favorites to capture the Class D crown. Right now North Warren, Northville and Argyle are slightly above a group of 5 teams that hope to improve their play and challenge them. (Hartford, Loudonville Christian, Hawthorne Valley, Germantown and Fort Ann.

North Warren has three double digit scorers led by Sean Evans. Northville’s Jacob Frank is averaging 20+ points a game and just recorded his 1000th career point. Argyle has the leading scorer in the section, Hunter Ingram, who is scoring at 30+ points a night. Ingram just netted 55 points in a win over Corinth.

Players to watch that show up on the top 150 scoring leaders posted on the Times Union website

Hunter IngramArgyle30.2
Brandon SaundersArgyle13.5
Dylan BrownFort Ann15.5
Cal BoucherFort Edward11.8
Stephen GrayFort Plain12
Dylan KeaneFort Plain11.4
Ray HarringtonHartford20.1
Austin WellsHartford11.4
Oliver ToweHawthorne Valley20
Henri ToweHawthorne Valley12
Mike MarshallLoudonville Christian16.3
Jared PrattLoudonville Christian12.9
Sean EvansNorth Warren20
Semaj CuylerNorth Warren12.3
Derrick TyrellNorth Warren10.8
Jacob FrankNorthville20.3

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