Five things to know about this weekend’s high school basketball schedule

1 – One of the biggest stories and turnarounds of this winter was the return to basketball prominence of the Burnt Hills women’s program. The Spartans, now under the tutelage of Gary Bynon (a coach who led the women’s volleyball team to seven state titles), clinched the No. 2 seed in the Class A sections. against the survivor of the game between No. 10 seed Lansingburgh and No. 7 Troy would give Burnt Hills 13 wins this season, a total matching the production of the last three seasons combined.

2 – The Shenendehowa and Averill Park women’s basketball teams met for the second time this season in game action on Monday for an out-of-league contest between suburban council powers who both won league titles. section in 2020. Averill Park edged Shen 51-50 for their first victory over the Plainsmen since 2014. The two teams also clashed earlier this season and will do so again on Monday as both look to secure top titles No. 1 seed in Class AA (Shen) and Class A (Averill Park) tournaments.

3 – Except for three Class B openers on Friday, the first full day of sectional men’s basketball games will take place on Saturday with 20 games played at the Class AA, B, CC and C levels. and D begin the tournament on Wednesday with seven first-round matches.

4 — Royal Brown, a junior Cohoes guard who leads Division II with 34.4 ppg, has the Tigers ahead with a 19-1 record and the No. 2 seed in a loaded Class B group . On Monday, Cohoes wrapped up their Colonial Council slate in style with an 84-71 road win over Ichabod Crane with Brown dropping a school-record 47 points.

5 – There are five area basketball teams ranked in the top five in the state rankings. Four of them are women’s teams: Averill Park (No. 5, Class A No. 5), Schalmont (No. 2, Class B), Duanesburg (No. 3, Class C) and Greenwich (No. 4, class C). Tamarac is the No. 1-ranked Class B men’s basketball team for the fifth straight week and brings a 15-game winning streak to sectional play.

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