Patriots edged in double overtime, 46-45

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Broadalbin-Perth’s Jackson Sassanella races up court after stealing the ball during a Section II Class B quarterfinal game against Mechanicville Friday at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

CLIFTON PARK — After pulling out an overtime victory over Cohoes in the opening round of the Section II Class B tournament, the Broadalbin-Perth boys were looking to continue their postseason run against Mechanicville.

For the second straight game, for both squads, it took extra time to decide a winner.

After being deadlocked at the end of regulation and the first overtime period, Mechanicville got a single-point lead with 11-seconds remaining.

The Patriots made a run upcourt, getting a shot off that fell short but in a scramble for the rebound, tied the ball up and regained possession under their backboard with one second on the clock.

The Patriots’ Michael Magliocca got the ball in to Jadon Wert driving toward the basket. Wert’s layup off the glass bounced twice off the rim before falling off the front as time expired an Mechanicville celebrated its 46-45 victory Friday night at Shenendehowa High School.

“We ran the play to a T with one second left. He caught it and just over shot it a little bit,” Broadalbin-Perth coach tucker Gifford said. “We got a great look and that is all you can ask for. I will take that shot every time. I get that layup with one second left in double overtime of a sectional game. I will take that shot and nine times out of 10 that is going to drop. It just didn’t tonight.”

With the victory No. 4 Mechanicville (21-1) advances to play No. 9 Hoosick Falls at 8 p.m. Monday in the Class B semifinals at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls. The Panthers advanced to the semifinals with a 60-58 upset of top-seeded Catskill Friday at Hudson Valley Community College.

Also advancing to the semifinals were No. Schalmont and No. 3 Glens Falls. They will play at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Glens Falls.

The Broadalbin-Perth defense forced the Mechanicville ball handlers into turnovers, which the Patriots turned into points. Dante Calderone led the Patriots first-quarter scoring with five points and Jackson Sassanella added four to jump out to a 9-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

Mechanicville’s Luci D’Ambro picked up his game, putting up six of the Red Raiders’ first seven points to tie the game at 13 apiece with 4:19 left in the opening half. Anthony Attala converted a free throw to give Mechanicville its first lead of the game 14-13 before Wert and Sassanella hit unanswered baskets to give the Patriots a 17-14 halftime advantage.

Broadalbin-Perth built its lead to five, 28-23, with 2:57 left in the third quarter before Tyler Dion hit a 3-pointer and a basket to tie the game at 28 heading into the fourth quarter.

Wert his back-to-back 3-pointers for the Patriots and Dion hit for the Red Raiders to put the score at 34-30 before Mechanicville went on a 5-1 run to tie the game at 35 with 2:07 left in regulation.

At that same time, the Patriots suffered a loss as Sassanella, the team’s point guard, picked up his fifth foul and had to sit out the rest of the game.

Mariano DiCaterino converted a free throw for the Patriots to put them up 36-35 before Tyler Eiseman added a free throw for the Red Raiders to tie the game at 36, where it remained through the final 90 seconds to send the game into overtime.

“For us losing Jackson in the fourth quarter and not have him for two overtimes was tough because that takes our leader off the floor,” Gifford said. “He runs the point and the two. He played 32 minutes a game all season and rarely gets subbed. For him to foul out and lose him for the final ten minutes was tough but give credit to the rest of the guys for stepping up.”

Calderone, who was held scoreless after the first quarter, opened the overtime with a basket for the Patriots before Devin Garland scored his first points of the game with a 3-pointer to put the Red Raiders in front. Garland added a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 41-38 before DiCaterino hit a deep 3-pointer to tie the game at 41 with 56 seconds left in the first overtime.

Both teams had shots rim out in the closing seconds, sending the game into a second four minute overtime tied at 41.

Attala put Mechanicville up 43-41 with his basket in the opening minute and Garland added another free throw before Eiseman added two more free throws to give the Red Raiders a 46-41 advantage with 1:24 left.

Wert drew a foul on a 3-point attempt and converted all three free throws to cut the lead to two, 46-44 with 39 seconds showing on the clock. Ryan Visco made it a one-point game when he drew a foul from Attala, his fifth, scrambling for a rebound and made one of two attempts to put the score a 46-45 with 20 seconds left.

Mechanicville had a chance to extend its lead with Garland at the free-throw line, but he missed both attempts. Calderone grabbed the rebound and charged up court, taking a shot that hit the rim. The rebound was tied up, with Broadalbin-Perth gaining possession under its basket, setting up the final play of the game only to have it fall away from the net, advancing the Red Raiders to the Class B Final Four.

“Honestly, that is what this team does, we battle to the very end,” Gifford said. “There were numerous times where things were going their way and not ours, but like the other night, when our backs were against the wall we made a play and then another play.”

Wert finished with a game-high 16 points for the Patriots, while Sassanella added 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals and DiCaterino had 10 points, five rebounds and an assist to go with seven points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks for Calderone.

“What a great career for Dante,” Gifford said. “I am mad at myself for not being able to give him a chance to play on the Civic Center floor. We have been stung here the past few times and that hurts. What he started here this year with this group, we are going to try to finish next year. This isn’t going to slow us down, it was just a set back. I just love the fact that I never, ever have to question our effort. I never have to question what we bring to the table. I just coach basketball and they bring everything else. That showed. These kids worked hard all season and made such great strides.”

Dion was the lone Red Raider to reach double figures with 10 points, while Attala and D’Ambro both finished with nine and Germain had eight to go with six from Garland.

“It was two different types of defense. They played a 3-2 zone and we played hard-nosed man,” Gifford said. “Both defenses stifled each other. Look at the score. It was ugly at times. They did their style very well and there is a reason they are 21-1 now. But I thought this was just a great high school basketball game. Double-overtime what else could you ask for. We had our chances it just did not turn out in our favor.”

Mechanicville 46, Broadalbin-Perth 45, 2 OT

Broadalbin-Perth 9 8 11 8 5 4 — 45

Mechanicville 6 8 14 8 5 5 — 46

Broadalbin-Perth

M. DiCaterino 3-3-10, Sassanella 5-1-11, Wert 5-3-16, Visco 0-1-1, Calderone 3-1-7. Totals: 16-9-45.

Mechanicville

Attala 3-3-9, Dion 4-1-10, Germain 3-0-8, D’Ambro 4-1-9, Eiseman 0-4-4, Garland 1-3-6. Totals: 15-12-46.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 4 (Jadon Wert 3, Mariano DiCaterino); Mechanicville 4 (Josh Germain 2, Tyler Dion, Devin Garland)

By Paul Wager

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