Hello from Glens Falls Civic Center for the Class AA state championship game, a rare stop for Section VI but one it makes today with Jamestown.
All my typing is to keep an account of the game which I use to help me write my story. Feel free to monitor the game and even comment on our AD-FREE blog, but PLEASE be mindful that I won't be able to answer every question while I'm live blogging this game. Thanks very much.
I may start the blog earlier than the 3:15 p.m. tipoff since I'm here courtside for the A final between Section III (Syracuse area) champion Jamesville-Dewitt and Harborfields of Long Island.
Both of today's finals are being televised live by Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
Afterwards, feel free to add your comments on the post.
The box score will be up at our scoreboard page as soon as possible.
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Check out my take, interviews and photographs in our PrepTalkTV episode compiled by photographer Mark Mulville and producer Lauren Mariacher.
Many of the same cool photos by Mulville are included in a photo gallery.
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Just a tremendous season for Jamestown. When you consider that they are just the 10th Section VI program to make the championship game in the state's largest class (and just the second from outside the city of Niagara Falls), that gives you some good perspective of the level the Red Raiders reached.
They were overmatched against Mount Vernon, but they sure started the game like they weren't. Actually, they had some looks at some threes that didn't go down, and they had that foul trouble with Butts and Paige, so maybe they could have hung in there longer -- but this Mount Vernon team is one that lives up to that program's reputation. Just so deep, so talented and just too much for Jamestown. Hines is an elite player and showed that both days.
Jaysean Paige certainly left an impression on Glens Falls with his fearlessness in taking on high-level opponents and his often-spectacular scoring. Butts was tremendous in handling the ball against Albany CBA in the semifinal. Senior Joey Campion was a warrior, notably against Mount Vernon and its pressure; he played like he was relishing the challenge, throwing his body around, taking (and making) big shots, showing leadership on the floor.
That's it for now. Quite a season. It's been a blast as always.
Next up is analyzing All-Western New York matters and straightening out a final poll. Our All-WNY issue will appear in early to mid-April.