Another big night for Zach Sawyer of Waterville.
Photos-Rick Surprenant for MHTS
Teams made up of hard working, hard playing players, like those who dot the Waterville roster would have none of the moral victories nonsense.
Despite leaving the court at the Glens Falls Civic Center on the short side of tonight’s 62-58 score, that ended up in favor of the state’s number one ranked Hoosic Valley Indians, the other Indians from Waterville High, get mad props and much respect from fans that filled both sides of the big arena and from me as well.
Despite trailing by 13 points mid way through decisive third quarter, Waterville dug deep and scratched and clawed its way back, to trail by just one, 49-48, with a fateful 4:54 left in the game and the season.
Back to back three’s by Zach Sawyer, who had a team high 26 points, helped his team rally to have a realistic shot at a last second shot to win late.
The second long bomb brought his five almost all the way back from the deep hole they dug, with a slow, sluggish start to the second half, after having trailed the other Indians 29-23 at the intermission.
Hoosic Valley (21-3) seemed to have grabbed this Class C semifinal tilt by the throat with their aggressive, up tempo play, in the opening minutes of the third.
JT Sawyer scored 7 of his 12 points on the night, in the third. Sawyer scored all of his points in the second half, when they mattered most.
A JT Sawyer three ball opened the lead to eight big points, 31-23, just :30 seconds into the final sixteen minutes.
Sawyer had plenty of help to hold Waterville at bay, thanks to huge nights from teammates Mike Pierre, who poured in 27 big ones, including nine in the fourth, as Waterville rallied.
John Rooney ruined the Waterville night, when he drained an off balance, buzzer beater with :25 seconds left to push the lead out to four, 56-52.
Rooney ended up with 19 points of his own, to keep his team’s title hopes alive.
Waterville was slow out of the gates and did not score a third quarter point until Tyler Lemery netted two of his fourteen points almost three minutes in to the third as Hoosic Valley led 36-25.
A 10-4 run by Waterville, after a well timed time out called by coach Maxim, got the Indians right back in it as the lead was just seven, 44-37, after three quarters.
Zach Sawyer, who was marvelous all post season long, netted 13 of his teams 21 points in the final eight minutes of play.
Waterville had one more late rally and a chance to dance on Saturday night in the finals, as Jon Piersma netted two of his six points and then Zach Saywer found the range again to make it a one point game, 56-55.
That’s when Rooney’s buzzer beater wrapped this one up.
Both teams kept the other within range, trading buckets early on. Tyler Lemery tied the game at 4-4, just two minutes in.
A Piersma free throw tied it at 7 up and that’s the way it went as Waterville trailed 13-12 after eight minutes of action.
An 8-4 run by Hoosic Falls was capped by a John Rooney three ball, as the lead was suddenly six 29-23.
Hoosic Valley 62 Waterville 58
1 2 3 4 Total
Waterville 12 11 14 21 58
Hoosic Valley 13 16 15 18 62
MHTS Scoring Summary:
Zach Sawyer 26
Tyler Lemery 14
Hunter Williams 6
Jon Piersma 6
Jake English 3
Will Specht 3
Mike Pierre 27
John Rooney 19
JT Sawyer 12
Conway Gillespie 4