Oriskany’s Ryan Schmadel (32) and NY Mills’ Zach Griffith (12) battle as the huge Oriskany cheering section looks on.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
New York State’s #1 ranked Class “D” High School Basketball team rolled into Oriskany tonight for a key Center State Conference IV matchup and the visiting Marauders of New York Mills came away with an impressive 74-59 win.
New York Mills started the game with a mesmerizing, 23-0 run over the first five minutes of the game, building a 31-4 lead after the first quarter of play.
6’3″ Senior forward Nick Comenale, was on fire from the get go for the Mills, scoring 18 of his game high 31 points in the first period.
The offensive firepower on display at Davis Gym was impressive, but let’s not forget the great defense the Marauders played holding the Skins to just 4 first quarter points.
Comenale hit four 3 pointers in the first eight minutes to ignite his team.
New York Mills, the defending Section III and NY State Central Regional Champs in Class “D”, came into tonight’s contest with an undefeated (6-0) record, having defeated their first five opponents by an average margin of 32 points.
The second quarter saw the home standing Redskins fight back in front of their huge home crowd, battling the Marauders to a 12-12 tie in the second frame.
Oriskany did settle down and did do a better job of getting out on the perimeter to challenge Nick Comenale, who was “limited” to 7 points in the second half, but the visitors from New York Mills took a commanding 43-16 lead into the intermission.
Shamis Lasher led Oriskany with 7 points in the second quarter. Lasher, a silky smooth ball handler, and his teammates seemed to settle down and get their sea legs as the half approached.
The young, but talented, home team might have felt a bit of stage fright on the big stage they played on as the state’s #1 ranked Class D team took the short bus ride to Oriskany.
At the half, Oriskany head coach Chris Mahoney told ESPN Radio 99.1 FM that his team was capable of much more than it showed in the first quarter and that he believed in their ability to show what they were made of in the second half.
Marauders head man Mike Adey was not at all comfortable with his team’s 27 point lead at the half, telling ESPN 99.1 FM that the game was by no means over and his club would need an equally solid effort in the second half.
New York Mills slowed down the hyper fast tempo they showed in the first half, looking instead to work the ball down low in the third quarter.
Zach Vennaro was very strong in the low post, scoring 9 of his 17 points in the third quarter, leading New York Mills to a 58-29 lead after 3.
Vennaro was also strong on defense with 4 blocks tonight.
After the game, Nick Comenale, the Monster Energy Drink Player of The Game, told ESPN Radio 99.1 FM that while he was pleased with the huge first quarter and the victory, he was not at all happy with his team’s defense in the second half, “We’re going to have to do better than what we did on defense tonight, that’s for sure,” he said.
Ryan Schmadel led Oriskany with 27 points, while Shamis Lasher chipped in 15, for the Redskins, who dropped to (1-4) on the season.
Nick Comenale’s 31 point performance raises his season average to 24 points per game thus far. Zach Vennaro finished with 17 points for New York Mills, now (7-0).
New York Mills 74 Oriskany 55
1 2 3 4 Final
NY Mills 31 12 15 17 74
Oriskany 4 12 13 26 55
MHTS scoring summary:
New York Mills
Nick Comenale 31
Zach Vennaro 17
Terry Nichols 9
Ali Hassan 9
Andrew Suprenant 6
Zach Griffith 2
Ryan Schmadel 27
Shamis Lasher 15
Nick Springer 6
Dominick Silvestri 5
Sam Martel 2