The Moriah boys’ basketball team suffered just one loss in Northern Basketball League Division II play and made a playoff run all the way to the Class D final four, so it’s no surprise the Vikings are well-represented on the Division II All-Star Team.
Moriah had three selections, including the MVP and Coach of the Year, and Seton Catholic, Ticonderoga and Westport all had two.
The All-Stars and individual awards were chosen by the NBL coaches.
Most Valuable Player
Adam Jaquish (Moriah)- Although just a sophomore, the 6-foot-6-inch center was a force in the NBL. He led the league in scoring all season, finishing with a 17.6 points-per-game average. Jaquish was a consistent offensive threat — he reached double figures in every regular-season game and scored 20 or more points on eight occasions this year. His season high of 25 came in an NYSPHSAA regional victory against Argyle, when he also grabbed 20 rebounds.
The Vikings depended on Jaquish to control the boards and to thwart opponents in the paint. He also played smart, avoiding serious foul trouble in most games.
Coach of the Year
Brian Cross (Moriah)- Cross guided the young Vikings to the NYSPHSAA Class D final four for the first time since 2003. In his 14th year at the helm, Cross’ team, which featured three sophomore starters and just one senior who played significant minutes, went 21-3.
After going on a 14-game winning streak during the season and finishing first in Division II, Moriah won the Section VII championship and a regional title. The Vikings fell in the state semifinals to the eventual champion, New York Mills.
Kaden Baugh (Seton Catholic)- Baugh was the Knights’ second-leading scorer with 12.8 points per game, which also put him among the NBL’s top-20 scoring leaders. The junior guard stepped up when Seton Catholic’s top scorer missed a regional game — Baugh scored a season-high 25 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer, in a 60-57 win vs. Tupper Lake.
Adam Tedford (Seton Catholic)- The senior guard ranked fourth in the league with 16.2 points per contest and tied for second with 42 made 3-pointers this season. Tedford scored in double digits in all but two of the 20 games he played, and he put up 20 points to help the Knights win the Section VII Class C championship game.
Ryan Davis (Westport)- Davis averaged 11.4 points per night and knocked down 14 shots from behind the 3-point line. The senior forward was the Eagles’ high scorer in nine games this season, and his best output was 23 points in an overtime loss to Moriah.
Anthony DuShane (Ticonderoga)- A senior center, DuShane was the Sentinels’ top scoring threat. He averaged 11.9 points and scored 15 or more in six games while helping Ticonderoga achieve a 14-5 record.
Nick Arnold (Willsboro)- Arnold ranked fourth in the NBL and first on his team with 12.9 points per game. The only Willsboro player to average in double digits, he tossed in 28 points against Westport in February and 25 at Chazy in January. The senior hit 11 triples this season.
Mike Graney (Ticonderoga)- The senior guard tied for second in the league with 42 3-pointers and averaged 11.1 points per contest. He led the Sentinels into the Section VII Class D final by scoring a team-high 20 points in their semifinal victory.
Anderson Gay (Westport)- Gay was Westport’s scoring leader with an 11.6 points-per-game average, and its top outside shooter with 25 treys. The sophomore guard scored 25 when the Eagles knocked off Seton Catholic in January and reached 20 points in two other games.
Alec Lapierre (Chazy)- A senior, Lapierre was the Eagles’ big man and was dangerous inside — he paced the team and made the NBL’s top-20 scoring list with 12.2 points. He ended his career with a 21-point performance in the Class D playoffs.
Taylor Slattery (Moriah)- The Vikings’ second-leading scorer helped bring the ball up and connected on 15 3-pointers, but with his 6-foot-4-inch frame, he could also help pull down rebounds and defend the paint. He averaged 8.7 points per game.
Tarik Cecunjanin (Lake Placid)- The junior guard was consistently the Blue Bombers top offensive contributor; he scored in double figures in 10 of their 18 games and averaged 10.9 points. Cecunjanin nailed 18 shots from behind the arc.
Northern Basketball League Division II All-Stars
Kaden Baugh (Seton Catholic), Adam Tedford (Seton Catholic), Ryan Davis (Westport), Anthony DuShane (Ticonderoga), Nick Arnold (Willsboro).
Mike Graney (Ticonderoga), Anderson Gay (Westport), Alec Lapierre (Chazy), Taylor Slattery (Moriah), Tarik Cecunjanin (Lake Placid).
Honorable Mention: Tyler Pratt (Moriah), Chris Kustos (Seton Catholic), John Doyle (Westport), Hayden Guay (Chazy), Hugh Harwood (Elizabethtown-Lewis), Seth Swires (Willsboro), Ty Denno (Ticonderoga), Chris Kordziel (Lake Placid).
MVP: Adam Jaquish (Moriah)
Coach of the Year: Brian Cross (Moriah)
Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award: Westport