Boys' Basketball

AuSable, Ti boys pull out all stops


PLATTSBURGH — AuSable Valley and Ticonderoga played two completely different boys’ basketball games this season — a two-point overtime contest and a 30-point blowout.

What will the third meeting be like?

“I have no idea,” AuSable Valley coach Jamie Douglass said. “Somewhere in between.

“That last game was not indicative of the type of team Ticonderoga is. Several times they were just two or three shots away from making it a close ball game. They just got cold.”

There will be more on the line when the Patriots and Sentinels match up this time. They play Saturday in the Section VII Class C championship game at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

No. 2 seed Ticonderoga (10-8) reached the final by rallying past Northern Adirondack in the final minute of last week’s semifinal for a heart-stopping 54-53 win.

“I think it instilled some confidence in us knowing a game is never over until it’s over,” Ticonderoga coach Joe Defayette said. “It was a good feeling to win that way, and I think we’ve had some good practices this week. Hopefully we can avoid coming out slow again. We can’t get behind AuSable Valley or it will be even harder to come back.”

The Sentinels have won five of their last six games, with the loss being the 60-30 setback against the Patriots Feb. 13. AuSable Valley also won the much closer Jan. 10 meeting.

Junior guard Mike Graney leads Ticonderoga with 12.2 points per game and has knocked down 39 3-pointers, which is second in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference. Anthony Dushane is scoring 10.6 per contest, and Ty Denno is averaging 9.1.

Defayette wants the Sentinels to equal the Patriots’ tenacity.

“I’ve preached to my guys all year long to attack aggressiveness with aggressiveness,” Defayette said. “That’s one thing we didn’t do last time against them. We were timid and not ready to make the next offensive move when we caught the ball. We definitely have to try to attack their aggressive defense. We can’t just sit back.”

The top-seeded Patriots (13-4) entered the playoffs on a four-game winning streak and then pulled away from Seton Catholic 58-39 in the semifinals.

Shane Douglas, a junior guard, is the conference’s second-leading scorer, averaging 19 points per game. John Goodnough is also in the top 10 with a 13.8 average.

Douglass said the Patriots have been sharing the ball very well on offense, and he added that defensively, they’ll need to limit the Sentinels’ looks from 3-point range.

The Patriots moved to Class C this season; last year they bowed out in the Class B semifinals after compiling a perfect CVAC record. They lost four starters from that team, but Douglass said Douglas and seniors Nate Casey and Austin Depo are motivated by that sudden ending and are especially hungry for a title.

“They’ve talked about that since like the week after the season last year. They really felt a great deal of pain,” Douglass said. “They’ve been such great leaders.

“We thought we were going someplace last year. They’ve really talked to the other kids about how much that hurt.”

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Douglas 17 130 34 323 29

Goodnough 13 83 12 180 13.8

Gosgrove 17 57 16 153 9.0

Depo 16 43 9 107 6.7

Brooks 8 18 8 44 5.5


Player GP No.

Douglas 17 29

Cosgrove 17 23

Depo 16 12



Graney 18 74 32 219 12.2

Dushane 18 69 51 190 10.6

Denno 18 56 34 163 9.1

Chapman 18 39 19 97 5.4

Nielsen 18 32 5 90 5.0


Player GP No.

Graney 18 39

Nielsen 18 21

Denno 18 17