Kevin Huerter, Shenendehowa boys’ basketball roll on opening night

Kevin Huerter of Shenendehowa grabs a rebound under the basket next to Jacob Carroll of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Tuesday, December 1, 2015. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)Kevin Huerter of Shenendehowa grabs a rebound under the basket next to Jacob Carroll of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Tuesday, December 1, 2015. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

— His sneakers lifting up from atop the green “S” several feet behind the 3-point line, Kevin Huerter lofted up a deep shot midway through the third quarter of Tuesday’s season-opener for the Shenendehowa boys’ basketball team.

Seconds after it swished through the basket, members of the Plainsmen’s student cheering section let loose.

“It’s not fair,” they chanted. “It’s not fair.”

Huerter hammered that point home a few seconds later, scooping up a loose ball just as the chant had died down. After a few long strides, the

6-foot-6 guard kept both hands on the ball as he dunked it.

“Kevin Huerter,” rained down from the crowd. “Kevin Huerter.”

Minutes later, Huerter — who committed earlier this year to play his college basketball for the University of Maryland — exited the game, but Shenendehowa’s opening-night dominance did not cease. The Plainsmen topped Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 86-18 in both teams’ Suburban Council debut, as the defending Class AA state champions made 19 of 37 3-point attempts and had five players score at least eight points.

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About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.