BY MICHAEL KELLY
CLIFTON PARK — Milestone achieved, statement made.
That’s what came from Friday night for Kevin Huerter and the Shenendehowa boys’ basketball team as the Plainsmen turned a much-hyped Suburban Council showdown with Guilderland into their latest display of dominance. In a rematch of last season’s Section II Class AA title game, Shenendehowa again emerged with the victory, while Huerter registered his 1,000th career point — only the fourth Plainsmen ever to reach that plateau.
Huerter, a senior guard committed to play next year for the University of Maryland, knew before Friday’s game he only needed four points to hit 1,000.
“But I just wanted to go out there and figure out a way to win,” said Huerter, who scored 21 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and dished out eight assists in his team’s 65-49 victory.
“Kevin’s about playing the game and being a part of a good team. It’s not about Kevin and his points,” Shenendehowa coach Tony Dzikas said. “That game right there, that’s Kevin Huerter.”
Early in the contest, Guilderland (3-1, 3-1) looked ready to play the spoiler. But after the Dutchmen raced out to a 9-3 advantage with a flurry of 3-pointers, Shenendehowa (4-0, 4-0) seized control with a 13-0 run.
“If they were going to hit 15 threes, we’d clap our hands and see them later in the season,” Huerter said. “We stuck to the game plan. We knew they’d have to shoot very well to stay with us.”