Spectacular start sparks Shenendehowa boys’ basketball past CBA

Shenendehowa's Luke Hicks, left, defends CBA's Max Jones during a boys' basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)Shenendehowa's Luke Hicks, left, defends CBA's Max Jones during a boys' basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

— Late in the first quarter, Petar Bebic allowed himself a peek at the scoreboard in Shenendehowa’s sold-out gymnasium.

The Plainsmen’s senior guard knew his team was in the midst of something special to start its game Tuesday against CBA, but the numbers glaring back at him — 20 to 0 — still shocked him.

Then, he refocused.

“I wanted to keep going,” said Bebic, whose team rocked Christian Brothers Academy to the tune of a 74-46 final. “I wanted to see how long it would take them to score. I wanted to shut them out for the first quarter.”

On a night where Shenendehowa was nearly perfect in the first half, it almost managed a first-quarter shutout. The Plainsmen pushed their game-opening run to 23-0 before CBA junior guard Nick DeBrino’s 3-pointer swished through the net with 1:22 left in the first quarter.

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“The guys came out with laser-like focus,” said Shenendehowa boys’ basketball head coach Tony Dzikas, whose squad led 31-6 after an opening stanza which saw CBA junior guard Mike Wynn hit a 3 at the buzzer.

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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.