Pushed to the end, Shenendehowa boys’ basketball team stays undefeated

Kevin Huerter of Shenendehowa is fouled by Will Aybar of Colonie Tuesday, January 19, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Kevin Huerter of Shenendehowa is fouled by Will Aybar of Colonie Tuesday, January 19, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

— His stance open enough to allow the ball to pass between his legs, Shenendehowa boys’ basketball senior guard Kevin Huerter rocked his dribble back and forth.

Around him, the Colonie gymnasium’s volume hit its peak, but the placid demeanor never left Huerter’s face as he whipped the ball right to left and left to right while he waited for his moment.

Finally, with the shot clock showing 10 seconds, Huerter began to make his move. Three hard dribbles brought him into the paint with Colonie sophomore forward Isaiah Moll on his hip. Huerter leaped, hung in the air and double-pumped as he took the contact from Moll, and let go of his shot.

Bounce, bounce, and in — plus, the foul.

And the game.

On a night where the Plainsmen (12-0, 15-0) looked very mortal, Huerter’s key three-point play and fourth-quarter effort kept them unbeaten. Shenendehowa escaped with a 63-51 Suburban Council victory against a Colonie (9-3, 10-4) squad that was within five points multiple times in the final minutes.

“When in doubt, late in the game, get the ball in Kevin’s hands,” Shenendehowa junior guard Luke Hicks said. “The level of basketball he plays is head and shoulders above everyone else in this league.”

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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.