BY MICHAEL KELLY
COLONIE — 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.”