Shenendehowa boys’ basketball slams Albany

Shenendehowa's Luke Hicks, right, goes up against Albany's Matthew Coons during a boys' basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)Shenendehowa's Luke Hicks, right, goes up against Albany's Matthew Coons during a boys' basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — Outsiders have flocked to watch the undefeated Shenendehowa boys’ basketball team play this season, routinely filling up the Plainsmen’s home gymnasium to full capacity.

Longtime assistant coach Don Joss? Well, he finally got around to watching his first Shenendehowa game of the season Thursday night, an 88-57 win against Albany in which Plainsmen junior center Mike Pizziketti scored 32 points, and senior guard Kevin Huerter put together a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.

Joss, who coached Shenendehowa head coach Tony Dzikas at Waterford-Halfmoon in the late 1980s, has not been ducking the Plainsmen. He hits every practice — usually the freshman and JV teams’ workouts, too — and usually sees the team before its games.

Then, he heads off to whatever gym Dzikas asks, serving as Shenendehowa’s lead scout of its Suburban Council foes. He only got to see Thursday’s win for Shenendehowa — its 40th consecutive victory in league play — because the game was off the league’s typical Tuesday/Friday schedule, so there was no game for him to go scout.

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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.