Suburban Council winning streak hits 40 for Shenendehowa boys’ basketball program

Teammates greet Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter, left, as he leaves a boys' basketball game Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)Teammates greet Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter, left, as he leaves a boys' basketball game Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — The Shenendehowa boys’ basketball team’s 87-56 win Jan. 21 against Albany was a milestone victory for the Plainsmen.

With that result, Shenendehowa picked up its 40th consecutive victory in Suburban Council play. The Plainsmen’s last loss in league action came Jan. 4, 2014 against Columbia.

“It shows the strength of the whole program,” Shenendehowa senior guard Kevin Huerter said after his squad beat Albany. “That streak extends over three years and that means we’ve had guys here for three years that have had the right mindset to take every game one at a time.”

Shenendehowa head coach Tony Dzikas — whose program had a 48-game league winning streak snapped in December of 2011 — agreed that the most impressive thing about such a winning streak is the day-in, day-out focus it takes from high school kids to keep such a streak going without a hiccup.

“That gets overlooked, taken for granted,” Dzikas said. “To do that 40 straight times, that’s a great accomplishment for them.”

During the stretch of more than two calendar years, Shenendehowa’s closest league win came with a 50-46 decision against Colonie on Dec. 16, 2014. Meanwhile, the Plainsmen’s largest margin of victory was their 86-18 victory to start their current season Dec. 1, 2015 against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Shenendehowa's Petar Bebic, left, goes against Albany's Jacorey Nixon during a boys' basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Shenendehowa’s Petar Bebic, left, goes against Albany’s Jacorey Nixon during a boys’ basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)


A look at the Plainsmen’s winning streak:

Shenendehowa cheerleaders perform at halftime during a boys' basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Shenendehowa cheerleaders perform at halftime during a boys’ basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

  1. 1/7/14 — Mohonasen   48-35
  2. 1/10/14 Niskayuna  76-45
  3. 1/14/14 Shaker 54-40
  4. 1/17/14 Averill Park 58-25
  5. 1/21/14 Guilderland 55-40
  6. 1/24/14 Ballston Spa 71-38
  7. 1/30/14 Bethlehem 75-56
  8. 1/31/14 Burnt Hills 63-41
  9. 2/4/14 Saratoga Springs 63-31
  10. 2/7/14 Niskayuna 77-55
  11. 2/11/14 Shaker 73-47
  12. 12/2/14 Ballston Spa 41-27
  13. 12/5/14 Burnt Hills 77-29
  14. 12/12/14 Bethlehem 61-35
  15. 12/16/14 Colonie 50-46
  16. 12/19/14 Columbia 81-61
  17. 12/22/14 Saratoga Springs 68-47
  18. 1/6/15 Mohonasen 76-28
  19. 1/9/15 Niskayuna 73-20
  20. 1/13/15 Shaker 73-22
  21. 1/16/15 Averill Park 59-50
  22. 1/20/15 Guilderland 53-42
  23. 1/23/15 Ballston Spa 78-48
  24. 1/30/15 Burnt Hills 88-39
  25. 2/3/15 Saratoga Springs 77-35
  26. 2/6/15 Niskayuna 87-56
  27. 2/10/15 Shaker 59-50
  28. 12/1/15 Burnt Hills 86-18
  29. 12/4/15 Averill Park 74-34
  30. 12/8/15 Niskayuna 76-53
  31. 12/11/15 Guilderland 65-49
  32. 12/15/15 Bethlehem 90-46
  33. 12/18/15 Saratoga Springs 81-34
  34. 12/22/15 CBA 74-46
  35. 1/5/16 Schenectady 99-48
  36. 1/8/16 Ballston Spa 83-30
  37. 1/12/16 Mohonasen 90-46
  38. 1/15/16 Columbia 82-58
  39. 1/19/16 Colonie 63-51
  40. 1/21/16 Albany 87-56

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.