Pushed to the brink, Shenendehowa boys’ basketball moves to 17-0

Luke Hicks of Shenendehowa takes a shot in front of Jack McLaren of Troy Friday, January 29, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Luke Hicks of Shenendehowa takes a shot in front of Jack McLaren of Troy Friday, January 29, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

TROY — Up three points with less than a minute to go, the Shenendehowa boys’ basketball team needed a basket from someone to create breathing room for itself in Troy’s home gymnasium.

The Flying Horses were definitely concerned with Plainsmen star senior guard Kevin Huerter. Elsewhere on the perimeter, Troy made sure to account for Shenendehowa’s wing tandem of senior guard Petar Bebic and junior guard Luke Hicks.

Mike Collins knew he was the afterthought; he’d earned that. The senior guard’s only attempt in the first 31 minutes of play had been a rushed three-pointer that slammed into the side of the backboard. Still, when he saw the ball working its way toward him in the corner, he was confident.

“I kind of just said to myself, ‘Alright, get your feet set,’ and then I just shot it,” he said. “I didn’t think about it too much.”

The resulting swish ended up the dagger for Shenendehowa in what became a 72-64 victory, as the Plainsmen took their 40-game Suburban Council winning streak into hostile territory and avoided the upset. Shenendehowa received 34 points and 13 rebounds from Huerter in the win, Hicks added 14 points and Bebic provided the defense when the Plainsmen needed it most.

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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.