Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Game Preview: Argyle vs. Moriah

NYSPHSAA Class D Regional Semifinals
Argyle Scots vs. Moriah Vikings - 7:45PM at SUNY Plattsburgh's Fieldhouse

The Argyle Scots may be without Joey Lufkin.
They may not have the Section's top scorer.

But what they have, is team spirit.

And that's what will carry the squad up to Exit 37 when they face the Moriah Vikings tonight at the Fieldhouse at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Kobe Lufkin has become a shooting sensation for the Scots, draining 91 from beyond the arch in only his Freshman season.  To better put that, he already beat the single-season record that was held by his brother. His threes helped create separation against both North Warren in the semifinals and Germantown in the finals. He leads the team with 18.8 points per game.

But he's not alone.  Del Pryce, in his senior year, has been a major contributor in the paint.  His 14.7 points per game is second best on the team, penetrating inside for some good looks against the defense.  Defensively, he's one of two main contributors when it comes to rebounding.

That other contributor is James Bristol.  Usually not a main scoring threat, Bristol put in a team-high 15 points against Germantown on Saturday, and is one of two men usually swatting at balls and grabbing rebounds defensively.

You also can't unguard Brock Liddle.  Best known this season for his three point shot that tied the game against Lake George at Argyle High, Liddle has an 11 point per game average.  He usually tries to search for that outside shot, but his speed allows him to free himself from defenders for the inside shot, as well.

The Scots need to stop Moriah's Adam Jarquish.  The Sophomore captain averages 17.8 points per game, but also needs to be watched from a defensive standpoint too.  He averages 5 blocks per game, including 8 rejected shots in the Section 7 Championship game against Westport when Moriah won 48-37.  He's also the team's leading rebounder, averaging better than 12 boards per game.

Taylor Slattery is also a Sophomore, and is the team's second best scorer.  At 9.8 points per game, Slattery needs to be watched inside the arch.  However, he can be turnover-happy, averaging nearly 3 turnovers a game.  He had 5 turnovers in the game against Westport.

Noah Gilbo scored 12 points against Westport, and had 3 steals.

Moriah is not a major three point team.  The most they have dropped is 5, against Lake Placid.  The Vikings have lost only twice this season, the first being the second game of the season against Class B's AuSable Valley where the team looked nothing like what they do today in their 62-28 loss.  The other was a tight game against Class C's Ticonderoga, where Adam Jarquish scored 23 points.

The winner today moves on to play Madrid-Waddington of Section 10, Saturday at SUNY Canton.  The loser will experience their first loss against a Class D opponent this season.

Coverage begins at 5:45PM as part of the doubleheader with the girls regional semifinal game.  Tip is scheduled for 7:45PM.

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