In a wild back-and-forth battle of unbeatens, the Glens Falls Indians dug in and came away in the 4th quarter to beat the Mekeel Christian Academy Lions 60-55 in the Class B Sectional Championship at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The game featured plenty of scoring early as the two teams combined for 45 points in the first quarter, capped by Carter Stewart's half court three at the buzzer for the Lions. Stewart scored 18 points in the first half as Mekeel Christian Academy went to the half up by five points.
Joe Girard III started slow for Glens Falls, scoring 14 points in the first half, but started the second off with a bang, scoring the first couple buckets as the Indians quickly seized the lead away from Mekeel Christian Academy in the third quarter. Tony Green's coast-to-coast play tied the game at 40-40, but Jordan Jackson's three gave the Lions back the lead with less than two minutes in the third quarter.
The Lions had opportunities late in the game, like when Joe Girard III was called for the offensive charge with over five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Mekeel would score a three on the ensuing possession to take a 1 point lead, but Joe Girard III answered back with a three to retake the lead. Girard would dig in late with 12 points to help pad the Indians lead, and seal the Lions fate.
He would finish with 34 points, earning him tournament MVP honors.
Tony Green assisted with 10 points, 2 of which coming by fluke as he unintentionally tipped in a rebound off a missed Joe Girard III shot in the third quarter. Dylan Balcom added 8 for the Indians.
Carter Stewart scored 25 points for the Mekeel Christian Lions, while Deonte Holder added 15. Both would earn tournament team honors.
The Glens Falls Indians next travel to Section 10 for their Regional Semifinal.