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Madrid-Waddington ticket to Final Four is Moriah


MADRID - Madrid-Waddington’s obstacle to the New York State Final Four is a team the Yellowjackets are very familiar with in postseason play, the Moriah Vikings of Section 7.

The Vikings upset Section II champion Argyle 50-40 on Wednesday at SUNY Plattsburg in the New York State Class D regional contest to advance to play the Section 10 champion Yellowjackets on Saturday at SUNY Canton 1:45 p.m.

Madrid-Waddington earned a 49-46 win over Moriah last season and fell in the Region II Championship game to Argyle 77-59.

“Moriah held a team averaging 70 points this season to 40 total. They completely took away Argyle’s second and third chance opportunities,” said M-W Coach Aaron Jones taking a quick break to chat on the way home from Wednesday’s game.

“Adam Jaquish is a 6-6 active inside presense. He covers a lot a space inside. We’ve got contain him and we must limit their team’s second chance opportunites.”

The Vikings (20-2) finished at 13-1 in the NBL Division and won five straight Section 7 titles averaging 58.1 points and allowing just 43.1. Taylor Slattery is also a solid player for Moriah averaging 9.1 per game.

Madrid-Waddington (13-10) has won three straight Section 10 championships in Class D and was the Cinderella story of the tournament as the 7th seed knocking off No. 10 Hammond 71-29, No. 2 Morristown 59-56, No. 3 Lisbon 57-40 and No. 4 Chateaugay 68-52.

Sophomore David Odendahl finished with 29 points keyed by a 15-for-17 performance at the line and seven for 14 effort from the field to go with five rebounds, three steals and one assist in the final against Chateaugay.

Aaron Armstrong tallied 14 points (10-for-10 at foul line) and five rebounds, two steals and two assists. Jacob Barney finished with 13 points (6-6 line) and 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal. TJ Gagnon (4-9 field) added eight points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

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