GLENS FALLS - Midway through the third quarter, Andrew Graham let fly a 3-pointer from the wing, a shot he'd hit dozens of times during the Sherman Wildcats' run to Section 6 and Far West Regional basketball championships.
But the rim at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday morning was unforgiving, the ball bounced off the iron and the Wildcats had to endure another empty possession.
Frustration evident in his face, Graham threw up his hands in disgust as he retreated down the court.
Photo by Scott Kindberg
From left, Sherman’s Jake Card, Nathan Ottoway amd Andrew Graham surround Coleman Catholic’s Doug Terrone during Friday’s New York STate Public High School Athletic Association Class D basketball semifinal at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
It was that kind of day for the Wildcats.
One game removed from burying 13 treys, Sherman connected on just 5-of-23 from the arc, including 1-of-15 in the first half, and fell to Coleman Catholic, 65-51, in the New York York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D semifinal.
The win vaults the Statesmen (18-4) into the championship game at 5:30 p.m., Saturday against New York Mills, a 57-24 winner over Moriah.
The Wildcats end their season 21-2.
"We had a great shootaround (Thursday) night, the guys were loose and they were ready to play,'' said Sherman coach Cory Emory, whose third trip to the final four ended in the semifinals just as the other two did. "Unfortunately, when we came out, we got a lot of those same, nice open looks and we just didn't knock them down and that led to our own frustration. We quit doing the little things we had done all year."
While the Wildcats struggled from distance, Coleman Catholic's Kevin Davis connected on 7-of-11 attempts from the arc, including a pair 24 seconds apart late in the second quarter to help the Statesmen to a 28-21 halftime lead.
Davis' added three more treys in the third quarter and one more in the fourth to push his total to seven, which is the second most in a game in tournament history. That lights-out perimeter shooting allowed Coleman Catholic to expand its lead to as many as 14 points in the fourth period. Although Sherman trimmed the deficit to six points twice, the Statesmen connected on 11-of-15 free throws to win going away.
Davis finished with 23 points, Doug Terrone had 17, Dino Celadon had 12 and Micah Simmons-Smalls chipped with 11 points, eight steals and six assists for the for the Catholic school located just outside Kingston.
"My boys went out and fought,'' Emory said. "We just got beat by a team that was better than us today."
Graham paced Sherman with 13 points, Nathan Ottaway added 11 points and 14 rebounds, Jake Card had eight points and nine rebounds, and Ryan Myers chipped in with nine points. As a team, though, the veteran Wildcats, who will graduate eight seniors, were only 20-of-66 from the floor.
"It's been a great couple years,'' Emory said. "I'm real close with this group, and that's what makes it hard. I'm going to see them a lot, but I'm not going to coach them again. That's why I had a heart-to-heart with them, because I'm going to miss them like crazy."