Voorheesville's Noah Crawford drives through the Broadalbin-Perth defense during Saturday's Section II Class B championship at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
GLENS FALLS As a Voorheesville basketball player, David Burch never had the opportunity to play in a regional game.
Now as his alma mater's varsity boys basketball coach, Burch has that opportunity.
The Blackbirds (21-1) won their first Section II title under Burch and their first since 2005 by cruising past Broadalbin-Perth 61-37 in Saturday's Class B final at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The win places Voorheesville in Tuesday's regional against Section X champion Ogdensburg Free Academy at Saratoga Springs High School.
“It's a huge honor for me just to be in this position,” said Burch, who took over for Don Catellier in the 2012-13 season. “Not just winning the Section II B championship, but (also) to be the head coach of this program. I've been part of this program in some way for most of my life.”
Both teams rode long winning streaks into Saturday's Sectional final. Top-seeded Voorheesville was on a 19-game winning streak, while Broadalbin-Perth (16-6) had reeled off 10 consecutive victories.
No one would have guessed it after watching the final play out. Voorheesville surged to a 13-4 lead and then went on a 16-8 run in the second quarter to build a 29-12 advantage. Broadalbin-Perth never recovered.
“We came out strong,” said Voorheesville senior guard Noah Crawford. “We've been strong ever since that Watervliet game (a 77-63 loss Dec. 13).”
Crawford did a little bit of everything to lead Voorheesville to the title. The tournament's most valuable player scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out five assists, forced two steals and blocked a shot. He also threw a scare into everyone inside the arena when he landed face first into the basket stanchion after being fouled on a layup attempt early in the third quarter. Fortunately for Crawford, his face hit the padding and he was back on his feet in a couple of seconds.