Boys basketball

Though school is out for the week that does not mean some of the area’s top boys basketball teams are getting any time off.

Four different local high schools are hosting holiday tournaments or games this year and below is a short preview of the upcoming games taking place Wednesday through Friday.

Grandstander Christmas festival at Glens Falls High School 

Wednesday — Hoosick Falls vs. Lake George, 4 p.m., Ogdensburg Free Academy vs. Glens Falls, 7 p.m.

Thursday — Lake George vs. Ogdensburg Free Academy, 4 p.m., Hoosick Falls vs. Glens Falls, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Unfortunately, Lake George (4-0, 6-0) and Glens Falls (5-1, 5-1) have no way of facing each other despite sharing a gym for two days. Lake George, a Class C school, and Glens Falls, a Class B school, each bolster talent that would be fun to see run the same court.

Lake George features seniors Alex Jones (17.8 PPG) and Caleb Scrime (18.3 PPG) along with junior forward Chris Becker (15.5 PPG). The undefeated Warriors are beating opponents by an average of 31 points per game this year.

For Glens Falls, it is all about Joseph Girard III. The junior guard is averaging 48.6 points per game and is on pace to set the Section II all-time scoring record in early 2018.

Watching Girard take on a stacked Lake George team would’ve been a treat. 

But Ogdensburg Free Academy is the No. 8 team in the state and should prove to be an elite test for both Lake George and Glens Falls. 

Burnt Hill Tournament

Wednesday — Saugerties vs. Hewlett, 5 p.m., Queensbury vs. Burnt Hills, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday — Consolation game, 5 p.m., championship game, 6:30 p.m.

Outlook: Considering I’ve lived in New York for only three weeks, I do not know much about Saugerties, Hewlett or Burnt Hill, but I’ve followed Queensbury closely and the Spartans have the talent to win this tournament.

The combination of Jeff Van Aden (20.8 PPG) at forward and Cam Bleibtrey (16.5 PPG) on the wing gives Queensbury a one-two punch few teams can duplicate.

Argyle Tournament

Wednesday — North Warren vs. Berlin, 6 p.m., Ticonderoga vs. Argyle, 7:30 p.m.

Friday — Ticonderoga vs. North Warren, 4:30 p.m., Berlin vs. Argyle, 6 p.m.

Outlook: Set up as a round robin, Ticonderoga (2-0, 5-2) meets Argyle (4-0, 5-0) on Wednesday in what should be a competitive matchup. The Sentinels have two players averaging more than 19 points per game in Colton Huestis (19.6 PPG and Evan Graney (27.1 PPG). While Argyle’s Andrew Facin (16.6 PPG) and Peyton Lufkin (25.6 PPG) have the Scots undefeated.

Whitehall Holiday Tourney

Wednesday — Fair Haven, VT vs. Poulteny, VT, 6 p.m., Hartford vs. Whitehall, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday — Consolation game, 6 p.m., championship game, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Hartford (2-1, 2-4) takes on Whitehall (2-1, 3-1) in an Adirondack League game. Versatile scorer Evan St. Claire (33.3 PPG) leads Whitehall against the Tanagers. Limiting St. Claire needs to be Hartford’s top priority if it wants any shot of playing in the championship.

Saratoga Catholic Christmas Tournament

Wednesday — Corinth vs. Cambridge, 6 p.m., Bishop Maginn vs. Saratoga Catholic, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday — Consolation game, 6 p.m., championship game, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Saratoga Catholic (3-0, 5-1) should be favored to win its home tournament but a potential Wasaren League championship game matchup could give Cambridge (3-1, 4-1) a chance to pick up an important win in the standings.

Assuming both teams take care of business in the opening round, a lot could be at stake on Thursday night.

Granville Tournament

Wednesday — Arlington, Vt. vs. Hadley-Luzerne, 6 p.m., Burr & Burton vs. Granville, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday — Consolation game, 6 p.m., championship game, 7:30 p.m.

Outlook: Hadley-Luzerne (3-1, 5-1) has the best local player in the tournament in senior guard Connor Backus (25.6 PPG). Along with Danny McMahon (14.8 PPG), the Eagles are going to be a difficult matchup for anyone.

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