Boys basketball -- Argyle vs. Moriah

Argyle’s Kobe Lufkin (1) tries to drive to the basket during the Scots’ 75-51 loss to Moriah on Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College.

Erin Reid Coker, Special to The Post-Star

TROY — Kobe Lufkin didn’t hesitate at all. It wasn’t what Moriah did defensively that made the difference, he said, but what it was able to do offensively, which was essentially anything it wanted.

Moriah shot 61 percent in the first half, got loose on the fast break and rebounded everything.

It was pretty much over by halftime as Moriah (23-1) advanced to the State Boys Basketball Tournament for the fourth straight year with a 75-51 decision over Section II champion Argyle in the Class D regional final at Hudson Valley Community College.

“I don’t know if there was a letdown after an emotional win last weekend (against Fort Ann in the Section II title game),” Argyle coach Jack Sherwin said. “But when you are down 26 (at the half), it took a lot out of us.”

While Moriah was shooting lights-out, Argyle (17-7) was lucky to hit the rim in the first half.

The Scots hit just 6 of 27 shots (22 percent) and suffered through an18-0 drought at one point in the second quarter.

“We obviously did not shoot well,” Kobe Lufkin said.

Moriah not only had a height advantage, but a lanky lineup that made getting those 3-point bombs Argyle specializes in extremely difficult.

Lufkin, for instance, finished with a game-high 27 points, but connected on only 2 of 12 3-pointers. The plan was to take it to the basket whenever possible, but Argyle was frustrated by missed layups and second chances early.

Moriah coach Brian Cross said this game was “up there” among the teams’ best of the season.

“We have worked so hard on defense,” Cross said. “Kobe is a great player and we worked hard on him, communicating and talking.”

For the second year in a row, Cross put the 6-foot-4 Joey Stahl tight on Lufkin, giving Section II’s all-time leading scorer him little room to deliver any monster 3-pointers.

When Lufkin tried to go inside, 6-1 Dylan Trombley was waiting for him. Lufkin hit on just 8 of 25 shots for the game and was forced into five turnovers. He also had five assists.

It marked an end to one of the great basketball careers in Section II history. Lufkin finished with 2,678 career points, which was good enough for fourth on the all-time state list behind Lance Stephenson (2,946), Ryan Creighton (2,799) and Sebastian Telfair (2,785).

“I’m probably going to remember the practices the most,” Lufkin said. “Coming in every day and working hard to get better.”

He says he still has not decided where he will play in college.

Sherwin also wouldn’t bite on where Lufkin ranked among the great players in Argyle’s history, but it was clear he would be on any all-Argyle team.

It was also clear that Trombley was the difference-maker for Moriah.

The 6-1 junior — he didn’t play like an underclassmen — led Moriah with 20 points while grabbing 16 rebounds and handing out eight assists.

He did it all.

Argyle made a good accounting of itself in the first quarter and was down just 13-12 at one point, but everything clicked for the Vikings in the second quarter. Up 10, they scored 18 unanswered points at one point and took a commanding 44-18 advantage at the half.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” Sherwin said.

The Scots won a moral victory with a 19-17 advantage in the third quarter, but it was short-lived. Moriah scored the first three baskets of the fourth quarter to go up 30.

Four of Moriah’s five starters scored in double digits with Braden Swan getting 14, Stahl 13 and Jay Streible 12.

Moriah also had a dominating 34-20 advantage on the boards.

Argyle, which upset Fort Ann last week in the sectional finals with 15 3-pointers in the final, hit just 7 of 27 attempts Saturday.

Class D Regional Final

Moriah (23-1)

2P 3P FT TP

Kyle Wilson 0 0 0 0

Joey Stahl 4 1 2 13

Jerin Sargent 3 0 2 8

Dylan Trombley 8 0 4 20

Lane Decker 1 0 0 2

Todd Gregory 0 0 0 0

Mike Rollins 0 0 0 0

Andrew Snyder 0 2 0 6

Scott Rice 0 0 0 0

Braden Swan 5 1 1 14

Jay Streible 6 0 0 12

Totals 27 4 9 75

Argyle (17-7)

2P 3P FT TP

Chris Reynolds 0 0 0 0

Kobe Lufkin 6 2 9 27

Jonah Horton 0 1 1 4

Peyton Lufkin 1 2 0 8

Liam Keating 0 0 0 0

Andrew Facin 0 2 0 6

Ian Simpson 0 0 0 0

Dylan Ellis 0 0 0 0

Brodie Flewelling 1 0 2 4

Garrett Caprood 1 0 0 2

Totals 9 7 12 51

Moriah 24 20 17 14 — 75

Argyle 12 6 19 14 — 51

Other stats: Trombley (Moriah) 16 rebounds, 8 assists. Streible (Moriah) 8 rebounds. Stahl (Moriah) 6 rebounds. Sargent (Moriah) 4 assists. K.Lufkin (Arg) 6 rebounds, 5 assists. Horton (Arg) 5 rebounds. P.Lufkin, Simpson, Flewelling (Arg) 4 rebounds.

Ken Tingley is the editor of The Post-Star and may be reached via email at tingley@poststar.com. His blog “The Front Page” discusses issues about newspapers and journalism. You can also follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kentingley

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Ken Tingley is Editor of The Post-Star in Glens Falls, N.Y. and writes a regular blog called "The Front Page."

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