GLENS FALLS — Win or lose, Argyle senior Andrew Facin was going to leave every last effort he had on the court.
And for much of the game, it look like Facin and the Scots were going to advance to the Class D final after jumping out to a 23-17 halftime lead.
Then shots stopped dropping for Argyle. The 3-point shooting it relied on most the season suddenly vanished and the Scots found themselves down by six to top-seeded St. Johnsville with three minutes to play.
Facin remained resilient by fighting for loose balls, pushing the rock in transition and getting to the free throw line but the Scots just could not find ways to score.
Limited to only eight points in the game’s final 16 minutes, the Scots lost to St. Johnsville 41-31 in the Class D semifinals of the Section II Boys Basketball Tournament on Monday night at Cool Insuring Arena.
St. Johnsville advances to the section final and plays the winner of Tuesday’s Whitehall/Germantown game at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at Cool Insuring Arena.
In the game’s final two minutes, wherever the ball was, Facin was there. On defense, he forced turnovers. He got to the free-throw line, and he missed a few shots, but if his was high school hoops career was going to end, he’d end it on his terms.
“He was one of the guys that was hurt most the year,” Argyle coach Jack Sherwin said. “He came back and played well. We are going to miss him.
Facin suffered a sprained ankle on a Dec. 29 game against Berlin. The injury forced him to miss some action and it is unclear if he ever really got back to 100 percent.
In addition to Facin’s ankle, the Scots battled injury throughout the year to several starters. Garrett Caprood, also a senior, rolled his ankle and was also fighting hip and toe injuries.
Caprood is Argyle’s biggest player and it was largely up to him to slow down St. Johnsville’s size down low. The Wolfpack start two players that are 6 foot 4.
Late into the third quarter, St. Johnsville’s big-man advantage started to take its toll on the smaller Scots, who start three players under 5 foot 8.
“We got in foul trouble and could not be as aggressive,” Sherwin said. “It was a different mentality and that hurt us.”
Peyton Lufkin finished with a team-high nine points but struggled with double teams and made only 2 of 15 shots.
Facin scored eight points and knocked down two 3-pointers.
Argyle ends its season with a record of 15-7 overall.
“The past two years we played great and have nothing to hang our heads about,” Facin said. “There are a lot of memories. Peyton Lufkin is one of my best friends and there is a really good future ahead for that kid.”