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Whitehall at Argyle boys basketball

Whitehall's Dawson Procella squares up for a shot as an Argyle defender attempts to block during Friday's boys basketball game in Argyle.

Jenn March, Special to The Post-Star

ARGYLE — Some teams just do not match up well with others regardless of how identical their records are.

That’s what happened Friday night when Argyle hosted Whitehall with the Division II Adirondack League boys basketball title on the line.

Both teams came into the game with identical league records of 11-2 but Whitehall needed to win in order to qualify for the Adirondack League semifinals because the Railroaders had lost to Granville earlier this season.

With size and length on their side, the Railroaders controlled the game throughout and beat Argyle 80-52.

“The size is huge and it got us a lot of rebounds,” coach Keith Redmond said. “We also did a great job tonight limiting them to one shot most of the time.”

Whitehall did not start a player under 6 foot 2. Its two biggest players, center Bryce Eddy and forward Andrew Genier, are both 6 foot 5.

Argyle’s lineup is built around small and quick guards, but the Railroaders’ size disrupted many of the Scots’ shots at the rim. Many of Argyle’s attempts from long range failed to drop as well.

The Scots’ leading scorer, Peyton Lufkin, who is averaging more than 28 points per game, was held to 15 points and struggled to finish at the rim.

“We did a great job limiting Peyton to some deep shots tonight,” Redmond said. “We were willing to give up the penetration. They take some tough shots off of penetration and we forced them into those. Our goal was to get in his face and make the shots tough.”

While Argyle struggled to break Whitehall’s defense, Evan St. Claire had his way with the Scots offensively. He scored a game-high 32 points, including six 3-pointers.

Dawson Procella added 17 points and Danny St. Claire chipped in 11.

Whitehall concludes the regular season with a 12-2 league record and 14-3 overall. Argyle finishes 11-3 in league play and 13-5 overall.

The win books Whitehall a spot in the Adirondack League semifinals, where it is expected it will meet Argyle for the third time this season.

Lake George won Division I and secured the No. 1 seed. The Warriors will meet Fort Ann, winners of Division III.

Beating a team three times in one year is a tall task, but Redmond said he does not want the Railroaders to go into the semifinals with that mindset.

“We want to look at it as if they are a new opponent,” he said. “It is about coming in and playing our defense and controlling the game anyway we can.”

Whitehall 80, Argyle 52

Whitehall (12-2,14-3)</&hspag4>


Jacob Hunke 1 0 0 2

Thomas Fish 1 0 3 5

Evan St. Claire 6 6 2 32

Danny St. Clair 5 0 1 11

Ethan Patch 1 0 0 2

Dawson Procella 4 1 6 17

Andrew Genier 1 0 0 2

Shane Amerio 0 1 0 3

Bryce Eddy 2 0 2 6

Totals 21 8 14 80

Argyle (11-3, 13-5)


Peyton Lufkin 2 2 5 15

Chris Reynolds 1 1 0 5

Andrew Cormie 3 0 0 6

Andrew Facin 2 0 2 6

Sage Brown 1 0 1 3

Gabe Wood 3 1 0 9

Garrett Caprood 2 0 4 8

Totals 14 4 12 52

Whitehall 18 20 15 27 — 80

Argyle 7 11 11 23 — 52


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