Argyle needs no introduction to Moriah, in general, but the specifics of this year’s Vikings team might look different.
A smaller, but still very skilled Moriah team will play the Scots in a rematch of last year’s Class D boys basketball regional final. Led by 6-foot-6 Adam Jaquish and 6-5 Taylor Slattery, the Vikings downed Argyle 82-59 last year. Those two, however, have graduated, leaving Moriah a bit smaller.
Height isn’t so much the numbers Argyle coach Jack Sherwin notices. It’s the Vikings’ 22-1 record that catches his eye.
“They’re not as big as last year ... but in the whole scheme of things they’ve only lost one game, so they must be doing some things right,” Sherwin said.
Moriah, ranked second in the state, is led by junior guard Dylan Trombley, who averages 19.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. Six-four forward Joey Stahl — who actually led Moriah with 17 points in last year’s win over Argyle — adds 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
“I lost eight seniors from last year’s team,” Moriah coach Brian Cross said. “We do have a couple of seniors who didn’t get much time last year step up and help with the leadership of this year’s team.”
One of the main things Moriah did well in its win over Argyle last year was move the ball, assisting on 29 of 31 field goals.
“Offensively, I think we’re as good as the team last year, and our team chemistry has been tremendous,” Cross said.
Moriah won its Section VII title on March 4 with an easy 66-27 win over Willsboro. The Vikings average 70.3 points per game.
And while Argyle (17-6) certainly will want to hold Moriah under that number, the Scots aren’t afraid of a high-scoring affair, as they average 79.4 points per game.
Senior guard Kobe Lufkin — Section II’s all-time leading scorer with 2,651 points — leads the Scots with 34 points per game and 102 3-pointers for the season. Guard Jonah Horton adds 11.3 points per game (and 46 3’s), while 6-0 center Brodie Flewelling averages 10.1 points.
Argyle, which beat rival Fort Ann 64-60 behind 15 3’s on March 3, is ranked fifth in the state.
“We’ve moved the ball well, shot well and rebounded well on the defensive end lately,” Sherwin said. “We’re looking to rebound better on the offensive end.”
Argyle is looking for its first State Boys Basketball Tournament appearance since 2013, when it won the state Class D title.