Editor's note: The start time of the Glens Falls vs. South Bronx Prep has been moved back to 3 p.m.
GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls High School’s final weekend of boys basketball will begin with a game on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Indians will face South Bronx Prep in the Class B semifinals of the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions, which runs Friday through Sunday at Cool Insuring Arena. The winner of that game faces either Cardinal O’Hara or Lawrence Woodmere in the championship game on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The final teams for the tournament were determined Sunday afternoon and the schedule was finalized Sunday night during a conference call. Glens Falls fans wasted no time getting their tickets — 2,000 have already been sold for the Saturday session.
Glens Falls qualified for the Federation tournament by winning the state public high school Class B title in dramatic fashion on Saturday, beating Lowville 75-74 when Joseph Girard III scored at the buzzer in overtime.
The Federation tournament is designed to serve as an overall state championship to finish the high school season. Only Classes AA, A and B are represented.
The tournament brings together champions from four organizations — the New York State Public High Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) of New York city, the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) and the Association of Independent Schools (AIS).
This is the final year of a three-year run for the Federation tournament at Cool Insuring Arena. Next year, the tournament will relocate to Fordham University in the Bronx.
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This year’s tournament field is loaded with familiar schools. Class AA features three schools that are sending both boys and girls teams — Christ the King, Long Island Lutheran and South Shore. All had at least one team in Glens Falls last year.
The Albany Academy boys return in Class A and the Lawrence Woodmere boys are back in Class B. Staten Island Academy and James Madison bring their girls teams back in Class A.
Brooklyn Law and Tech, which sent its boys team to Glens Falls in 2018, will send its girls team this year.
Only one defending champion is back this year — Park School in boys Class A. The Pioneers beat Albany Academy in last year’s championship game on a buzzer-beating basket by Noah Hutchins.
The tournament has always struggled to draw big crowds, but that is likely to change with Glens Falls in the field. All seats are sold on a general admission basis and are good for each day’s session.
The only change made to the schedule on Sunday night was to move the Class B boys final to 3:30 p.m., making it the last game of the tournament.