Section II boys hoop pairings announced

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Unlike the last two postseason tournaments, the Gloversville Dragons were not awarded a home game in the opening round of the Section II Class A postseason tournament.

Instead the Section II committee awarded the 14-4 Dragons the third seed and a first round bye, advancing Gloversville to the tournament quarterfinals on Feb. 23 at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Dragons were the highest seed of the nine local boys teams entering postseason play.

Gloversville is joined in the Class A tournament by the Amsterdam Rams, while the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots, Johnstown Sir Bills and Fonda-Fultonville Braves will vie for the Class B title. Canajoharie and Fort Plain will challenge in the Class C brackets, while Northville and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville will battle in the Class D bracket.

Gloversville will face the victor of Wednesday’s opening round game between No. 6 Quensbury and No. 11 Bishop Gibbons at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 23.

The Dragons’ quarterfinal game at HVCC is preceeded by the quarterfinal game between No. 4 Averill Park and No. 5 Amsterdam. Both advanced on first-round byes.

Foothills Council champion Scotia-Glenville was awarded the top seed in Class A and is seeking its fifth-straight finals appearance and third-straight championship. Troy was awarded the second seed.

Fonda-Fultonville received the 13th seed and will open the tournament hosting a preliminary-round game at 7 p.m. Saturday atainst No. 20 Tamarac. The winner advances to play No. 4 Mekeel Christian Tuesday at Mekeel Christian.

The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots open tournament play Tuesday on their home court with a 7 p.m. game against No. 11 Schuylerville.

The Johnstown Sir Bills received the 12th seed and will open play at 7 p.m. Tuesday at No. 5 Mechanicville.

The Canajoharie Cougars advanced to last year’s final four in the Class C tournament and will begin their quest to return to the Glens Falls Civic Center at the No. 8 seed. The Cougars will host No. 9 Berlin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with the winner moving on to play the winner between top-seeded Hoosic Valley and No. 16 Whitehall on Feb. 21 at HVCC.

No. 13 Fort Plain will open its postseason play at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the road against fourth-seeded Greenwich. The winner advances to the quarterfinals to face the winner between No. 5 Waterford and No. 12 Schoharie Feb. 21 at Shenendehowa High School.

In the Class D bracket the Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville Wolves received the sixth seed and will host No. 11 Fort Edward Wednesday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to play No. 3 Hartford on Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Stillwater High School.

The Northville Falcons were seeded ninth in the Class D tournament and will travel to face No. 8 Loudonville Christian in a rematch of the 2012-12 quarterfinal game at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Shaker High School. Loudonville Christian won last year’s game 53-42.