Falcons fall short in quarterfinals
STILLWATER – After downing Loudonville Christian in its opening-round game, the Northville Falcons moved on to face defending New York State and Section II Class D champion Argyle.
The top-seeded Scots made the most of early cold shooting and turnovers by Northville to open the game with 14 unanswered points en route to overpowering the Falcons 72-36 in a Section II Class D quarterfinal game Saturday at Stillwater High School.
“They are good, there is no doubt about it, and we knew that coming in,” Northville coach John Karbowski III said. “We could have played a little bit better. It don’t know if it was jitters but we had some early turnovers that we shouldn’t have had and we didn’t shoot well.”
Brock Liddle did the majority of the Scots scoring in the game-open run, hitting for 10 of the 14 points.
Kalob Russell connected for Northville’s first points of the game with just over two minutes left in the opening quarter and later added a free throw and a 3-pointer to account for all six of the Falcons’ first-quarter points.
Nick Jonas stepped up in the second quarter for Northville, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and a field goal, but the Falcons could not cut into Argyle’s lead and trailed 39-19 at the half.
Northville’s troubles compounded early in the third quarter when Danny Reidell left the game with an ankle injury after making a play on a layup by Kobe Lufkin after a turnover.
David Onzo and Wolfie Reinke accounted for Northville’s five third-quarter points on a field goal and a 3-pointer respectively.
Jonas raised his team-high scoring to 14 points with two more 3-pointers in the final eight minutes as Argyle closed out the 72-36 victory.
Onzo finished with seven points, while Russell had six and Reinke added five and Reidell and Nate Edwards had two points each.
Liddle led all scorers with 21 points, while Del Price added 16.
With the win, Argyle (16-3 overall) advances to the Class D semifinals on Tuesday at the Glens Falls Civic Center to play North Warren. The fifth seeded Cougars edged fourth-seeded Fort Ann on Saturday, 60-58.
Germantown and Hartford will meet in Wednesday’s other semifinal game.
Northville finished up the season with an 8-12 overall mark.
“I am proud of these guys. They overcame adversity all season,” Karbowski said. “We may not have won as many games as we would have liked to, but just the fact that the kids did not quit and kept playing through that adversity.”
Argyle 72, Northville 36
Northville6 13 5 12 – 36
Argyle18 21 20 13 – 72
Edwards 1-0-2, Jonas 5-0-14, Russell 2-1-6, Reinke 2-0-5, Reidell 1-0-2, Onzo 3-1-7. Totals: 14-2-36.
Jo. Horton 2-0-6, Lufkin 3-2-9, Bristol 2-0-4, Liddle 9-2-21, Ja. Horton 1-1-3, Saunders 1-0-2, Humiston 2-1-5, Pryce 7-2-16, Jehring 3-0-6. Totals: 30-8-72.
3-point goals: Northville 6 (Jonas 4, Russell, Reinke); Argyle 4 (Horton 2, Lufkin, Liddle).