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Stillwater Triumphs Over Northeastern Clinton in Class B Subregional Boys’ Basketball: NYSPHSAA


CLIFTON PARK — The NYSPHSAA Class B subregional contest at ​Shenendehowa on Tuesday night was dominated by⁤ Stillwater, as they faced off against Northeastern Clinton.

Stillwater set the ‍tone early, scoring⁤ an impressive 34 points in the ⁢first quarter and establishing a commanding 40-3 ‌lead ⁤against the Section 7 representative.

They ultimately secured a⁣ 71-24 victory, advancing to the regional championship round of the ⁤state playoffs this coming Saturday.

“This team‍ has put in the effort,” expressed Stillwater coach⁤ Bruce Lilac. “They were disappointed with last year’s sectional‍ final ​loss, feeling they had the potential to be‌ state finalists. We often remind them of that, and​ they⁤ understand what it takes ⁣to⁢ succeed.”

Eight players contributed to Stillwater’s scoring, with ⁢Jaxon Mueller leading the pack with 17 points. Kaelan Leak and Carter Wichelns each added 15 points, while Lukas Lilac contributed 13.

“I didn’t‌ anticipate such a ​significant lead,” admitted Wichelns. “Our‍ focus is on executing⁤ our plays​ to the best of our ability.”

“I am confident that if⁣ we apply what we learn in⁣ practice, we will⁢ perform well,” he added. “The ‍offense‌ will follow.”

With this victory, Stillwater’s record improves to 24-1. They⁣ will face ⁣Section 10’s Canton (21-3 ⁤overall) on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. at SUNY Potsdam.

For Coach Lilac, ⁢Tuesday’s game was ⁢a chance to‌ see every player contribute in​ a significant match.

“It’s always rewarding,” Lilac ​said. “There’s no‍ real benefit in scoring⁤ 100 points against a team. We did‍ it once and I wasn’t pleased. It’s ⁤important that⁢ all players, regardless ‍of their role, get a chance to participate in the game as ⁤they all put in the hard‍ work during practice.”

Stillwater 34 12 21 4​ —⁤ 71

Northeastern Clinton⁣ 3 8 14 9 — ​34

Stillwater scoring: Mueller 8-1-17; Lilac 5-2-13; ‌McDonough 2-0-4; Leak 6-0-15; Wichelns 7-1-15; Burdo 0-2-2; Wagner 1-0-3; Gannon ​1-0-2. Northeastern Clinton scoring: Brown 3-0-6; Prairie 1-0-2; Marshall 1-0-2; Magoon ​5-7-17; Castine​ 2-3-7. Team ‌scoring: Stillwater 25-6-71; Northeastern ⁤Clinton 12-10-34.

Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan, an informed and passionate sports reporter, is a former college athlete with a degree in Sports Communication from Ithaca College. Go Bombers!
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