Today’s semifinals: Silver Creek Black Knights (23-0) vs. IX-Pine Plains Bombers (20-2), 1:30 p.m.; II-Lake George Warriors (22-1) vs. IV-Moravia Blue Devils (21-2), 5 p.m.
What: New York State Public High School Athletic Association final four.
Where: Glens Falls Civic Center.
Saturday’s final: 7:15 p.m.
TV: All games live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
New York State Sportswriters Association Class C poll: 1. Pine Plains (last week: 1); 2. Silver Creek (last week: 2); 3. Lake George (last week: 6); 4. Moravia (last week: 9).
Silver Creek final four history: First appearance.
Pine Plains final four history: First appearance.
Where’s Pine Plains? The high school’s exact name is Stissing Mountain, which is located in the town of Pine Plains, which lies in northern Dutchess County, about 28 miles northeast of Poughkeepsie and about 10 miles west of the border to Massachusetts and Connecticut. Champion of Section IX, which also includes Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties.
Silver Creek starters: Kaine Kettle (5-10 Sr.), Bill Brooks (6-7 Sr.), Steve Marcey (5-9 Sr.), Brennan White (5-10 So.), Zed Williams (6-2 Sr.). Reserves: Josh Pfleugar (5-8 Sr.), Dan Sweetman (6-0 Sr.), Tyler Bain (5-10 Sr.), Anthony Morales (5-6 Sr.), James White (5-10 Jr.). Coach: Rob Genco.
Pine Plains starters: Zach Lydon (6-9 Sr.), Tyler Lydon (6-8 Jr.), Adam Miller (6-6 Jr.), Justin Cooper (6-4 Sr.), Dakota Piazzi (6-2 Jr.). Top reserves: Drew Evans (6-4 Sr.), Michael Barton (6-0 Jr.). Coach: Brendan LoBrutto.
How Silver Creek got here: Silver Creek beat Portville in the Section VI Class C-2 championship, then beat Middle Early College (which advanced to last year’s state final) for the overall Class C title. Last week, the Black Knights used a big second half to beat Mynderse in the Far West Regionals.
How Pine Plains got here: Bombers won third straight Section IX title with a 68-41 win over S.S. Seward, then won regional playoffs against Palisades Prep (63-40) and Stony Brook (44-39).
Silver Creek schedule scan: Silver Creek is one of two unbeaten teams left in the state; 23-0 Class D semifinalist Argyle of Section II (Albany area) is the other. The Black Knights had just two single-digit victories in the regular season, by seven at Randolph (which it beat by 26 in their second meeting) and by nine at Portville (which it beat by 27 in their other regular season meeting). Have stepped up in postseason despite a relatively weak nonleague schedule (Dunkirk and Westfield twice, Park and Tapestry).
Pine Plains schedule scan: Pine Plains’ two losses were in its first six games, to charter school Green Tech of Albany, which lost in the Section II Class AA final, and Marlboro (it avenged a 68-62 season-opening loss with a 49-47 postseason win). Marlboro is a Class B school which fell one game short of Glens Falls.
Bracketology: According to the state poll, the Silver Creek-Pine Plains game is for the state title. The pair has been 1-2 in the state Class C poll for nine straight weeks (beginning Jan. 14). Silver Creek will have to see how its balanced, preferably up-tempo game handles the Bombers’ significant height advantage. The Lydon brothers don’t spend their time exclusively under the basket as they’ve combined for more than 60 three-pointers. Things start with tall point guard Cooper (20.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.4 steals).
The other bracket should include a major crowd on hand for Section II (Albany area) champion Lake George, located about 20 minutes north of Glens Falls, as the Warriors make their first final four appearance since 2004. Moravia, a Finger Lakes town south of Owasco Lake, last made it to Glens Falls in 2010.
Coming Saturday: Coverage of Silver Creek’s semifinal as well as a gameday capsule for McKinley in Class A.
At buffalonews.com: Live blog with play-by-play coverage of all Section VI games in Glens Falls; comment in the blog or via Twitter using the hashtag #preptalkscores. A PrepTalkTV video recap will follow.
— Keith McShea