J-D boys hoops fall to Ludden in sectional final

Hot outside shooting by Gaelic Knights doom Red Rams

— Ludden seemed stunned and rattled by the loss of one of its key players, perhaps contributing to its inability to score for the remainder of the half. Still, they were up 36-25 heading into the break, despite a 8-0 J-D run to close the second quarter.

At the start of the second half, as Ludden adjusted its lineup to the loss of Rauch, J-D continued to toy with its own. Despite the much-praised depth of this year’s resurgent Red Ram squad, no group could seem to get it done against Ludden, offensively or defensively.

The Rams ended the third quarter down 56-40, and put up a pedestrian nine points in the final frame of the game as the Gaelic Knights' senior trio of Hawk, Hackett and Kaigler put the game away.

Ludden was led in the scoring column by Hackett’s 24 points, Hawk’s 18 points and Kaigler’s 15 points. J-D got 17 points from Kinsey, who now turns his attention to his college career at Robert Morris University.

The Gaelic Knights draw Massena in the first round of the state Class A tournament, held at Cicero-North Syracuse on Wednesday night. The Knights will be back in Glens Falls for the state final four for a third consecutive year if it beats Massena and the winner of Scotia-Glenville-Peru later in the week.

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