continued Massena played the same 2-3 zone that the Gaelic Knights burned J-D with through hot 3-point shooting, but this time the damage was mostly through mid-range jumpers that Walser and Dan Kaigler found with regularity. The lead reached 56-32 by the end of the third quarter, and shortly after the starters went to the bench.
Hackett had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Kaigler worked his total to 19 points, adding 12 rebounds for a double-double. Walser had 14 points and Sierotnik stepped up with 13 points, giving Ludden fans a reason to think it could still move ahead in Rauch's absence.
All of that, though, will get tested in a big way by 22-0 Scotia-Glenville, the same team Ludden beat in a 58-53 regional thriller one year ago at SRC Arena.
For the rematch, the setting shifts east, to Hudson Valley CC, and the Tartans, who survived a double-overtime Section II final with Troy before routing Peru 70-41 in its regional opener, will rely on the inside-outside tandem of junior forward Joe Cremo and senior guard Alex Sausville to try and get payback on Ludden with a trip to Glens Falls at stake.