Schenectady High to play Nisky this coming basketball season

Games against Albany Academy, Kingston and Niskayuna, and a rematch with either state champion Scotia-Glenville or Columbia will be part of Schenectady’s varsity boys’ basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season.

“I got on the ball very quickly,” said Schenectady head coach Eric Loudis. “I’m the kind of guy who wants things done. I’m not a procrastinator.”

Schenectady and the rest of the Big 10 schools are in the process of arranging their 2014-15 athletic schedules for all sports. The league, which began operation in 1977, officially dissolved last month for several reasons including a lack of girls’ programs and a growing shift in the balance of power.

The Big 10 schools will be competing in non-league contests starting in the fall season.

“I still need to find two more games. We have 16 right now,” said Loudis. “I was hoping to find games in the local region, but it looks more and more like we’ll have to travel. All of the other conferences are locked in.

Loudis said Schenectady will not be playing Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons or new Foothills Council member Amsterdam in the winter season. The Patriots will play longtime Big 10 rivals Albany, Bishop Maginn, Catholic Central, Christian Brothers Academy, LaSalle and Troy twice while also going to Troy’s showcase tournament in early January after hosting their own holiday event in late December.

Schenectady will meet Alb­any Academy and Kingston at Troy’s round-robin showcase. A meeting with Niskayuna in the opening round of its Arthur Hilliard Memorial Basketball Tournament has also been scheduled, while Scotia-Glenville and Columbia are matched in the other. Niskayuna has taken the place of Newburgh Free Academy.

“Newburgh opted to play in a three-day showcase. If they stayed with us, I would have played Niskayuna twice [in non-league games],” said Loudis. “Our schedule would have been all set.”