By MICHAEL KELLY
NISKAYUNA — Three squads from the Niskayuna Youth Basketball Association won their brackets in the Capital District Youth Basketball League’s Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Tournament on Jan. 17 and 18.
Niskayuna’s teams for the fourth, fifth, and seventh grades won championships.
For the seventh-grade team, Sean St. Lucia had 15 points to help lead the club to a 40-39 victory against South Colonie in the title game, while Luke DeBritz added 10 points and blocked five shots. To make it to the title game, Niskayuna topped Schenectady, 52-43, as Sam Morra scored 14 points and Nick Tellone added a dozen.
In the fifth-grade championship, Niskayuna prevailed against South Colonie, 35-14, as Owen Evans scored 11 points, Darian Parker had 10 and Jack Allen added six. In the semifinals, Niskayuna topped Schalmont, 45-37, as Parker had a game-high 19 points, Danny Quinn had seven, and Chris Conners chipped in six.
For the fourth-grade club, Greyson Vorgang poured in 12 points in a 43-22 title game victory against Scotia, while the trio of Sam Booth, Saif Chowdhrey and David Trahan each had seven. Niskayuna advanced to the championship with a 40-8 win against Mohonasen in which Dylan Mennillo scored eight points, and the trio of Noah Castle, Caleb Goldberg, and Vorgang each had six.
Meanwhile, the eighth-grade Niskayuna club went 1-1 at the tournament, falling to Guilderland in the semifinals, 50-43, and topping Scotia in the consolation game, 43-35. Against Guilderland, Jeff Halusic had 11 points, Nick Benton had 10, and Jack Murray added nine; against Scotia, Halusic had nine, while Tim Schaffer and George Tsakalakos each had eight.
The sixth-grade Niskayuna squad suffered narrow defeats in both its games, falling to Scotia, 52-49, and Ballston Spa, 36-34. Tyler Camelo had 14 points against Scotia, while Shae O’Brien had 12 and Leo O’Brien added 11; against Ballston Spa, Leo O’Brien had 10, Camelo had nine, and Jack Castle added eight rebounds.
The Junior B team for the Niskayuna Girls Travel Basketball program kept rolling Jan. 18 when the squads took on teams from Saratoga Springs.
The Junior B team improved to 11-0 on the season with a 37-18 victory against a Saratoga Springs squad that dropped to 9-2. Leading the Niskayuna club on offense were Natalie Prian with 12 points, Emma Souky with 10, and Lila Conners with nine, while Kate St. Lucia collected eight steals on defense.
For the Junior A team, Madde Hesler and Jocie Hamilton — both playing on their birthdays — were the leading scorers for Niskayuna in a 50-34 loss, which dropped the club to 3-4.
For the Biddy A team, Maclin Seever had seven points and Olivia Olsen collected six in a 31-18 loss, which dropped the club’s record to 3-7. In the Biddy B game, Niskayuna received strong efforts from Franny Davis and Zoe Goodwin in a 17-11 loss that dropped the club’s record to 8-3.
Also, the Niskayuna fourth-grade team lost, 18-14, as Ailyin Rutnik had six points and Adelyn Farrel had four. Niskayuna moved to 6-3 for the season.