(Averill Park, NY)
Columbia edged past Averill Park 72-60 in a hard fought Capital Region basketball match up. The final result was anything from a forgone conclusion for the majority of the game. Frank Rainville paced the winners with 38 points.
The Blue Devils used a monster second half as they pulled away for the comeback win. They rallied from being down fifteen points multiple times in the first half. (25 to 10 and 35 to 20)
The Blue Devils used a fourth quarter push as they eclipsed Averill Park 27-14 as regulation came to an end. That burst enabled them to celebrate the outcome. Frank Rainville nailed back to back three pointers in the fourth quarter to help extend a two point Columbia lead to eight points with just under four minutes left in the game.
The Warriors held a slight 1-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. This battle of wills was a war on the floor through the third frame.
Sparked by a great team effort in the second half Columbia outscored Averill Park 45-21 in the final sixteen minutes. That was different than the first half when Averill Park built a 39-27 lead at the midway point.
The Blue Devils used a tough hard-nosed effort in the third quarter and outscored Averill Park by 11 points.
Frank Rainville led Columbia with 38 points. Owen Stefanko secured 11 points. Noah Monpoeho netted 9 points. Timothy Strevell totaled 8 points.
The Blue Devils splashed 7 trifectas.
Frank Rainville nailed 5 three-pointers.
Columbia shot with superb accuracy from the free throw line as they produced 65.2%, 15 of 23.
The Warriors knocked down 4 hoops from long range.
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By Ed Bemiss