Gazette All-Area Boy's Basketball Team
Two Schenectady first-teamers fueled Patriots' season
Like guards, they handled the basketball, found open teammates and knocked down 3-point baskets. Like forwards, they rebounded, blocked shots and threw down slam dunks.
“They played every position. One, two, three, four and five,” coach Eric Loudis said of Schenectady seniors Jenkins and Ryals, who, with their many gifts, led the Patriots to their finest season in over a decade. “They did what was needed. They just wanted to win. That was the big thing.”
The team captains displayed that desire in the offseason with a slew of shots, and the payoff over 23 games was a 17.6 average for Ryals and a 16.9 average for Jenkins, and 17 wins for Schenectady with a division championship and its Section II Class AA final four spot.
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