For the first time since 1981 and just the second time in program history, Tuckahoe has won a boys state basketball championship. The Tigers beat Middle College of Section 6 77-66 Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center in the Class C state final.
Tuckahoe’s only other state title came in 1981 when the team won the Class D state championship before falling in the Federation final. That team finished the season 23-4.
These Tigers began their quest to make history last March after losing to eventual state champ Friends Academy in the regional final. They accomplished everything and more, finishing the season a perfect 25-0.
“It’s unreal,” senior Mark Raymond said. “We had a crazy schedule this year. We played AA (teams), A, B. As the smallest (Class C) school in Section 1, it’s incredible.”
Sky Williams earned tournament MVP honors after scoring 37 points in the championship game. He finish his career with 1,537 points in just three seasons.
“To score 37 points in a 32-minute game, it’s just incredible,” said Al Visconti, who got his 100th win as Tuckahoe coach in the semifinal. “He’s got tremendous poise on the court, he gets his teammates involved, and he’s economical. (In the semifinal) he got 28, and I thought he had about 18. He’s a sneaky kind of assassin. He’s got a real knack for getting th eball in the basket, He’s a pleasure to coach in that he makes me look smart on a nightly basis.”