New Hartford, NY (January 20, 2024) – The New Hartford Spartans (2-8) seek to defy the odds and topple the undefeated Colonie Central Raiders (12-0) in a battle for local bragging rights this Saturday, January 20th, at 3:45 PM ET. The non-conference showdown at New Hartford High School promises a clash between contrasting styles and motivations, with the Spartans hungry for a statement win and the Raiders looking to maintain their dominant march towards the postseason.
What it is: New York High School basketball
Matchup: Colonie Central Raiders vs New Hartford Spartans
Time: Saturday, January 20, at 3:45 pM ET
Game Type: home non-conference
Locations: New Hartford, NY
Live Stream: Watch here
Raiders Rolling Towards Perfection:
The Colonie Central Raiders have been a force to be reckoned with this season. Led by the dynamic scoring duo of senior guard Liam O’Connor and junior forward Sarah Thompson, the Raiders boast a high-octane offense and a stifling defense. Their relentless pressure and precise ball movement have left opponents reeling, averaging a margin of victory of over 20 points per game.
“We’re focused on playing disciplined basketball and capitalizing on every opportunity,” says Raiders head coach, Michael Davis. “Our players are motivated to stay undefeated and prove that we’re one of the best teams in the state.”
Spartans Seeking Redemption:
While the Raiders might wear the mantle of invincibility, the New Hartford Spartans are far from ready to surrender. They are a scrappy team defined by their hustle and determination, eager to break out of their recent slump and earn a signature victory. Senior guard John Smith remains a steady offensive threat, while sophomore forward Emily Lee provides energy and rebounding down low.
“We know the Raiders are a talented team, but we’re not intimidated,” says Spartans head coach, Sarah Thompson. “We’ve been working hard all season, and we have the belief that we can compete with anyone. This game is an opportunity for us to show what we’re capable of and get our season back on track.”
David vs Goliath? Not Quite:
Despite the disparity in records, New Hartford possesses the firepower to make things interesting. Their athleticism and scrappy defense can disrupt the Raiders’ rhythm, while a hot shooting night could change the complexion of the game. Colonie, however, will rely on their experience and composure to maintain their winning streak.
“We expect a physical game with New Hartford fighting for every possession,” says Coach Davis. “We need to stay focused and execute our game plan to avoid any potential upsets.”