By Rob Potter
FALLSBURG March 14, 2003 The Fallsburg Comets are ready.
The Comets face Section VI Champion Buffalo City Honors (20-4) at 7 p.m. tonight in a New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Class C semifinal at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Fallsburg (17-5) earned the trip to the Class C final four by defeating East Rockaway 65-47 last Friday night.
Fallsburg Coach Paul Marsden noted that Buffalo City Honors mirrors the Comets in a few ways.
They are a lot like us, Marsden said. They are a quick, athletic team with not a lot of size. They have a great point guard. I would say theyre a lot like Tuckahoe.
Fallsburg defeated Section I champion Tuckahoe 51-47 on March 4 in a Class C opening round game.
Buffalo City Honors Coach Drake Sarancescone noted that his team is not that tall.
Our biggest player is 6-1, Sarancescone said.
That player is Erik Roberson, who Sarancecsone noted has been the teams leading scorer in many games this season.
The coach is ready for the game.
Were just going to come out and play hard and try to play good defense, Sarancescone said. Weve been there before, we were in the final four last year.
(Buffalo City Honors lost the Class C state championship game last season.)
Both Sarancescone and Marsden are in the same position in that they know only a few details about their opponent.
I dont know too much about Fallsburg, Sarancescone said. But Im sure they are a very good team to advance this far. Theyre well coached and Im certain theyll be excited and ready to play.
Marsden said that the Comets have been practicing hard and are ready for the challenge of playing in the state semifinals.
Were very pleased just to reach this level, he said. The kids are working hard and were going to do our best.
Although Buffalo City Honors is certainly a formidable opponent, Marsden and the Comets are not intimidated.
Anything can happen, Marsden said. Were going to play as hard as we can and see what happens.