Harborfields' new goal: title No. 7
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Just because the Harborfields players set a team goal of winning six championships this season, and achieved that goal with their state Class A title last Sunday in Glens Falls, doesn't mean they wouldn't mind a magnificent seventh.
"I'm tired of public school teams saying the Federation means nothing," coach Chris Agostino said. "We're very motivated. This is a chance to win another championship. How often do you get a chance to do that?"
The Tornadoes (22-2) ride a 19-game winning streak into Friday's state Federation Class A semifinal game against CHSAA champion Iona Prep at 8:30 at the Times Union Center in Albany. That streak included this six-pack of crowns: Suffolk League V, Suffolk Class A, Suffolk small schools, Suffolk overall, Long Island and state.
If Harborfields beats Iona Prep, which ended the magical postseason run of St. John the Baptist with a 65-51 victory in the CHSAA Class A championship game March 10, the Tornadoes will face the winner of Friday's Long Island Lutheran-Brooklyn Collegiate game.
Lutheran, the defending state Federation Class A champion, dealt Harborfields one of its losses, 55-41, on Dec. 23.
But the Tornadoes don't dare look ahead to Saturday's Federation finale. Iona Prep has a strong frontcourt, led by Tim McCarthy, who scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds against St. John the Baptist. "He's a big, strong kid, a good rebounder," Agostino said.
The Harborfields coach also was impressed with swingman Felix Abongo, who scored 14 points in the CHSAA title game and replaced injured Kevin Conroy as the team's defensive stopper. He might be matched against the Tornadoes' top scorer and outside shooter, Justin Ringen. "He does a lot of good things," Agostino said.
Agostino called point guard Luke Wooten "very scrappy" and shooting guard Isiah Ice "very athletic."
Iona Prep is in the Federation playoffs for the second time in four years; Harborfields made it past the state public schools tournament for the first time. The Tornadoes won close games in Glens Falls in both the semifinals and finals. "Good teams lose the close games," Agostino said. "Great teams win them."