Joseph Girard III Puts on A Show For Glens Falls In State Semifinal WinPosted: Updated:
Binghamton, N.Y. - The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boys Basketball State Championships started Friday at 9:30 a.m. over at the Floyd L. Maines Veteran Memorial Arena. Maybe 9:30 is too early for some people? Not in this case. Fans and spectators filled the arena as soon as tip-off began. Most of everyone's eyes were on Glens Falls senior guard, Joseph Girard III.
New York's Mr. Basketball and the Syracuse University commit poured in 39 points. Some would think wow, 'he must've played one of his better games.' Well, no, in fact, he was just about 10 points shy from what he averages a game. The senior averages nearly 50 ppg, eclipsing the 4,000 point mark this season, statistically becoming the best basketball player in New York State history.
JG3 led his team to a 83-63 victory over the then undefeated Olean Huskies in the Class B state semifinal. Girard started the game with six 3-pointers before halftime, scoring 18 of the Indians 20 points through the first quarter. The senior was 6-for-11 shooting from the field. At halftime, he had 24 points on 18 shots.The guard finished with 39 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists while going 12-for-31 shooting.
"I knew I had to get out to a fast start if we wanted to win this game" said Girard III. "Thankfully that happened, but it happens at practice, for sure. When we have good practices that's usually when we have good games. We all felt good heading into this game. We came out here and it was go time and that's pretty much all that it is."
Mr. Basketball cooled down in the second half, going 0-for-7 in the third quarter. However, his teammates picked up right where he left off. Glens Falls went 29-for-60 from the field, scoring nearly half of the shots they took. Junior forward Nick Danahy followed Girard with a season-high 16 points with 7 rebounds.
"All of the other individual goals and individual accolades are great and all but if you could win a state championship with your brothers and your family, there's nothing like it" said Girard III. "So, I'm looking forward to playing tomorrow and hopefully getting one."
Glens Falls (26-1) will look to grab the programs first ever state title on Saturday against Lowville high school at 5:15 p.m.
Today marked the fourth time Glens Falls has played in a state semifinal and tomorrow will be only the third time they've ever reached the state championship game. The Indians lost in the state final in both 2003 and 2007.