The Right Chemistry

“They’re similar to my 2001 team in that respect.”  said Schenectady High basketball coach Mark Sausville about his 2004-2005 team.  “I know things may change.  We’re talking about high school personalities.  All I’m saying is that, at this point, I feel good about them, chemistry-wise.  Chemistry is the ingredient that makes great teams greater,” he added.  “The Yankees were great on paper.”  The 2000-2001 team Sausville was referring to won the New York State Class A championship, and they tied the section II record with 28 wins that season.  Jason McKrieth, Rashaun Freeman, Adonist Barber, Fred Harris, and Sequon Young were the stalwarts on that squad.  Early in the 2004-2005 season, McKrieth a 6’4″ guard, was the second leading scorer on the Rice University basketball team, averaging 15.2 points, 4 rebounds, and close to 3 assists per game.  his 1,150 plus career points is the 19th highest total in Rice history.  Freeman, 6’9″, 255 pounds, was in his sophomore year at the University of Massachusetts and averaging a team-high 15 points and 7 rebounds per game.  He was 4 for 4 from the field and pulled down 6 caroms against Gonzaga, a team that was ranked number 25 in the nation.  Freeman averaged 15.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game the 2003-2004 season.

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