NYS Boys’ Basketball Tourney at Glens Falls’ Cool Friday-Sunday

Chronicle Managing Editor Cathy DeDe writes: The NYS Boys’ Basketball State Championship returns to the Cool Insuring Arena, Friday to Sunday, March 17-20. Section 2 is represented by the North Warren Cougars in Class D, and the Catholic Central Crusaders of Troy in Class B.

New this year, Cool Arena offers premium behind-the bench seating on a per-game basis, $20 each, available at the Box Office — or purchase in advance, with added $5 fee, via a link on the seatgeek.com website.

General admission tickets cost $10 per session, no reentry. Purchase in person at the Arena box office or online at Seat Geek ($3 fee).

Quick preview: Section 2 teams

  • North Warren (19-5) plays Chapel Field Christian High School (also 19-5) Saturday, March 18, at 12:30 p.m. Whoever wins seeks the title in the Class D Finals on Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m.

    The Cougars won the Section 2 title at the Cool two weekends ago. They qualified for the state tournament by beating Schroon Lake, the Section 7 Class D champion, 64-59, in the second round of Regionals, after a first-round bye.

  • Catholic Central (24-1) faces Southampton High School’s Mariners (11-2) in the Class B Semi-finals Saturday at 9 a.m. The Class B Finals are Sunday at 1.

Glens Falls Nation fans saw what a powerhouse Catholic Central is two Saturdays ago when the Crusaders defeated the hometown Indians, 73-59, for its first Section 2 championship since 1981. Catholic Central reached the state tourney by beating Potsdam’s Sandstoners (yes, “The Sandstoners”) 72-34 in the Regional final after a first-round bye.

This is the second year of Glens Falls’ current three-year contract to host the State Boys’ Basketball Tournament. Last year was the first time in five years that the Boys’ Tournament was in Glens Falls.

The short story: Glens Falls the NYS Boys’ Tournament for 36 years, from 1981 to 2016. Binghamton won the bid 2017-2019 before the state Public High School Athletic Association brought it back to what locals consider “home,” Glens Falls.

Glens Falls new three-year contract was delayed twice when the tournament was cancelled for Covid in 2020 and 2021.

Schedule at Cool Insuring Arena Boys Basketball Championships

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Friday, March 17

Class C Semifinals
9:30 am: Canton vs. Haldane
11:15 am: Moravia vs. Randolph
Class AA Semifinals
1 pm: Liverpool vs. North Rockland
2:45 pm: Brentwood vs. Victor

Class A Semifinals
6 pm New Hartford vs. Tappan Zee
7:45 pm : South Side vs. Irondequoit
Saturday, March 18

Class B Semifinals
9 am Catholic Central vs. Southampton
10:45 am: Westhill vs. Newark
Class D Semifinals
12:30 pm North Warren vs. Chapel Field Christian
2:30 pm: Hamilton vs. Prattsburgh Cent./Avoca Cent.

5:15 pm: Class C Finals
7 pm : Class AA Finals
8:45 pm: Class A Finals
Sunday, March 19: SESSION #5
1 pm: Class B Finals
3 pm: Class D Finals


Admission to each session is $10, general admission. No reentry. Buy online at seatgeek.com ($3 fee) or in person at the Cool Insuring Arena box office during business hours.

NEW! Premium behind-the bench seating available on a per-game basis, $20 each, sold at the Cool Insuring Arena Box Office (or purchase in advance via link on the Seat Geek site; $5 fee.)

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