Canajoharie coach Schoff diplomatic over squad's No. 4 seed in Class C

By MICHAEL KELLY

Recorder Sports Staff

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The guy most upset about the seed given to the Canajoharie Cougars by the Section II boys basketball seeding committee?

Casey Russom, the head coach of the Cougars' main rival.

"When you look at Canajoharie ... Canjo got the hose-job of the century and that's really too bad," the Fort Plain head coach said.

The 15-2 Cougars were granted the No. 4 seed in the Section II Class C field. While a nice seeding, the team had hoped for a bit more -- 13-5 Greenwich received the No. 3 seed.

Canajoharie head coach Phil Schoff was much more diplomatic in his assessment than his rival.

"I felt like we were probably a 3-seed, looking at standings and records," said Schoff. "But I think it really came down to Greenwich beating us in the beginning of the year."

Greenwich had defeated Canajoharie by a dozen points in the Cougars' fourth game of the season, but Russom said he thought that the Witches had benefited more from the perception of the league they play in than their body of work.

"The Wasaren is a good league and they seem to get some special treatment when it comes to seeding time," Russom said.

Overall, though, Schoff said he was happy with his team's draw, which includes a first-round home game Wednesday against No. 13 Voorheesville. After that, if the Cougars advance, the club is likely to see No. 5 Schoharie -- a club Canajoharie beat twice this season.

"To be honest, even though it was just one spot, I think we benefitted from [being No. 4], even though we could have got the 3," Schoff said.

Also in the Class C draw, the Hilltoppers received the No. 9 seed and will travel Wednesday to No. 8 Rensselaer.

"I thought it was a good draw for us," said Russom. "We've scouted Rensselaer, so we have them on tape because they're one of the teams we thought we could get."

In Class B, Broadalbin-Perth received the No. 8 seed and a first-round home game after a strong season in the Foothills Council. The Patriots will play host Tuesday to Ichabod Crane.

In Class D, No. 8 St. Johnsville will play host to No. 9 Heatly Wednesday, while No. 10 Northville will go Wednesday to No. 7 Doane Stuart.