It was a typical mid-January Friday night in Capital Region high school basketball. Single digit windchills were dropping to negative numbers, road teams kept the buses running. However, that didn't deter some road warriors from dropping the heat on this Friday night in Section 2 hoops. 38 match-ups on the schedule in boys basketball and another 29 on the girls basketball slate.

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Let's start with some road warriors in boys basketball. Top ranked CBA knocked off Ballston Spa on their home floor 48-35, while Shenendehowa went into Guilderland and won 50-40 for their Suburban Council victory. Saratoga visited Columbia and came away with a win, as Shaker won on Averill Park's home floor 51-41. Hartford got a road win at Corinth 67-50, as did Lake George visiting Argyle and leaving with a 58-50 triumph.

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Icabod Crane picked up a road win at Cobleskill 59-43, as did visiting Mohonosen over Schalmont 62-42. Fonda earned a road win a Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 48-45, as did Canajoharie at Galway 60-49. Fort Plain won on the roat at Northville 59-44 and Hudson picked up victory on Maple Hill's home floor 58-53. Scotia went into Broadalbin-Perth and came away with a 61-45 win, as Queensbury snuck away from Johnstown with a 61-60 win. Visiting Watervliet dropped 79 on Taconic Hills for their 79-36 win and Greenville went to Coxsackie-Athens and won 61-39. North Warren visited Granville and won 62-53.

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Now on to the home victories on Friday in boys basketball. In a few big games, Makeel Christian knocked off visiting Niskayuna 63-61 in a thriller. #2 in NYS Class B ranked Tamarac took care of visiting Greenwich 66-34, while Mechanicville edged visiting Hoosic Valley 50-49 for the win. Burnt Hills knocked off visiting Bethlehem 48-45, while Colonie shut down Schenectady 60-51. Hadley-Luzerne beat visiting Salem 62-45, while top ranked Amsterdam defended their home floor against Schuylerville 58-49. Oppenheim-Ephratah-St.Johnsville held off visiting Mayfield 70-47.

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Let's go to big road victories in girls basketbal. No better game to start with than Duanesburg going into Berne-Knox for their 80-64 victory. Mechanicville left Hoosic Valley with a 51-38 win. Schalmont went to Mohonosen and won 68-37, while Albany visited Troy for a 69-36 win. Averill Park went to Shaker and took a 58-48 victory, while Colonie went to Schenectady and shut them down for the 58-18 victory. Corinth went to Hartford and won 70-58, while Maple Hill traveled to Hudson for a 39-19 defensive battle. Mayfield went to Oppenheim-Ephratah-St.Johnsville and earned a 59-43 win.

Photographer Sasha Jo
Photographer Sasha Jo
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Now to the home wins in girls hoops. Top ranked Shen beat road team Guilderland 62-31, while Saratoga knocked off visiting Columbia 55-46. Cambridge held down Waterford 71-26, as Greenwich beat Tamarac 55-46. Northville held off Fort Plain 54-43, while Emma Willard shut down Stillwater 38-29. Whitehall dropped 62 on visiting Fort Ann for their home win.

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Remember, you can send scores or photos of games to @charlievoelker on Twitter or charles.voelker@townsquaremedia.com. Thank you to everyone for your contributions. They are greatly appreciated.

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Heartwrenching Look at Beloved Capital Region Concert Venue Before Demolition

The Starlite Music Theater opened in 1957 and was a popular venue located in Latham. There were many acts that passed through the Starlite until 1997. It was a 3,000 seat theater in the round. In the 1980s I saw Belinda Carlisle of the Go Gos at the Starlite Music Theater. Kenny Rogers, The Monkees, Weird Al Yankovic, Jonny Cash, Run DMC, Diana Ross, and more graced the stage. The Starlite closed its doors in 1998 and laid dormant for years. Then in December of 2012, the Starlite was demolished. Here are pictures of the venue in the summer of 2012 before it was leveled.