So much for the injury.
Saniya Chong poured in 36 points in the first game of the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival as Hudson Valley won a laugher, 127-52, over Mid-Hudson (Section 9).
Chong wasn’t even a definite to play in this tournament because of a dislocated shoulder. It was only her second game back. But she said she felt fine. And obviously it showed.
Her shooting and ballhandling was badly needed on a team beset by injuries to point guards Brittni Lai and Toni Pilla and a last-minute defenction by guard Imani Tilford.
Irvington’s Alexis Martins added 19 points, Hamilton’s Maia Hood had 16, and Ursuline’s Jasmine Robinson had 14.
Keep in mind that this was the easy game. Section 1 always beats Section 9. Next up is a Saturday doubleheader vs Long Island at 9 a.m. and Buffalo at noon. Win both and they’ll be in the championship Sunday.
The BCANY tournament, held at Johnson City High School outside Binghamton, is a summer replacement for the cancelled Empire State Games.