Leading off today:
A bit of stream of unconsiousness on the opening morning of the NYSPHSAA basketball semifinals in Binghamton and Troy:
11:10 a.m.: The first game of the day goes final as Glens Falls defeated Olean 83-63 in the Class B semifinals in Binghamton.
After a blazing first quarter with 16 points, Joe Girard III finished with 39 points on 12-for-31 shooting. He also had eight rebounds and seven assists.
Mike Schmidt, who made a big impression on me last weekend during a win in the state quarterfinals against Greece Odyssey, led Olean with 29 points.
With Olean's loss, we re down to two undefeated boys basketball teams in New York: Pittsford Mendon in Class A and Lake George in Class C.
11 a.m.: Speaking of awards, Joe Girard III has once again been selected Gatorde's new York player of the year in boys basketball, it was announced this morning.
The two-sport star began today's NYSPHSAA semifinal with 4,589 career points, by far the highest total in state history. He also won the Gatorade award as a Glens Falls junior.
Previous two-time New York winners of the award were Felipe Lopez (Rice, 1993-94) and Cheick Diallo (Our Savior New American, 2014-15).
Girard had already been selected Mr. New York Basketball by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York a week ago.
10:25 a.m.: McQuaid fell a game short of reaching the Class AA semifinals, having lost to Niagara Falls in the quarterfinals last weekend at Greece Athena High School.
One has to wonder what might have been for the Knights has Isaiah Stewart not transferred out after the 2016-17 season in order to attend La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind.
On Friday, Stewart was selected the recipient of the Naismith Trophy for High School Players.
Stewart, who recently committed to play for the University of Washington next season and is regarded as a potential one-and-done prospect, is averaging 18.1 points and 11.3 rebounds for the nation's No. 1 prep team.
Some of the recipients of the H.S. Naismith have included future college and professional stars Alonzo Mourning (1988), Chris Webber (1991), Jason Kidd (1992), Kobe Bryant (1996), LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2004) and Kevin Love (2007).
10:15 a.m.: NFHS Network is running a message that the New Mxisco game that tipped off at 7:45 a.m. local time today is delayed for unspecified reasons.
However, another New Mexico playoff contest between Texico and Pecos is now being streamed. Those teams would have tipped off at 8 a.m. local time. Yikes.
10:10 a.m.: Glens Falls leads Olean 40-25 at the half. Joe Girard III has 24 points on 7-for-14 shooting and has also handed out four assists.
Ellis Williams, who has been covering Girard and the Glens Falls team all season for The Post-Star, is spot-on with this observation: