Hawkeyes aim to cap season with W

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Cooperstown boys basketball will play for a state title this weekend.

The Hawkeyes have reached their first state final four since 2012.  They’ll face Greenport on Saturday morning at 10:45am.  If they win, they’ll play for a state championship on Sunday at noon.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Jack Lambert said.  “All the guys are super excited to finally get to the Final Four our senior year.”

Despite the seven years between trips, Cooperstown always had plans to make it to Binghamton.

“We set our sights as of playing on March 17th,” head coach John Lambert said.  “That was our goal.  I think if you set the bar any lower than that, regardless of whether you reach it or not, you’re selling yourself short.”

The Hawekeys opened the season with 16 straight wins, but lost back-to-back games to Holland Patent and Utica Academy of Science in early February.

“It was a real rough 74 hours from Friday at 7pm until Monday at 9pm,” John Lambert said.  “We did not play good basketball.”

Cooperstown answered the bell.  They haven’t lost since.

“Perfect seasons are hard and obviously we wanted to try to complete that, but losing helps us learn from ourselves and learn from those games,” Jack Lambert said.  “I think it’s ultimately helped us on this run in sectionals and into states.”

The Hawkeyes have never won a state title, and they’ll have a chance to make history this weekend.

“It would be an amazing accomplishment,” Jack Lambert said.  “I know we’ve always dreamed of it and hopefully we can cap our senior year off with a W.”

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