BROADALBIN - After playing a tight opening period against Schuylerville Tuesday night, the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots only managed to score four second-quarter points.
However, on the positive side, their pressing defense held the Black Horses to only 10 to stay within striking distance.
That would be key as the high-energy Broadalbin-Perth defense wore down the Schuylerville players and helped the Patriots rally back to defeat the Black Horses for a 47-35 non-league victory.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Brent Bochenek (22) dribbles past Schuylerville’s Cameron Cook during the second-quarter of Tuesday’s non-league game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"The thing tonight was we stuck with it," Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. "We were down, down, down and then finally we got the turnovers in the fourth and turned it around. We are coming after people [on defense]. We might not have gotten a lot of turnovers in the first half, but I thought we had energy at the end, and they were kind of dragging because we pressed them for the entire 32 minutes."
The Patriots' press forced Schuylerville to turn the ball over 25 times, 22 of which came off steals.
Broadalbin-Perth (2-1 overall) jumped out to a quick start with eighth-grader Preston Taylor draining a 3-pointer before the Black Horses took the lead with five unanswered points.
The lead see-sawed but was in favor of the Patriots at the end of the period as Andre Taylor connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give B-P a 12-11 edge.
Andre Taylor accounted for all the Patriots' second-quarter scoring with a free-throw and a 3-pointer, but the Black Horses could not capitalize on B-P's low scoring output, managing just 10 points on three field goals and a 4-for-8 effort from the free-throw line to hold a 21-16 halftime advantage.
It did not take the Patriots long to overcome the five-point halftime deficit.
Sparked by a pair of Brent Bochenek 3-pointers, B-P opened the third quarter on a 9-3 run to take a 25-24 advantage with 2:24 left in the third period.
"Brent [Bochenek] is a pure shooter and he knows if they go zone he has a green light to shoot the three," Gifford said. "That took the pressure off because we had a tough time against them in the paint."
Schuylerville fought back to open a four-point lead before Andre Taylor again hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to put the score at 30-29 in favor of Schuylerville heading into the final eight minutes of play.
"After the second quarter we could easily have gone the other way, but we hung around and things eventually started going our way," Gifford said.
Andre Taylor converted on a pair of free throws in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to put the Patriots back on top and turned a steal into a lay-up to cap off a series of four-straight turnovers by the Black Horses to open the final stanza.
Schuylerville regrouped and pulled to within two points before Bochenek broke their momentum with his third 3-pointer of the second half.
The Patriots closed out the game by holding Schuylerville to a basket on an offensive put back and a free throw over the final four minutes, while Preston Taylor converted a turnover into a lay-up and Andre Taylor converted six of eight free throws down the stretch to lock up the 47-35 victory.
Another key to the victory was the Patriots' starters were on the floor to close out the game, unlike in their 44-37 loss to Fonda-Fultonville Saturday night when four B-P players fouled out of the game.
"That was big but if you look at the card it was four, four, four, four, three; we were still in a little bit of foul trouble," Gifford said. "We stayed with it tonight. We learned a little bit from the Fonda game as far as not hand-checking as much. We still make mistakes but we are trying to fix that so that we don't give teams one-and-ones or get to 10 [fouls] right away."
Andre Taylor led the Patriots with 21 points, including a 10-for-15 effort from the free-throw line, and eight steals. Bochenek contributed 11 points.
Schuylerville was paced by Cameron Cook's 13-point effort, while Dante Langley chipped in with 11.
With Tuesday's victory, the Patriots improved to 2-1 on the season, already equaling their win total for the 2011-12 season. They now enter Foothills Council play starting Thursday night at Gloversville.
"We hit a tough stretch in the league right away - Gloversville, Queensbury, Scotia and Glens Falls - to start the league off," Gifford said.
Broadalbin-Perth 47, Schuylerville 35
Schuylerville11 10 9 5 - 35
Broadalbin-Perth12 4 13 18 - 47
Buell 1-2-4, Hayes 1-0-2, Waldron 1-0-2, Langley 3-5-11, C. Cook 4-3-13, Levine 0-2-2, Richards 0-1-1. Totals 10-13-35.
Bellandi 3-0-6, Bochenek 4-0-11, Natoli 1-1-3, R. Newfrock 0-1-1, A. Taylor 4-10-21, P. Taylor 2-0-5. Totals 14-12-47.
3-point goals: Schuylerville 2 (Cook 2); Broadalbin-Perth 7 (Bochenek 3, A.Taylor 3, P. Taylor).