GLOVERSVILLE -After falling behind early in Friday's Foothills Council game against Queensbury, the Gloversville Dragons roared back to take a 51-48 lead into the fourth quarter.
After the Spartans recovered to take a 63-60 lead in the final minute of regulation, a clutch 3-pointer from Gloversville's Kevin Johnston with 35 seconds left tied the game at 63 and sent the game into overtime.
Johnston and Troy Kelly exchanged 3-pointers early in the overtime session, but it came down to foul shooting. The Spartans' Charles Peltz delivered a 3-for-4 effort from the free-throw line to lock up the thrilling 69-66 overtime victory for the Spartans.
Gloversville’s Hunter Goodwin (23) drives against Queensbury’s Andrew Homkeyu (22) during fourth quarter action Friday night at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"Tonight, it was an exceptional performance by both teams," Queensbury coach Doug Fraser said. "We were very fortunate to win this basketball game. We had some guys come off the bench and really give us a spark. Adam Troelstra hit three 3s and he has seen limited time until tonight. He got an opportunity tonight and he made the most of it."
Kelly hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute that gave the Spartans an early spark to pull out to a 9-2 lead. Gloversville came back with baskets from Barnhill and Barceem Dukes to trim Queensbury's lead to three before Kelly hit his second 3-pointer of the period to help the Spartans hold a 12-7 advantage at the end of the quarter.
Peltz connected for seven points early in the second quarter to extend the Spartans lead to eight, 19-11. Then the Dragons offense caught fire, outscoring the Spartans 10-4, with Asa Barnhill hitting a 3-pointer with 2:55 left in the half to cut the Spartans lead to two, 23-21.
Kelly again stepped up to hit a pair of 3-pointers to help Queensbury build its lead back to eight, 33-25, before James Scholl delivered on a three-point play and Goodwin launched a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from just over half court to send the teams into the break with the Dragons trailing by two, 33-31.
"I think we were trying to find a continuity that was going to work best against their defense that gave us fits, especially in the first quarter," Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. "We were looking for some movement that was going to create some open shots. It was a matter of us finding the right offense to run against their defense."
Peltz opened the second half with a 3-pointer, but the Dragons used 3-pointers from Johnston and Barnhill to stay within striking distance.
With 4:28 left in the third quarter, Gloversville took its first lead of the game, when Barceem Dukes hit on back-to-back baskets in the low post to give the Dragons a 43-42 lead.
Goodwin, Zech Brown and Barnhill hit consecutive baskets to build Gloversville advantage to 49-42. However, the Spartans again stepped back behind the arc to get back in the game. Kelly and Troelstra delivered unanswered 3-pointers to take Gloversville's lead down to one, 49-48, before Barnhill drove the lane to beat the clock with a lay up and give Gloversville a 51-48 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Troelstra hit a pair of 3-pointers midway through the fourth quarter to give the Spartans a 55-53 lead before Goodwin put back an offensive rebound to tie the game at 55 with 5:05 left in regulation.
Gloversville retook the lead 60-59 on Barnhill's 3-pointer with 2:50, remaining but Kelly converted a pair of free throws to put Queensbury back on top 61-60.
Joe Marasco gave the Spartans a 63-60 lead with his basket in the low post, before Johnston hit a deep 3-pointer to tie the game at 63 with 35 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Dragons got a final shot at winning the game in regulation when Goodwin tipped a pass headed to the low post that Barnhill grabbed and raced upcourt before being fouled, giving Gloversville an inbound play near mid-court with six seconds remaining.
The initial play was knocked out of play setting up a second opportunity. Barnhill put the ball in play with a long throw to Brown that was tipped by Kelly. Brown recovered the ball but his long shot came up short, sending the game into overtime.
Kelly and Johnston exchanged 3-pointers early in the four minute overtime period and Gloversville appeared to take the lead when Goodwin drove the lane for a basket. However, the basket was waved off and Goodwin was called for charging.
Peltz forced the issue, driving the lane and drawing a foul that sent him to the line in a one-and-one situation. Peltz hit the first and missed the second opportunity to give Queensbury a one point lead with 35 seconds left to play.
After misses by both teams, Goodwin grabbed a defensive rebound and sent a pass forward to Barnhill. With the Spartans pressuring Barnhill, LeFever signaled for a full time out with 19 seconds left on the clock.
On the ensuing play, Gloversville got the ball in cleanly and into the hands of Barnhill who was open on the left side behind the arc. Barnhill's shot hit off the rim and Peltz grabbed the rebound and as immediately fouled. He responded with two successful free throws with two seconds remaining to lock up the 69-66 victory.
"Absolutely," LeFever said when asked it Barnhill had the green light to shoot the three. "We drew up the play so he would come off the stagger since we anticipated them switching. We had been running that play and getting a decent look. If he didn't have a look, he was going to throw it into Hunter and post up. He had the green light and it almost went down."
Queensbury hit 11 3-pointers in the game and was led in scoring by Peltz who finished with 24 points and five assists. Kelly hit six 3-pointers en route to a 22 point performance and Troelstra had three 3-pointers for nine points.
"I think the momentum changer for us tonight was definitely Andrew Homkey taking three charges in crucial moments," Fraser said. "We don't walk out of here tonight without that. It is hard to ask any player to do that three times in one game."
Barnhill finished with 18 points and five rebounds for the Dragons, while Goodwin had 16 points and seven rebounds and Johnston hit three 3-pointers in his 11-point, four-rebound effort. Dukes added eight points and eight rebounds, while Brown finished with five points and five assists.
"Our kids kept battling, especially after being down early," LeFever said. "[Queensbury] knocked down some quality shots early and got some big stops. We knew that Peltz could shoot it as well as Kelly so we concentrated on them early. Then [Adam Troelstra] came in and knocked down some big shots for them. We need to get better at the little things and take better care of the ball. I thought we attacked the basket well at times and got contributions from everyone. I think if we can continue to get contributions from all five guys on the floor, we are going to be a tough team to defend."
Gloversville (2-3 overall, 2-2 Foothills) will host Fonda-Fultonville in the opening round of its annual Holiday Tournament Thursday. Mekeel Christian and Amsterdam will tip off in the first game at 6 p.m. Thursday with the winners playing in the championship game 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Queensbury 69, Gloversville 66, OT
Queensbury12 21 15 15 6 - 69
Gloversville7 24 20 12 3 - 66
Kelly 7-2-22, Moses 1-0-2, Peltz 7-8-24, Homkey 1-2-4, Troelstra 3-0-9, Marasco 4-0-8. Totals: 23-12-69.
Brown 2-0-5, Barnhill 8-0-18, Dukes 4-0-8, Smith 2-1-5, Goodwin 7-1-16, Johnston 4-0-11, Scholl 1-1-3. Totals: 28-3-66.
3-point goals: Queensbury 11 (Troy Kelly 6, Adam Troelstra 3, Charles Peltz 2); Gloversville 7 (Kevin Johnston 3, Asa Barnhill 2, Zech Brown, Hunter Goodwin).