BROADALBIN - For the majority of Tuesday's Foothills Council basketball game, the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots kept the Gloversville Dragons behind them on the scoreboard.
The Patriots trailed only briefly at the start of the game and were tied for one possession in the third quarter.
However, the Dragons fought back and after a exchanging leads with the Patriots 11 times in the fourth quarter, took the lead for good on an Asa Barnhill 3-pointer with 90 seconds remaining to escape the B-P gym with a 51-44 victory.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Zach Newfrock (33) knocks a rebound away from Gloversville’s Keyshawn Arnold (24) during Tuesday’s Foothills Council game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
It is the second-straight league game in which Broadalbin-Perth had led late only to come up short at the final buzzer.
"The problem right now is, for whatever reason, we have not been able to finish a game off," Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. "We played very well for 30 minutes back and forth only to not finish that game off in the final two minutes. There are things we could do better like rebounding the ball, not turning the ball over or getting a good look at the basket. Right now we just need to learn how to finish off a tight win."
For Gloversville, the victory marks the first time this season it has put together back-to-back victories.
"We played man-to-man about 99 percent of the time tonight and tried not to let [Ben] Bellandi beat us," Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. "It was a tight, intense game from start to finish - a typical Gloversville-Broadalbin-Perth game lately."
Powered by a six-point first-quarter scoring effort by Bellandi and a 3-pointer from Preston Taylor, Broadalbin-Perth jumped out to a 13-8 lead.
The Dragons shut down Bellandi and Taylor in the second quarter, but the Chris Natoli and Ryan Newfrock stepped up their games under the basket to limit Gloversville to one shot at the basket and open a seven-point advantage. Gloversville rallied late in the period and on Chris Rockefeller's basket late in the period, trimmed the Patriots lead down to three, 21-18, at the break.
"We came out a little flat in the first half then we talked at halftime about the passion, energy and intensity that is Gloversville basketball," LeFever said.
The Dragons went on a 5-2 run to open the third quarter and tie the game at 23 just 2:14 into the second half.
Gifford called a quick time out to settle his team down and they responded with a three-point play by Bellandi and a layup off a steal by Luigi Magliocca to take the lead back to five, 28-23.
Barnhill and Hunter Goodwin hit consecutive baskets for Gloversville to trim the lead to one before Bellandi converted a pair of free throws for a 30-27 lead.
Barnhill tied the game at 30 with his three-point play with 1:33 left in the period, but Bellandi closed out the third period scoring with a layup off an inbound play under the Patriots' basket to give B-P a 32-30 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Gloversville tied the game at 32 in the opening seconds with Corin Smith's basket and took the lead briefly on Keyshawn Arnold's put back with 6:54 left to play.
Natoli responded for Broadalbin-Perth with a put back on the offensive board to tie the game.
Over the next five minutes, the teams swapped leads eight times before the Dragons got a key 3-pointer from Barnhill to give them a 45-43 lead with 1:30 left on the clock.
Kevin Johnston pulled up and connected on a mid-range jump shot to Gloversville a little cushion 47-43 with one minute to play.
The Patriots came up empty on their next possessions and were forced to foul in order to get the ball back. Gloversville responded at the free-throw line with Johnston and Barceem Dukes both going 2-for-2, while the Patriots narrowly missed on a pair of 3-point attempts from Bellandi and Preston Taylor in the closing seconds as the clock ran out of the Dragons' 51-44 victory.
"Asa hit a big shot for us with that 3-pointer," LeFever said. "Chris Rockefeller and Keyshawn Arnold again gave us quality minutes off the bench. We shot well from the foul line tonight, which has been a weak spot for us this season."
Gloversville converted on 15-of-19 free throws in the game including an 8-for-8 effort in the fourth quarter.
Barnhill led the all scorers with 16 points, while Goodwin added nine and Johnstown seven.
Bellandi led the Patriots with 15 points, while Natoli also finished in double-digits with 10. Preston Taylor added seven points and Preston Taylor contributed six points to the B-P scoring.
"The good side is that we are right there. But at the same time we have not taken that next step forward," Gifford said. "We have been working with different line ups and we are getting there. They were physical under the basket tonight but I think we are still learning. We have about a month left before sectionals to figure it out."
Broadalbin-Perth will take to the road Thursday to face Hudson Falls for the first time this season, while Gloversville will host South Glens Falls on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Gloversville 51, Broadalbin-Perth 44
Gloversville8 10 12 21 - 51
Broadalbin-Perth13 8 11 12 - 44
K. Arnold 1-1-3, Barnhill 7-1-16, Dukes 2-4-8, Goodwin 3-3-9, Johnston 2-2-7, Rockefeller 1-2-4, Smith 1-2-4. Totals: 17-15-51.
Bellandi 6-3-15, Bochenek 1-0-2, Magliocca 1-0-2, Natoli 5-0-10, R. Newfrock 1-0-2, A. Taylor 2-2-6, P. Taylor 2-1-7. Totals: 18-6-44.
3-point goals: Gloversville 2 (Barnhill, Johnston); Broadalbin-Perth 2 (P. Taylor 2).