JOHNSTOWN - With Gloversville's Hunter Goodwin and Barceem Dukes in foul trouble, the Johnstown Sir Bills were able to keep up.
But when they came back in the second half, the Huskies pulled away as Goodwin teamed with Kevin Johnston in the third quarter to pull away to a 54-44 Foothills Council win Tuesday night at Johnstown High School.
"We were looking for a good run at the beginning of the third quarter," Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. "At halftime, we talked about taking care of the ball and trying to push the ball up the floor to create some easy opportunities."
Gloversville’s Asa Barnhill battles with Johnstown’s Jerry Groom and Ryan Auty for possession during Tuesday’s Foothills Council boys basketball game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
Goodwin spent most of the first half on the bench after two quick charging fouls in the first quarter and Dukes had picked up three personals by the middle of the second quarter.
"The reality is once their bigs got in foul trouble, we were able to stick around," Johnstown coach Scott Hale said. "When we came into the second half, they were just too physical and strong for us and were getting too many opportunities."
Goodwin and Dukes returned in the third quarter with the Dragons leading 20-19. After Dukes grabbed a rebound, Johnston was fouled and hit a free throw. Then, Goodwin hit two, grabbed a rebound before scoring his first basket of the quarter.
"I definitely hurt our team a little bit when I was out," Goodwin said. "But you've got to play smart all together as a team and we just pulled through."
Goodwin had given the Dragons a six-point lead with 5:39 remaining, but Johnston rebounded a Johnstown miss and knocked down a 3-pointer to give Gloversville a 28-19 lead with 5:09 to go in the quarter.
"We just needed to come out and get some stops and obviously just get out and push the ball," Johnston said. "We pushed the ball well. We had layup after layup."
Goodwin scored two more baskets in the quarter on putbacks. Goodwin had six rebounds in the third quarter and Johnston had five in the quarter
"It was all teamwork," Goodwin said. "We moved the ball well and it opened up good opportunities for different people. We really wanted to focus on crashing the boards and that's where we got a lot of those points from."
Hale said once they re-entered the game in the second half, Goodwin and Dukes created matchup problems for the Sir Bills.
"Goodwin and Dukes are both very strong underneath," he said. "There were a couple of possessions where our average height was probably about 5-foot-9. You've got a couple big guys tired and they have to come out, we don't have any height to go to. We've had those struggles all year where we're trying to match up with teams down low."
Goodwin led the Dragons (6-7 overall, 5-5 Foothills Council) with a game-high 12 points. He also had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Johnston had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Dukes scored 11 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter.
"We had great balance tonight and that's what we're going to need down the stretch as we get close to sectionals," LeFever said. "I thought we got great contributions from guys off the bench tonight. This was a good game for us."
Jamal Vazquez led the Sir Bills (2-12 overall, 1-9 Foothills Council) with 11 points and Jonathan Heroth scored 10 points.
"We had our moments, but we can't figure out how to play 32 minutes of basketball," Hale said.
Johnstown will visit Hudson alls on Thursday while the Dragons will look to keep things going Thursday night against Queensbury.
"We need to continue our mini-roll," LeFever said.
Gloversville 54, Johnstown 44
Gloversville9 11 19 15 - 54
Johnstown8 11 9 16 - 44
Goodwin 4-4-12, Johnston 4-1-11, Barnhill 1-0-2, Scholl 0-1-1, Dukes 4-3-11, Rockefeller 1-0-3, Brown 4-0-8, Arnold 2-1-6. Totals: 20-10-54.
Everest 1-0-2, Groom 2-0-5, Vazquez 3-3-11, Heroth 4-2-10, Mitchell 1-1-3, Adam Caputo 0-1-1, Auty 1-1-4, Szurek 2-0-6, Brown 1-0-2. Totals: 15-8-44.
3-point goals: Gloversville 4 (Rockefeller, Johnston 2, Arnold); Johnstown 6 (Groom, Vazquez 2, Auty, Szurek 2).