BROADALBIN - There would be no buzzer-beater this time.
Andre Taylor saw to that.
The junior guard put the Patriots on his shoulders in the first quarter, scoring 12 of the Patriots' 20 first-quarter points and the South Glens Falls Bulldogs never challenged the lead in a 62-40 rout by Broadalbin-Perth.
Broadalbin-Perth's Andre Taylor drives to the basket past the defense of South Glens Falls' Justin Ducey during Thursday's Foothills Council boys basketball game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
"My coach told me to be more aggressive because I'm usually passive in the first quarter," Taylor said. "I just wanted to take it to the hole and if I wasn't making it, I would just pass it off, but it was going in."
Taylor's aggressiveness paid off as he finished the game with 18 points and at one point scored eight straight points for the Patriots.
He opened the game with a layup and after Mark Sylvia and Ben Bellandi scored to give Broadalbin-Perth a 6-0 lead, Taylor knocked down another layup to make it 8-0 before the Bulldogs' Justin Ducey knocked down a pair of free throws to put South Glens Falls on the board with 4:56 left in the first quarter.
"We knew we needed to come out strong because obviously they are top 3 in the Foothills," Taylor said. "If we didn't come out strong and we got ourselves in a hole, there was no way we were going to come back."
However, it was the Bulldogs who were falling into a hole as Taylor scored three straight baskets over the next 41 seconds, helping Broadalbin-Perth build a 14-2 lead.
"We talked a lot about that lately, getting out to a good start and finishing the game off," Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. "We've been waiting for it all season. The consistency from the first quarter to the fourth quarter was spot on. I think we grew up a little bit tonight."
The Bulldogs put together a small run to finish the first quarter but trailed 20-8 after the first eight minutes. By halftime, the Patriots (7-10 overall, 5-8 Foothills Council), invoking memories of a recent loss to Queensbury where the Patriots led at the half and lost the lead late.
"We had to finish more and pass the ball around," Taylor said."We had to keep the lead. Against Queensbury a few weeks ago, we went into halftime up by 13 and we blew the lead. We knew we had to keep the lead."
The Bulldogs closed the gap to nine points, 30-21, with about 3 minutes to go in the first half on free throws by Rick Buser, but Preston Taylor, who scored 11 points, got the 3-pointer the Patriots needed, resetting the lead to 12 points, and the Patriots took a 37-23 lead into the locker room.
"The biggest thing is to finish and do the right things the whole night," Gifford said. "I thought defensively we came up with stops when we needed them and rebounds and took care of the ball on the other end. We got a good look every time."
No one was getting better looks in the fourth quarter than sophomore guard Robbie Van Brocklin, who knocked down two fourth-quarter 3-pointers on his way to 10 points.
"I thought everybody stepped up," Gifford said. "Robbie Van Brocklin made some big shots in the fourth quarter. Preston Taylor was on the point the whole night. We just moved the ball and we were unselfish."
South Glens Falls coach Al Vasak said the Bulldogs (9-8 overall, 8-5 Foothills Council) traditionally get off to a small start in the Patriots' gym.
By the time Ducey knocked down a pair of free throws, the Patriots already were leading 8-0.
"They got to the body first," Vasak said. "That's it. The Foothills is a very tough league and if you don't get on the boards, every team is very good in the rebounding area from top-to-bottom no matter what the records are. They were better tonight."
Thursday night, Gifford got the performance he wants from his team heading into Section II Class B Tournament play.
"We had to make a statement," Andre Taylor said. "Last time, everybody was like, 'oh they're better than you.' We knew we could win that game. We had to make a statement and come out big."
Broadalbin-Perth 62, South Glens Falls 40
South Glens Falls8 15 9 8 40
Broadalbin-Perth20 17 9 16 62
South Glens Falls
Ducey 5-4-14, Lane 1-0-2, VanDixhorn 3-1-8, Buser 2-3-7, Hay 1-2-4, Stewart 0-3-3, Ramsey 1-0-2. Totals: 13-13-40.
A. Taylor 8-1-18, Sylvia 1-0-2, Bellandi 2-0-4, Bochenek 3-0-7, P. Taylor 4-2-11,Natoli 5-0-10, VanBrocklin 4-0-10. Totals: 27-3-62.
3-point goals: South Glens Falls 1 (Stewart); Broadalbin-Perth 5 (A. Taylor, Bochenek, VanBrocklin 2, P. Taylor).
QUEENSBURY -The Spartans jumped out to a 33-10 halftime lead and cruised to victory in Thursday's Foothills Council game.
Queensbury received balanced scoring among 12 players with Alston Moses leading the way with 11 points and Joseph Marasco scoring 10.
Austin Riska led the Sir Bills with eight points, while Jon Heroth added six.
The Sir Bills will close out their regular season schedule at home Monday against Glens Falls.
Queensbury 65, Johnstown 29
Johnstown6 4 9 10 - 29
Queensbury13 20 13 19 - 65
Brown 1-0-2, Heroth 3-0-6, Hill 0-1-1, Hornidge 2-0-4, Riska 2-4-8, Szurek 0-3-3, Vasquez 2-1-5. Totals: 10-9-29.
Bolen 1-0-2, Daley 4-0-9, Homkey 2-1-5, Kelly 3-0-7, Marasco 3-4-10, Minott 0-1-1, Moses 5-0-11, O'Leary 2-0-4, Peltz 1-1-4, Switzer 1-0-2, Troelstra 3-0-6, Voorhis 2-0-4. Totals: 27-7-65.
3-point goals: Johnstown none; Queensbury 4 (Daley, Kelly, Moses, Peltz).
Hudson Falls 31
HUDSON FALLS -Gloversville's Asa Barnhill connected for a pair of 3-pointers en route to his game-high 14 points Thursday night.
Barnhill was joined in double-digits by the Dragons' Barceem Dukes and Hunter Goodwin who had 10 points apiece, while James Scholl hit three 3-pointers for his nine points.
Gloversville broke open a close game, outscoring the Tigers 23-2 in the third quarter.
Gloversville 56, Hudson Falls 31
Gloversville12 8 23 13 - 56
Hudson Falls10 7 2 12 - 31
K. Arnold 1-0-2, S. Arnold 0-1-1, Barnhill 4-4-14, Brown 2-0-4, Dukes 4-0-10, Goodwin 5-0-10, Johnston 1-0-2, Mustafa 1-0-2, Rockefeller 1-0-2, Scholl 3-0-9. Totals: 22-7-56.
Connolly 1-0-2, Gorham 0-2-2, Henkel 2-3-8, Heym 1-0-2, Hogan 2-1-5, Mulvey 1-1-4, Strong 2-0-4, West 1-0-2, Winchell 1-0-2. Totals: 11-7-31.
3-point goals: Gloversville 5 (Scholl 3, Barnhill 2); Hudson Falls 2 (Henkel, Mulvey).