BROADALBIN - A two-day break did not hurt the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots.
With Ryan Dingman leading the way with 18 first-half points, the Patriots picked up where they left off on Wednesday's opening night of the Foothills/Colonial Council basketball challenge to defeat Fonda-Fultonville 57-40 Saturday at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
"We were able to take off from where we left off Wednesday night," Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. "We were able to get out and run, push the ball and get some good open looks. Then it came halftime and the game slowed down a bit for us and we were tired as well. We couldn't press as much and it became a half-court battle and it got pretty ugly."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Preston Taylor (5) and Fonda-Fultonville’s Luke Calkins (1) scramble for a loose ball during the Foothills/Colonial Council Challenge Saturday at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Johnstown’s Austin Riska (34) drives to the hoop against Cobleskill-Richmondville’s Brad Koeberle (33) during the Foothills/Colonial Council Challenge Saturday at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Dingman opened Saturday's game by scoring the first seven points of the game for B-P, while Mace Madore kept Fonda-Fultonville in the hunt with 10 of the Braves' 12 first-quarter points. However, Madore also picked up three personal fouls in the opening period and spent the remainder of the half on the bench.
Dingman kept his hot hand, hitting five more first-quarter points to help the Patriots build an 18-12 advantage.
The Patriots opened the second quarter with Dingman, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in a 13-3 run to help extend their lead to 41-22 at the intermission.
"It was disappointing," Fonda-Fultonville coach Eric Wilson said of his team's first-half performance. "We came out and played lethargic. We played hard but there is a difference between playing hard and playing with energy and enthusiasm. They got after it but there was a big difference between tonight and Wednesday night. You do that against a good team like Broadalbin and the scoreboard is going to reflect that."
The Braves showed the energy Wilson was looking for early in the third period.
Sparked by a pair of 3-pointers from Zach Valachovic and one from Kevin Myers, the Braves went on a 12-2 run to cut the Patriots' lead from 19 to 9.
The Patriots got momentum back on their side with a quick break off a defensive rebound that resulted in a 3-pointer from Connor Pingitore to put the lead back to double-digits 46-34.
"I was proud of the kids and I thought for about a five-minute stretch we played with that energy and enthusiasm I talked about," Wilson said. "Now we got the game cut to nine and had an opportunity on an offensive rebound, but they outtoughed us on it and went down and hit a 3. That was a backbreaker, and they got the momentum right back."
The Patriots maintained their advantage through the final eight minutes to lock up the 57-40 victory.
"We came out [in the third quarter] and were taking jump shots right away and not attacking the basket," Gifford said. "So we got outrun. Then in the fourth quarter, we were able to get out in transition. Also, they went to a zone in the third quarter and that slowed us down."
Dingman finished the game with a game-high of 20 points, while Andre Taylor hit for 13.
Madore led the Braves with 13 points, while Will Turner, who hit a double-double of 20 points and 23 rebounds Wednesday, was held to nine points.
"Obviously, he [Turner] is the big man for them," Gifford said. "Even the looks he got were difficult and we put him in situations where we were going to be doubling and not make it easy for him. I don't think he touched the ball much in the first half, which is a good thing because once he gets going, he really gets going. I think we just made it tough for him tonight."
Broadalbin-Perth (2-0) will continue with tournament play when they compete in the Tartan Basketball Tournament at Scotia-Glenville High School on Monday and Wednesday.
Fonda-Fultonville (0-2) will open its Colonial Council season Friday at home against Watervliet.
Johnstown 51, Cobleskill-Richmondville 40
BROADALBIN - The Johnstown Sir Bills already equaled their win total from last season, picking up their second win of the year on the second day of the Foothills/Colonial Council Challenge boys basketball tournament.
Jamal Vazquez paced the Sir Bills with 18 points including four 3-pointers, while Austin Riska had his second16-point game of the tournament.
Johnstown (2-0) will be off until Dec. 13 when it will host Scotia-Glenville in its Foothills Council opener.
Broadalbin-Perth 57, Fonda-Fultonville 40
Fonda-Fultonville12 10 14 4 - 40
Broadalbin-Perth18 22 7 9 - 57
Calkins 2-0-4, Myers 2-0-6, Valachovic 2-2-8, Madore 6-1-13, Turner 4-0-9. Totals: 16-3-40.
Coveney 3-1-7, Dingman 8-0-20, Pingitore 2-1-6, A. Taylor 4-4-13, P. Taylor 1-2-4, VanBrocklin 2-2-7. Totals: 20-10-57.
3-point goals: Fonda-Fultonville 5 (Ken Myers 2, Zach Valachovic 2, Will Turner); Broadalbin-Perth 7 (Ryan Dingman 4, Connor Pingitore, Andre Taylor, Robbie VanBrocklin).
Johnstown 51, Cobleskill-Richmondville 40
Johnstown9 12 18 12 - 51
Cobleskill-Richmondville10 9 14 7 - 40
Mitchell 3-0-7, Vazquez 6-2-18, Caputo 1-0-2, Heroth 3-2-8, Riska 6-4-16. totals: 19-6-51.
Haskin 1-0-2, Romain 0-1-1, Tusang 1-0-3, Bird 1-3-5, McCarthy 0-1-1, Benton 1-2-4, Loder 5-2-15, Koeberle 2-4-9. Totals: 11-13-40.
3-point goals: Johnstown 5 (Jamal Vazquez 4, Ricky Mitchell); Cobleskill-Richmondville 5 (Keenan Loder 3, Brad Koeberle, Josh Tusang).