FONDA - Will Turner was hoping to find the Cobleskill-Richmondville Bulldogs in a man-to-man defense sometime during Tuesday's Colonial Council boys basketball game.
He got his wish early.
The Bulldogs opened the game in man-to-man and Fonda-Fultonville senior forward took full advantage pouring in 15 of his game-high 28 points to lead the Braves to a 69-38 victory over Cobleskill-Richmondville at Fonda-Fultonville High School.
Fonda-Fultonville’s Will Turner (22) drives past Cobleskill-Richmondville’s Keenan Loder as Brad Koeberle (33) and Mace Madore (5) look on during Tuesday’s Colonial Council game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"I was actually talking before the game and said I was hoping they go man and they did," Turner said. "They got out of it pretty quick. I think my matchup with them is pretty good. When they got into their zone it did slow us down a bit."
Braves' coach Eric Wilson said the quick start is what the team needed to notch their first win of the season.
"We needed this one," he said. "We have been confident, but in our first two games, we didn't get off to the best starts, and we didn't have a complete team. Last Friday we played as good as I thought we could defensively and rebounding. One thing we focused on in practice was being able to play a complete game at both ends of the court. I thought tonight we did. We got the ball to the right people in the right spots. I don't think we have been doing a great job of doing that but I think we did today."
Turner hit the Braves first basket of the night that was followed by field goals from Cam Ives and Mace Madore.
Then the 6-foot-7 forward went to work, scoring Fonda-Fultonville's next 13 points to give his team a 19-7 edge at the end of the opening period.
"We came out with a lot of energy, ran some pretty good stuff and found the mismatch," Wilson said. "Will is a tough matchup and when they went man-to-man we ran a couple of things and got him the ball and he shot the heck out of it tonight."
With the Bulldogs collapsing in Turner the Braves turned to the perimeter game and Russ Williams responded with a pair of 3-pointers and Kevin Myers added one to help Fonda-Fultonville, which averaged 39 points per game in its first three games this season, to a 40-22 halftime advantage. Turner finished the first half with 23 of the Braves' 40 points.
Wilson shuffled his line up throughout the second half with Ives, who missed the first two games of the season, doing most of the damage. Ives connected for 11 of his 13 points in the final two quarters.
"Cam is an extremely athletic player and can jump out of the gym," Turner said. "The first two games I had over 20 rebounds, now he's also getting the rebounds, and we work well together."
With the reserves on in the fourth quarter, the Braves closed out the game to improve their record to 1-3 overall and 1-1 against Colonial Council opponents.
Turner finished the night with a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds to go with six assists. Ives collected 13 points in a game that saw nine of the 10 players on the roster put points in the book.
Cobleskill-Richmondville (0-4 overall, 0-2 Colonial) was paced by Keenan Loder's 14-point effort, while Brad Koeberle added nine.
"Overall, I am proud of our effort," Wilson said. "The kids came in tonight focused and with a lot of energy and that is what we needed. We took a big step tonight."
Fonda-Fultonville will travel to play Schalmont on Friday in a Colonial Council matchup before heading to play Central Valley Academy (combined Ilion and Mohawk schools) on Saturday.
Fonda-Fultonville 69, Cobleskill-Richmondville 40
Cobleskill-Richmondville7 15 11 7 - 40
Fonda-Fultonville19 21 15 14 - 69
Wilson 1-0-2, Haskin 1-0-3, Bird 2-1-5, McCarthy 1-2-4, Benton 1-1-3, Loder 5-4-14, Koeberle 4-1-9. Totals: 15-9-40.
Calkins 1-0-2, Myers 1-0-3, Valachovic 1-0-3, Ives 6-1-13, Madore 4-0-8, Williams 2-0-6, Scofield 2-0-4, Turner 10-7-28, Yesse 1-0-2. Totals: 28-8-69.
3-point goals: Cobleskill-Richmondville 1 (Haskin); Fonda-Fultonville 5 (Williams 2, Myers, Valachovic, Turner).