ST. JOHNSVILLE - After a lethargic start, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville coach Jason Brundage called a time out and switched up the Wolfpack's defense.
Employing a full-court press against Galway sparked the OESJ offense, especially Dylan Klock.
Klock nailed eight points in a 30-second span off turnovers and continued to have the hot hand, nailing six 3-pointers in a 28-point performance to lead OESJ to a 66-33 Western Athletic Conference North victory Monday night at Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville High School.
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Dylan Klock (11) drives past Galway’s Taylor Hartman (32) for two of his game-high 28 points during Western Athletic Conference North Division action Monday night at Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Kevin Blair (33) watches his shot fall through the net during Western Athletic Conference North Division action against Galway on Monday at Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"The main thing we did tonight that we didn't do the other night against Mayfield was we took advantage of what they gave us," Brundage said. "When they left Klock open he kept shooting. Against Mayfield [53-50 loss] he hit a pair of threes in the third quarter to take the lead and then it was four minutes before we went to him again. Then Payton [Johnson] made a couple of baseline jumpers on the back of their zone, then we didn't go to him again. We froze out our own players. Tonight when Klock got it going we kept giving it to him. Every night it could be somebody else who gets it going and it can change as the game gets going. We just need to realize it."
After helping to build a 13-7 lead, Klock continued his hot shooting in the second quarter, hitting three 3-pointers en route to scoring 15 of the Wolves' 24 second-quarter points to take a comfortable 37-17 point advantage into the locker room at the half.
When the Golden Eagles pushed out to slow Klock down in the third period, Kevin Blair, while playing with three fouls, stepped up his game on the inside to help extend the OESJ lead to 31, 53-22, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Wolfpack reserves made the most of their playing time in the final quarter, outscoring the Golden Eagles 13-11 to secure the victory.
Brundage praised Brad Smith and Matt Cook for their performances off the bench.
"I told Brad Smith for someone to take a charge in a 30-point game shows guts," he said. "That was good to see. Matt Cook gave us pretty good minutes in the second quarter when Blair sat down with fouls. Their big guy [Matt Mattice] had three points in that quarter and he had a lot to do with that."
Mattice finished the night with 16 points for Galway (0-6 overall, 0-3 WAC).
Klock, who sat out the fourth quarter, finished with 28 points, including six 3-pointers and four steals, while Blair had seven points and seven rebounds. Payton Johnson added nine points and Joey D'Antinito chipped in with eight points and Johnny Vicciarelli had five assists to go with five points.
The Wolfpack (3-2 overall, 2-1 WAC) will be tested in their next league games when they face Canajoharie and Saratoga Central Catholic.
"We are going into a tough stretch with Canjo and Spa and the Cutspec Tournament," Brundage said. "We are going to play hard I promise you that."
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 66, Galway 33
Galway7 10 5 11 - 33
Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville13 24 16 13 - 66
Z. Hartman 1-0-2, Diaz 1-2-4, Mattice 6-3-16, Flint 1-0-2, Bagwell 2-0-5, Goergen 1-0-3. Totals: 12-6-33.
Vicciarelli 2-0-5, Klock 11-0-28, Blair 3-1-7, Hart 1-0-2, Johnson 2-5-9, J. D'Antinito 3-2-8, Mayton 1-0-3, Cook 1-0-2, Case 1-0-2. Totals: 25-8-66.
3-point goals: Galway 3 (Goergen, Bagwell, Mattice); OESJ 8 (Klock 6, Mayton, Vicciarelli).