GLOVERSVILLE - Playing for the first time this season on their home court, the Gloversville Dragons wanted to make a good impression on their fans.
The Dragons put their perimeter shooting game on display, draining 11 3-pointers en route to over powering Glens Falls 77-52 Wednesday night at Gloversville High School.
"This could be a special group," Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. "I spoke to the guys before tonight and said this was a statement game. We needed to send a message to the rest of the teams in the league of how good we are. I thought our kids stepped up to the challenge. It is just one more step in the right direction."
Gloversville’s Asa Barnhill shoots over Glens Falls’ Caleb Canty (11) for two of his game-high 19 points Wednesday in Foothills Council action at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
With the victory and the majority of the league waiting to play postponed games, Gloversville holds first place in the Foothills Council standings with a 2-0 record and 3-0 overall. Hudson Falls and Scotia-Glenville are both 1-0 in the league and had their game postponed Wednesday due to weather, and will be rescheduled.
James Scholl got Gloversville off to a fast start hitting the first of the Dragons' 11 3-pointers just over a minute into the game. Asa Barnhill also hit a three in the opening period to build Gloversville's advantage to 12-6 before Glens Falls fought back to cut the lead to 15-12 at the end of the period.
Gloversville turned up the defensive pressure in the second period forcing turnovers and when the Indians did get off a shot, they were limited to one attempt as the Dragons controlled the boards on both ends of the floor.
Meanwhile, the Dragons perimeter game stayed hot with Keyshawn Arnold hitting a pair of treys to go with Barnhill's second of the game and one from Quantel McGee to help Gloversville carry a 41-22 lead into the locker room at the break.
"I thought in the first quarter we tried pressing them with our run-and-jump and our little trap but they seemed to break it down and got some easy fast break lay ups," LeFever said. "We went to our halfcourt man defense and I thought we defended well, limited them to one shot and got out and ran."
Gloversville opened the second half on a 16-2 run and extended its advantage to 57-24 before Glens Falls closed out the period with a 5-1 spurt to send the game into the final eight minutes with Gloversville in command 58-31.
With the reserves logging most of the fourth-quarter court time, the Dragons maintained their advantage to notch the 77-52 league win.
Jordan Green and Caleb Canty shared high-scorer honors for Glens Falls (2-2 overall, 1-1 Foothills), with nine points apiece, while Alexander Wright pulled down seven rebounds to go with eight points.
Barnhill led a trio of double-digit scorers for Gloversville (3-0 overall, 2-0 Foothills) with 19 points and eight rebounds. Arnold had 16 points, while Goodwin finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Gloversville will return to Foothills Council action Friday night when they travel to take on inter-city rival Johnstown.
The Sir Bills (2-1 overall, 0-1 Foothills) will play at South Glens Falls tonight in a league game that was postponed Wednesday.
"Friday is going to be tough because it is a rivalry game and they are a tough team," LeFever said. "We are going to have to come out ready to play."
Gloversville 77, Glens Falls 52
Glens Falls12 10 9 21 - 52
Gloversville15 26 17 19 - 77
Balcom 2-0-5, Sax 1-0-2, Gibson 2-0-4, Canty 4-1-9, Wooley 1-4-6, Green 2-5-9, Schlift 2-0-6, Williams 1-1-3, Wright 3-2-8. Totals: 18-13-52.
Scholl 2-2-8, Barnhill 7-2-19, McGee 4-0-9, Dukes 2-1-5, Goodwin 5-0-10, Arnold 6-1-16, Henley 1-0-3, Suchy 2-0-4, Roy 1-0-3. totals: 30-6-77.
3-point goals: Glens Falls 3 (Colman Schlift 2, Dylan Balcom); Gloversville 11 (Asa Barnhill 3, Keyshawn Arnold 3, James Scholl 2, Quantel McGee, Mike Henley, Ryan Roy).