BROADALBIN - The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots got 27 points from Andre Taylor but dropped a 65-60 decision to the Queensbury Spartans in a Foothills Council boys basketball matchup at Broadalbin-Perth High School Wednesday.
The senior guard scored 17 points in the first half but the Patriots (2-3) were outworked underneath the basket.
Taylor scored Broadalbin-Perth's first five points of the game, but Adam Troelstra scored six quick points for Queensbury (1-2) including a 3-pointer to give the Spartans a 10-5 lead. Back-to-back Spartan turnovers gave Broadalbin-Perth a chance to regain the lead, which they did when Ryan Dingman drilled his first of five three-pointers. Dingman finished with 15 points in the game, all from beyond the arc.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Andre Taylor goes up for a shot during Wednesday’s Foothills Council game against Queensbury at Broadalbin-Perth High?School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun?Anich)
Jonathan Dennett made two layups, including one at the buzzer, to give Queensbury a 16-14 lead heading into the second quarter.
Keeghan O'Leary had a huge second frame for the Spartans. The 6'5'' O'Leary muscled his way to the basket for 10 points in the quarter and anchored Queensbury's rebounding corps. The Spartans' offensive rebounding prowess gave them numerous second chances and allowed them to maintain a lead despite a surging Taylor. Taylor knocked down two 3-pointers in the quarter and led the Patriots with eight more points but the Spartans held a five-point lead entering halftime.
The Patriots played their best defensive quarter of the game in the third, holding Queensbury to just nine points. Dingman hit two 3-pointers to start the quarter for Broadalbin-Perth. Queensbury's tenacity on the boards was evident with five minutes remaining in the quarter as they registered two offensive rebounds and took three shots in one possession.
Trailing by two, Liam Floyd made his only basket of the game for Broadalbin-Perth. The jumper tied the game at 41.
Connor Pingitore kicked off the fourth quarter with a layup that gave Broadalbin-Perth their first lead of the game since 14-12. The basket gave the Patriots a 45-44 advantage. The teams traded baskets throughout the quarter but it was Queensbury who got big 3-pointers when they needed them. Tim Voorhis tied the game at 50 with a three and Eric Daley put Queensbury up 59-57 after answering another Dingman three with one of his own. Taylor had a chance to tie the game at 59 but made only one of two from the line.
Voorhis drove through an open lane for a layup and Queensbury sank free throws down the stretch to secure their first win of the season.
Taylor led all scorers with 27 points. Troelstra finished with 15 and O'Leary finished with 14 for Queensbury. Both teams converted 15 shots from the charity stripe.
The Patriots will travel to Scotia for their first of two regular-season matchups against the Tartans tomorrow at 7:30. The Spartans will look to build a win streak on the road against Hudson Falls.
Queensbury 65, Broadalbin-Perth 60
Queensbury16 19 9 21 - 65
Broadalbin-Perth14 16 13 17 - 60
Troelstra 4-5-15, O'Leary 5-4-14, Switzer 3-3-9, Voorhis 4-0-9, Daley 3-0-7, Dennett 2-0-4, Minott 2-0-4, Marasco 0-2-2, Rodriguez 0-1-1. Totals 23-15-65.
A. Taylor 8-9-27, Dingman 5-0-15, Hartz 1-5-7, Pingitore 1-1-3, Coveney 1-0-2, Floyd 1-0-2, Natoli 1-0-2, Van Brocklin 1-0-2. Totals 19-15-60.
3-point goals: Queensbury 4 (Troelstra 2, Daley, Voorhis); Broadalbin-Perth 7 (Dingman 5, A. Taylor 2)