GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Dragons and Columbia Prep Lions entered Sunday's game a combined 11-0. Gloversville's undefeated start to the season will continue as the Dragons steamrolled the Lions 103-70 in the first round of the Coach Kobuskie Holiday Tournament at Gloversville High School.
Four players poured in double-digit points for the Dragons (6-0) on their way to eclipsing the century mark.
In a classic run-and-gun-style game, the Dragons were able to get to the basket with absolute ease. Gloversville scored 25 points in the first quarter, led by Barceem Dukes and Asa Barnhill, who combined for 17. Dukes' powerful frame was too much for Columbia Prep (6-1) all game. The senior was active on the boards and scored a team-high 15 first- half points before finishing with 20.
Gloversville’s Keyshawn Arnold (24) puts up a jump shot over Columbia Preps’ Andrew Becil during the opening-round game of the Coach K Holiday Tournament at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Keyshawn Arnold slammed one home out of a fast break for the Dragons early in the second, but it was Hunter Goodwin who took over in the frame. Goodwin tallied 12 in the quarter, including an old-fashioned three-point play that put Gloversville up 34-19.
The Lions' defense applied either a full-court press or a half-court trap for much of the game, but Gloversville easily tore through the defense and found guys open for easy layups.
"We knew they were an up-tempo team, and I anticipated them pressing us," said Gloversville head coach Mark LeFever. "I thought our boys did a good job seeing each other and making good passes and ending up with some easy finishes at the other end."
While Gloversville found success down low, Columbia Prep lived and died by the three-point shot Sunday. Of their 26 field goals, 11 of them came from beyond the arc. The Lions knocked down three from downtown in the second quarter, which was their best offensive quarter of the contest.
Gloversville took a 53-37 lead into the locker room, but a 9-0 run out of the break gave them a 25-point lead. Matt Fishman and Isaac Shapot hit back-to-back triples for Columbia Prep midway through the quarter, but Gloversville finished it on a 19-6 run.
Aside from a floater by Barnhill to kick off the quarter and a three by Quantel McGee, every field goal for the Dragons came in the form of a layup as they outscored the Lions 30-12.
"We got out and ran," said LeFever. "A lot of points are going to be scored when everybody is pushing and everybody is pressing."
After extending their lead to 40 points early in the final quarter, LeFever dug deep into his bench to close out the win. The Lions knocked down four from downtown in the quarter, but Gloversville's Ryan Roy sank three corner threes of his own to keep pace.
While the Dragons bested their season scoring average by more than 37 points, the 70 they gave up were also a season high.
"That was a point of emphasis at halftime - trying to do a better job in the half-court, contest a little bit more, not give them second-chance opportunities, just get in the gaps and look to help early," said LeFever. "Overall, I think with the tempo of the game, we did a pretty good job defensively, but we have to get better defensively, there's no doubt about it."
Columbia Prep head coach and Gloversville alumni Ryan Pettit brought his team up from New York City for the holiday tournament.
Goodwin led Gloversville with 24 points, while Barnhill and Arnold joined Goodwin and Dukes scoring in double figures with 20 and 19, respectively.
Fishman scored 15 for the Lions while 11 others tallied points.
Gloversville will take on Mekeel Christian, which defeated Amsterdam on Saturday, today at 3 p.m. for the Coach K tournament title. In the consolation game at 1:30 p.m., Columbia Prep will take on the Rams.
Gloversville 103, Columbia Prep 70
Gloversville25 28 30 20 - 103
Columbia Prep14 23 12 21 - 70
Goodwin 11-2-24, Barnhill 10-1-21, Dukes 9-2-20, Arnold 8-1-19, Roy 3-0-9, McGee 3-0-7, Henley 1-0-2, Scholl 0-1-1. Totals 45-7-103.
Fishman 5-2-15, Godnick 4-0-8, Becil 3-0-7, Taubenfeld 2-2-7, Tucker 3-0-7, Shapot 2-0-6, Togut 2-0-5, Coles 1-1-4, Grant 1-2-4, Peter 1-0-3, Schottenfeld 1-0-2, Zarka 1-0-2. Totals 26-7-70.
3-point-goals: Gloversville 6 (Roy 3, Arnold 2, McGee); Columbia Prep 11 (Fishman 3, Shapot 2, Becil, Tucker, Togut, Taubenfeld, Coles, Peter)