BROADALBIN - The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots picked up their second Foothills Council win in as many contests Tuesday, fending off the Johnstown Sir Bills to log a 43-39 victory.
The Sir Bills (6-3 overall, 2-3 Foothills) were winners of three straight coming in, but got off to a lackluster start on the offensive end for a second straight game. After scoring 15 first-half points against Hudson Falls on Saturday, Johnstown managed just 17 in the first half Tuesday.
The Sir Bills got off to a good start, jumping out to a 7-2 lead on the strength of two buckets by Jon Heroth and a three-pointer by Jamal Vazquez. Point guard Andre Taylor helped bring the Patriots (5-4 overall, 2-3 Foothills) back quickly, knocking down a free throw and finding Liam Floyd down low for two points to bookend a layup by Jake Coveney. With the scored tied at seven, Taylor scored three straight to give Broadalbin-Perth a lead it would hold for most of the game.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Chris Natoli (33) attempts a shot over Johnstown’s Jon Heroth during Tuesday’s Foothills Council game. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
The Sir Bills struggled to score in the middle quarters, in part because of the Patriots' more physical presence under the basket. After Ryan Auty drilled a three off of a cross-court pass from Alec Hornidge midway through the second to bring the Sir Bills within one, the Patriots began to pull away. A combination of timely offensive rebounds and a flurry of Johnstown turnovers allowed Broadalbin-Perth to close the quarter with an eight-point burst.
The Patriots were unable to take advantage of Johnstown's continued offensive ineptitude in the third quarter. Johnstown scored just six points for the second straight quarter, but Broadalbin-Perth converted just one free throw with 1:47 remaining for their only point.
The Patriots were not without their chances in the frame. Johnstown's Ricky Mitchell was able to adjust a Taylor layup following a breakaway late in the quarter, but Broadalbin-Perth mainly suffered from a poor field goal percentage and an overall hesitancy to shoot.
They settled for wild drives at the end of the shot clock on multiple occasions in the third.
Vazquez banked in his second triple of the game to give Johnstown a brief 28-27 lead early in the fourth quarter, but a layup by Coveney and five straight points by Ryan Dingman put the Patriots up for good.
Austin Riska finished two and one opportunities for Johnstown in the final quarter, but Taylor and Robbie Van Brocklin combined for seven free throws down the stretch to keep the Patriots ahead.
Riska led the Sir Bills with 15 points, while Taylor and Dingman finished with 11 points each to pace the Patriots. Chris Natoli chipped in seven and was big under the basket for Broadalbin-Perth.
Both teams will continue league play on Friday. Johnstown will travel to Queensbury to take on the Spartans while Broadalbin-Perth will host South Glens Falls. Both games are slated to tip off at 7:30 p.m.
Broadalbin-Perth 43, Johnstown 39
Johnstown11 6 6 16 - 39
Broadalbin-Perth14 12 1 16 - 43
Riska 6-3-15, Heroth 4-0-8, Vazquez 3-0-8, Auty 1-1-4, Lee 1-0-2, Mitchell 0-2-2. Totals 15-6-39.
Dingman 4-3-11, A. Taylor 2-7-11, Natoli 3-1-7, Coveney 2-1-5, Van Brocklin 0-3-3, Floyd 1-0-2, Pingitore 1-0-2, P. Taylor 0-2-2. Totals 13-17-43.
3 point-goals: Broadalbin-Perth - none; Johnstown 3 (Vazquez 2, Auty)