BROADALBIN - The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots wrapped up their first trip through the Foothills Council schedule in fine fashion.
The Patriots rolled past Hudson Falls 58-38 to close out the first half on a four-game win streak and a 4-3 league record, good for third place in the Foothills standings behind Scotia-Glenville (7-0) and Gloversville (6-1).
"I think there is room for improvement," Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. "I would like to finish the second half better than the first. We have some tough matchups coming up and it all starts Friday night. We are going up against a very good Gloversville team on the road. That is a big one for us to start off with."
Broadalbin-Perth’s Jake Coveney (1) shoots over Hudson Falls’ Matt Connolly (30) for a basket during Tuesday’s Foothills Council game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Patriots (4-3 Foothills, 7-4 overall) broke out to an early lead in Tuesday's game with Ryan Dingman outscoring the Tigers by netting 10 of B-P's 18 first-quarter points to build an 18-9 lead.
The Broadalbin-Perth defense took over in the second period, holding Hudson Falls to a single field goal by Matt Connolly, who scored eight of the Tigers' 11 first-half points, and carried a 28-11 lead into the locker room.
The Patriots showed no sign of letting down in the third quarter as Gifford substituted freely and built a solid 48-21 advantage heading into the final period.
The Tigers' found their scoring touch in the final eight minutes as Dalton Hogan connected on a pair of 3-pointers and a field goal to spark Hudson Falls' 17-point scoring burst, but could only cut the Patriots lead to 20 points by the final buzzer.
Connolly finished the game with 11 points and Hogan added eight for the Tigers.
Broadalbin-Perth got scoring from 10 of its 12 player roster, with Dingman leading the way with 19 points. Andre Taylor chipped in with 11 and Robbie VanBrocklin added nine.
"Everyone is getting to the point where we are getting deep on the bench and have lots of options in all different spots," Gifford said. "Everybody is hungry and we need to keep them hungry so that when they get out there they want to play. That is the biggest thing right now, to stay hungry."
Broadalbin-Perth 58, Hudson Falls 38
Hudson Falls9 2 10 17 - 38
Broadalbin-Perth18 10 20 10 - 58
Labshere 2-0-4, MacDuff 1-0-3, McGuire 1-0-2, Hogan 3-0-8, Henke 0-4-4, Gorham 2-0-6, Connolly 5-1-11. Totals: 14-5-38.
Coveney 1-0-2, VanBrocklin 3-2-9, A Taylor 4-3-11, Schmidtman 0-1-1, P. Taylor 1-1-3, Hartz 2-0-4, Dingman 8-0-19, Pingitore 2-0-5, Floyd 0-1-1, Natoli 1-1-3. Totals: 22-9-58.
3-point goals: Hudson Falls 5 (Wyatt 2, Hogan 2, MacDuff); Broadalbin-Perth 5 (Dingman 3, VanBrocklin, Pingitore).