GLOVERSVILLE - The Gloversville Dragons used a 13-0 second quarter run to take control and never relinquished the lead as they outlasted the Queensbury Spartans 62-53 Friday in a Foothills boys basketball contest at Gloversville High School.
While the scoring burst put Gloversville (12-3 overall, 9-2 Foothills) in the driver's seat, the Spartans gave the Dragons all they could handle and trailed by just five midway through the fourth quarter.
Queensbury (7-8 overall, 5-6 Foothills) seemed up to the task early on, holding an 11-10 lead after one quarter of play. Gloversville found success at the rim in the frame, but shot a paltry 0 for 6 from downtown. Queensbury's two most prolific shooters from long range, Tim Voorhis and Adam Troelstra, banged threes to bookend Queensbury's scoring in the quarter.
Gloversville’s Hunter Goodwin (23) goes up for a shot as Queensbury’s Aidan Switzer defends during Friday’s Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
Gloversville's Quantel McGee hit from long range near the start of the second quarter to knot the score at 13 apiece, but the teams matched each other basket-for-basket for much of the period. The lead exchanged hands 12 times in the first half before a layup by Asa Barnhill put the Dragons up 21-20 and ignited a 13-0 run. The run coincided with Gloversville moving to a full-court press that stifled Queensbury's ability to advance the basketball.
"We want to push the ball and create an up-tempo style of game and one way of doing it is applying pressure and hopefully creating some turnovers," said Gloversville head coach Mark LeFever. "We were fortunate to catch them off guard and that was a nice little run for us."
Barnhill scored six points during the run while Keyshawn Arnold poured in five including one of his two three-pointers. Gloversville took a 9-point lead into the locker room after Keeghan O'Leary knocked down a three at the halftime buzzer for Queensbury.
The Spartans cut the deficit to five early in the third quarter, but Gloversville connected on three straight buckets from beyond the arc to take their largest lead of the game. The Dragons ended up 6 for 21 from distance after their slow start shooting the basketball.
"We weren't confident shooting the three tonight," said LeFever. "You're not always going to shoot 40-50 percent from the arc so considering we had an off game from the arc and we still managed to win by 10, the kids played hard."
The Spartans finished a much more manageable 7 for 12 from deep. Kalen Minott and Trolestra buried three-pointers early in the fourth quarter to cut Gloversville's lead to 54-49, but Arnold splashed a big three to give Gloversville an 8-point cushion.
The Dragons went just 3 for 9 from the free throw line down the stretch, but Queensbury fell silent from the field to end any chance of a comeback.
"Queensbury came here to fight and play hard and give us four quarters of basketball and they did that," said LeFever. "They didn't go away and they knocked down some clutch shots when they had to."
Barnhill paced Gloversville with 20 points, while Barceem Dukes chipped in nine and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. The Dragons out-rebounded the Spartans 31-22. Troelstra was the high-point man for Queensbury with 13.
The Dragons will face arguably their toughest test of the season Tuesday when they travel to Scotia to take on the undefeated Tartans (15-0 overall, 11-0 Foothills). Gloversville fell to Scotia at home 60-39 earlier in the season.
"I think we have some arrangements that will work well against their zone," said LeFever. "It's just a matter of us making shots, getting some second chance opportunities, and limiting their second chance opportunities. I look forward to the challenge and our boys are looking forward to the contest so it should be a good atmosphere and hopefully it's a good game."
The matchup between the Foothills' top two teams is slated to tipoff at 7:30 p.m.
Gloversville 62, Queensbury 53
Queensbury11 12 20 10 - 53
Gloversville10 22 20 10 - 62
Troelstra 4-2-13, Voorhis 4-0-10, O'Leary 4-0-9, Marasco 3-0-6, Rodriguez 2-1-5, Switzer 1-2-4, Daley 1-1-3, Minott 1-0-3. Totals 20-6-53.
Barnhill 7-4-20, Goodwin 6-0-12, Arnold 4-0-10, Dukes 4-1-9, McGee 3-0-7, Scholl 1-1-4. Totals 25-6-62.
3 point-goals: Gloversville 6 (Arnold 2, Barnhill 2, Scholl, McGee); Queensbury 7 (Troelstra 3, Voorhis 2, O'Leary, Minott)