JOHNSTOWN - For three-quarters of the opening half, Broadalbin-Perth and host Johnstown slugged it out without either gaining an advantage.
Then up stepped Broadalbin-Perth junior Ryan Dingman.
Dingman hit three straight 3-pointers at the end of the second quarter to give the Patriots a seven-point half-time lead and control of the game.
Johnstown’s Jon Heroth (23) attempts to draw a charge from Broadalbin-Perth’s Andre Taylor (3) as he drives the lane during Tuesday’s Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Johnstown’s Austin Riska (34) is challenged by Broadalbin-Perth’s Colby Hartz (10) and Robbie VanBrocklin (2) as he drives to the hoop during Tuesday’s Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Patriots built on the lead, outscoring Johnstown 23-17 in the second half to lock up the 49-36 Foothills Council win Tuesday night at Johnstown High School.
"We came out a little flat and they came out hitting shots, which they should on their home court," Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. "They hit the alarm button for us and my guys stepped up. Ryan Dingman stepped up and made some shots that kind of got us into a rhythm. Overall, it was a pretty ugly game. From beginning to end it was physical but overall I was glad with the way we held our poise."
Johnstown (9-7 overall, 5-7 Foothills) came out shooting with Austin Riska and Ricky Mitchell draining 3-pointers to put the Sir Bills up 6-2.
Dingman hit the first of his five 3-pointers in the game and Andre Taylor hit to give the Patriots their first lead of the night.
The teams exchanged leads and the Patriots came out on top 12-10 at the end of the opening period.
B-P maintained its advantage early in the second period but could not pull away.
With 2:25 left in the opening half, Mitchell hit his second 3-pointer of the half to tie the game at 17.
Dingman was able to shake his defender and his teammates found him open behind the arc. The junior delivered three 3-pointers in the final two minutes to stake the Patriots to a 26-19 halftime advantage.
"We need to get better at transitioning from one defense set to another defensive set," Johnstown coach Matt Guzielek said. "There were times tonight where we were very good at that and then there were times we were very poor. When we were poor they took advantage of it. Dingman got some good looks and he is too good of a shooter to not have anybody in front of him."
The teams matched points early in the third quarter before the Patriots put up seven unanswered points, including Dingman's fifth trey of the game, to pull ahead 37-26.
The Sir Bills fought back in the final eight minutes, putting together a short run of six unanswered points off turnovers to trim the Patriots lead to seven, 42-3, midway through the final period.
However, Taylor had the answer for the Patriots hitting all seven of B-P's final points, including going 5-for-5 from the free-throw line to secure the 49-36 Foothills Council win.
"If you look at our last few games, when teams try to take something away we just adjust," Gifford said. "The last game they took Dingman away on the outside and tonight they tried to stop our inside points. We are not a one-dimensional team. We have other ways and depending on what teams do we are going to score."
Taylor finished the night with 21 points, while Dingman finished the night with five 3-pointers and 17 points.
Riska led the Sir Bills with 11 points, while Jon Heroth contributed 10 points.
Both teams have two Foothills Council games remaining before entering the Section II Class B postseason tournament.
Broadalbin-Perth (11-5 overall, 8-4 Foothills) has won eight of its last nine games and have South Glens Falls and Hudson Falls left on its regular season schedule.
Johnstown will host Queensbury Thursday night at 7 p.m. before closing out the regular season against Glens Falls on Tuesday.
"I don't think we played our best game tonight," Guzielek said. "I told the guys there is a difference between playing hard and playing with energy. I don't think we played with any energy. Broadalbin is a good team and will get a high seed [in sectionals] but to be honest, I don't think anybody is going to want to play Broadalbin-Perth or Johnstown when it comes sectional time. I think anybody in the Bs can be beat."
Broadalbin-Perth 49, Johnstown 36
Broadalbin-Perth12 14 13 10 - 49
Johnstown10 9 8 9 - 36
Coveney 1-0-2, Dingman 6-0-17, Floyd 1-0-2, Hartz 0-1-1, Natoli 1-0-2, Pingitore 1-0-2, A. Taylor 7-7-21. Totals: 18-8-49.
Heroth 4-2-10, Hornidge 1-0-2, Lee 0-1-1, Mitchell 3-0-8, Riska 5-0-11, Vazquez 2-0-4. Totals: 15-3-36.
3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 5 (Dingman 5); Johnstown 3 (Mitchell 2, Riska).