Dragons come up short against Glens Falls

Glens Falls' Aaron Sampson (4) pressures Gloversville's Dante Bouchard (00) as he goes up for a shot during Foothills Council action Tuesday at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — After putting up only 34 points in their game against Broadalbin-Perth last Friday, the Gloversville Dragons came out firing Tuesday against undefeated Glens Falls.

The Dragons put up 37 first-half points and trailed the Indians by a single point, 38-37, at the break before Dante Bouchard connected on the first shot of the second half to give the upset-minded Dragons the lead.

However, the Indians responded with a 13-0 run to gain control and pull away for a 78-62 Foothills Council victory Tuesday at Gloversville High School.

“I was proud of the guys and the fight that they had. It was just a really bad third quarter,” Gloversville coach Aric Kucel said. “We gave them a couple easy baskets and were losing guys in their zone. Then on offense we weren’t executing the way we were in the first half and it came back to bite us.”

Joe Girard III got the Indians off to a fast start, hitting his first of eight 3-pointers in the game nine seconds into the game and sparking an 8-0 game-opening run.

Joey Rowback snapped the run for Gloversville with a 3-pointer and quickly cut the Indians lead down to a basket, 11-9, with Bouchard’s 3-pointer midway through the quarter.

The Dragons stayed within a single possession until the closing minutes of the quarter when Glens Falls six unanswered points to hold a 21-14 advantage.

Girard opened the second quarter with back-to-back 3s sandwiched around a pair of successful free throws by the Dragons’ Josh Nails to stretch the Glens Falls lead to 27-16.

The Dragons went to work and chipped away at the Glens Falls lead.

Nails hit for eight points in the drive and after Rowback grabbed a defensive rebound, raced upcourt, recovered a deflected steal attempt by Girard and laid the ball in at the buzzer; Gloversville trailed Glens Falls 38-37 and carried momentum into the locker room at the half.

Bouchard gave the Dragons what proved to be their lone lead of the game 21 seconds into the third quarter before the Indians stepped up their physical defensive pressure to slow the Dragons’ offense.

Girard and Tony Green Jr. combined for 14 of the Indians’ 23 third-quarter points to build a 61-44 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

“We knew they were physical going in and need to know that going forward that we need to be more physical,” Kucel said. “You can’t back down from anybody especially at the varsity level and we did not do that tonight so it was a good step for us.”

The Dragons made another run at the Indians with Bouchard hitting a pair of 3-pointers in his 10-point fourth-quarter effort to help Gloversville outscore the Indians 20-17 in the final period to put the final score at 78-64 in favor of Glens Falls.

Girard led Glens Falls (10-0 overall, 6-0 Foothills) with his game-high 36 points including eight 3-pointers to take his season total to 50. Andrew Stamatel finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Green had eight rebounds to go with 11 points and Conor Schliff pulled down seven of his eight rebounds in the second half to go with four points.

“I thought we did a decent job on Girard,” Kucel said. “He got a few foul calls that got him to the line and got him going. But we made him take tough shots and he is a great player and that is what great players do. They make those tough shots. We knew he was going to be right around his average [34 points] and we had to contain everybody else.”

Bouchard paced Gloversville with his 23-point effort, while Sam Poulin finished with nine points, three steals and two assists and Rowback added seven points and three rebounds.

Gloversville is slated to host Queensbury Friday night in a Foothills Council game, while Glens Falls will host Bishop Maginn tonight before welcoming Broadalbin-Perth to its home floor on Friday.

“Queensbury is another big, physical team,” Kucel said. “We can’t go backwards now; we need to keep going forward.”

Glens Falls 78, Gloversville 62

Glens Falls 21 17 23 17 — 78

Gloversville 13 23 7 20 — 64

Glens Falls

Holmes 1-1-3, Sampson 3-0-7, J. Girard 9-10-37, Stamatel 6-1-13, Brady 2-0-4, Green 4-2-11, Schliff 1-2-4. Totals: 26-16-78.


Bouchard 6-8-23, Dona 3-2-8, Nails 3-2-8, Mee 0-1-1, Cotugno 0-2-2, Poulin 3-1-9, Rowback 3-0-7, Jones 2-2-6. Totals: 20-18-64.

3-point goals: Glens Falls 10 (Girard III 8, Sampson, Green Jr.); Gloversville 6 (Bouchard 3, Poulin 2, Rowback).

Center State Conference

Poland 60, Dolgeville 40

DOLGEVILLE — Jordan LaSalle scored 17 points to lead Poland to a victory over Dolgeville on Monday.

Joe Grimaldi had 12 points for the Tornadoes (4-5 overall), while Franklin Szarek added 10 points.

Zach Smith and Riley Nagle each scored nine points to lead Dolgeville (1-9 overall).