Boys Basketball Roundup: Sir Bills top Dragons, halt three-game slide

Johnstown's Ben Wager (24) challenges Gloversville's Aiden Barnhill (3) as he drives to the hoop during a Foothills Council South Division game Friday night at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — After trailing by seven points at the half, the Johnstown Sir Bills turned it around in the second half.

Powered by a 22-8 third-quarter run to get ahead of Gloverville and a dunk by Nick Frasier in the closing seconds of the game, the Sir Bills took home a 59-45 come-from-behind Foothills Council South victory Friday from Gloversville High School.

“It is definitely tough, but they won the game,” Gloversville coach Aric Kucel said. “Matt’s kids [Johnstown coach Matt Guzielek] played really hard and played smart there in the second half and we didn’t. You have to tip your hat to Johnstown.”

Gloversville got off to a fast start with Josh Nails leading the way with eight first-quarter points, including a dunk that brought the large, boisterous crowd to its feet as the Dragons jumped out to a 10-7 advantage.

With the help of a pair of 3-pointers from Dante Bouchard, Gloversville grew its lead to nine with just over a minute left in the opening half.

The Sir Bills closed the opening half forcing a turnover and getting a point apiece from Matthew Boyle and Jacob Billa from the free-throw line and trail 24-17 at the break.

“I liked a lot of the things we did in the first half defensively,” Guzielek said. “I thought we gave up a few too many transition baskets in the first half. If we eliminated those, the score would have been a little bit closer. In the second half, we eliminated those and I thought to be able to beat the press. We extended the guy in the middle a little further back and we were break and be aggressive.”

The Sir Bills quickly closed the gap to a single basket with Boyle delivering seven points and Ben Wager hitting two free throws in a 9-4 run to trim Gloversville’s lead to 28-26.

Joey Rowback and Nails sandwiched baskets around a put back by Wager to put the score at 32-28 before Wager stepped back and hit a 3-pointer to pull the Sir Bills to within a point, 32-31 with 3:30 left in the third quarter.

Boyle gave the Sir Bills their first lead, 34-32, since midway through the first quarter with a three-point play with 2:03 left in the third period.

Jacob Billa scored on a putback and Wager hit his second 3-pointer of the quarter to put the Sir Bills up 39-32 heading into the final period.

“I think we had a lot of easy shots in the third quarter that we did not finish and they were finishing plays on their end,” Kucel said. “What killed us was, one, they were shooting it well and, two, when they did miss they were getting the offensive rebounds. They absolutely killed us on the boards.”

Johnstown stretched its advantage to 13 points, 47-34 midway through the quarter before Sam Poulin led the Dragons on an 8-1 run to cut the Sir Bills’ lead to six, 48-42 with just over two minutes to play.

The Sir Bills got a six-point swing in just over a half minute when Boyle scored while drawing an aggressive foul. He converted both free throws for a four-point play.

Frasier scored on the possession after Boyle’s free throws to take Johnstown lead back to double-digits, 54-42, and effective slow the Dragons’ momentum.

Gloversville’s scoring finished with a three-point play from Rowback as the Sir Bills converted three of six free-throw attempts in the closing minute. After forcing a turnover in the final seconds, Frasier gathered up the loose ball and slammed down a one-handed dunk to close out the 59-45 victory.

“This was a big win for the Sir Bills tonight,” Guzielek said. “We grew up a lot tonight. Our kids fought so hard I am so proud of them. I thought Ben Wager was absolutely fantastic tonight and Brandon Mraz gave us so much energy in good minutes off the bench. He did things that are not going to show up in the score book, the tips, the rebounds at the end. We had a guy go down [Adam Wilson] and a guy stepped up in his place.”

Wager led Johnstown with 24 points and five rebounds, while Boyle had 20 points and eight rebounds. Frasier finished with seven points and seven rebounds, while Billa added seven points and Mraz chipped in with a point, two assists and a steal.

Rowback paced Gloversville with his 14 point, nine rebound effort, while Poulin had 13 points, three rebounds and two steals. Nails added 12 points and four rebounds and Bouchard hit a pair of 3-pointers in his six-point effort.

Gloversville (6-11 overall, 4-7 Foothills) will take to the road in the final week of the regular season, at Schuylerville on Tuesday and Scotia-Glenville on Friday before a Foothills Council crossover game.

“We have a week-and-a-half to try to right this ship,” Kucel said. “You can’t win ball games when you turn it over more than the other team and you get out rebounded. It will be an uphill battle.”

Johnstown (6-11 overall, 2-9 Foothills) will host Scotia-Glenville Tuesday and Broadalbin-Perth next Friday.

Johnstown 59, Gloversville 45

Johnstown 7 10 22 20 — 59

Gloversville 10 14 8 13 — 45

Johnstown

Frasier 3-1-7, Billa 3-1-7, Mraz 0-1-1, Boyle 5-8-20, Wager 7-8-24. Totals: 18-19-55.

Gloversville

Bouchard 2-0-6, Nails 6-0-12, Poulin 4-5-13, Rowback 6-2-14. Totals: 18-7-45.

3-point goals: Johnstown 4 (Matthew Boyle 2, Ben Wager 2); Gloversville 2 (Dante Bouchard 2).

Foothills Council

Amsterdam 66, Scotia-Glenville 43

AMSTERDAM — Willie Brown scored 19 points to lead Amsterdam to a victory over Scotia-Glenville in a battle for first place in the Foothills Council South Division.

With the win, the Rams took a one-game lead over both Scotia-Glenville and Broadalbin-Perth with two league games remaining.

Anthony Aponte scored 18 points for Amsterdam (10-7 overall, 9-2 Foothills), while Dale Stanavich added 16.

Christian Corker scored 13 points to lead Scotia-Glenville (8-3 Foothills), while Rickey Woodley added 10 points.

Amsterdam 66, Scotia-Glenville 43

Scotia-Glenville 8 7 7 21 — 43

Amsterdam 7 21 25 13 — 66

Scotia-Glenville

Corker 3-5-13, Degraffenreid 1-0-3, LeMorta 4-0-8, Martin 3-0-9, Woodley 3-2-10. Totals 14-7-43.

Amsterdam

Aponte 7-3-18, Brown 7-0-19, Fedullo 1-0-2, Gomez 1-0-2, Green 1-0-2, Spagnola 2-2-6, Stanavich 7-1-16. Totals 26-6-66.

3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville 8 (Martin 3, Woodley 2, Corker 2, Degraffenreid); Amsterdam 8 (Brown 5, Aponte, Stanavich, Gomez).

Broadalbin-Perth 58, South Glens Falls 45

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Preston Taylor finished with 17 points to lead Broadalbin-Perth to a victory over South Glens Falls.

Troy Monroe hit five 3-pointers on his way to a 15-point effort for Broadalbin-Perth (11-6 overall, 8-3 Foothills), while J.P. Person added 13 points.

Sam Maziejka scored 11 points to lead South Glens Falls (0-11 Foothills), while Lucas Anastasia added 10 points.

Broadalbin-Perth 58, South Glens Falls 45

Broadalbin-Perth 21 11 9 17 — 58

South Glens Falls 8 13 13 11 — 45

Broadalbin-Perth

Calderone 2-0-4, Ladipo 3-2-9, Monroe 5-0-15, Person 6-1-13, Taylor 5-6-17. Totals 21-9-58.

South Glens Falls

L. Anastasia 4-0-10, Baldwin 3-1-8, Endieveri 2-0-4, Schrammel 2-1-5, Keenan 0-1-1, Amberger 2-0-4, Maziejka 4-2-11, Amberger 2-0-4, Ward 1-0-2. Totals 20-5-45.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 7 (Monroe 5, Taylor, Ladipo); South Glens Falls 4 (L. Anastasia 2, Baldwin, Maziejka).

WAC

Canajoharie 75, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 59

CANAJOHARIE — Canajoharie had four players score in double figures in its WAC victory over Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

Luke VanSlyke led the Cougars with 17 points, while Lucas Sossei finished with 14 points. Trevor Folts scored 13 points for Canajoharie and Mike Hartlieb added 11. It was the fifth win in the last six games for the Cougars, who improved to 12-6 overall and 7-4 in WAC play.

Ben Hilton scored a game-high 30 points to lead Berne-Knox-Westerlo (2-8 WAC).

Canajoharie 75, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 59

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 10 12 19 18 — 59

Canajoharie 20 20 18 17 — 75

Berne-Knox-Westerlo

Duncan 3-0-9, Hilton 9-8-30, Meehan 4-1-9, Pulliam 2-5-9, Rich 1-0-2. Totals 19-14-59.

Canajoharie

Edwards 1-0-3, Folts 5-3-13, Hartlieb 4-3-11, O’Connor 2-4-8, O’Neil 1-0-3, Shariff 2-1-6, Sossei 5-4-14, VanSlyke 5-7-17. Totals 25-22-75.

3-point goals: Berne-Knox-Westerlo 7 (Hilton 4, Duncan 3); Canajoharie 3 (Edwards, O’Neil, Shariff).

Bishop Gibbons 90, Fonda-Fultonville 68

SCHENECTADY — After trailing 38-34 at the half, Bishop Gibbons erupted for 56 second-half points to post a WAC victory over Fonda-Fultonville.

Zyir Beverly scored 37 points to lead the Golden Knights, while Nacier Hundley added 23.

Armoni Poole scored 15 points for Bishop Gibbons (9-2 WAC), and Michael Gosh added 13.

Nik Couture scored 24 points to lead FFCS (4-14 overall, 4-7 WAC), while Dan Parslow added 23.

Bishop Gibbons 90, Fonda-Fultonville 68

Fonda-Fultonville 22 16 14 16 — 68

Bishop Gibbons 16 18 28 28 — 90

Fonda-Fultonville

Couture 10-4-24, DiCaprio 4-1-9, Epting 2-0-5, Geniti 1-0-3, Mancini 1-0-2, Oertel 1-0-2, Parslow 10-0-23. Totals 29-5-68.

Bishop Gibbons

Beverly 15-5-37, Gosh 6-1-13, Hundley 9-3-23, Poole 6-3-15, Sexton 0-2-2. Totals 36-14-90.

3-point goals: Fonda-Fultonville (Parslow 3, Epting, Geniti); Bishop Gibbons 4 (Beverly 2, Hundley 2).

Mekeel Christian 85, Fort Plain 36

FORT PLAIN — Carter Stewart finished with 17 points to lead Mekeel Christian Academy to a WAC victory over Fort Plain.

Deonte Holder scored 13 points for Mekeel (10-0 WAC), while Cameron Stewart and Twquan Jenkins each had 12.

Jacob Hisert scored 16 points to lead Fort Plain (1-16 overall, 0-11 WAC), while Nate Florian added 10.

Mekeel Christian 85, Fort Plain 36

Mekeel Christian 30 26 13 16 — 85

Fort Plain 17 4 10 5 — 36

Mekeel Christian

Connolly 2-0-5, Holder 4-2-13, Iteji 4-0-8, Jackson 4-0-8, Jenkins 4-4-12, Lyu 1-0-3, McCarty 2-3-7, Cam. Stewart 4-0-12, Car. Stewart 8-1-17. Totals 33-10-85.

Fort Plain

Dillenbeck 2-0-6, Florian 4-2-10, Hisert 6-1-16, Nare 1-0-2, Yacowenia 1-0-2. Totals 14-3-36.

3-point goals: Mekeel Christian 9 (Cam. Stewart 4, Holder 3, Connolly, Lyu); Fort Plain 5 (Hisert 3, Dillenbeck 2).

Duanesburg 61, Galway 46

GALWAY — Jared Hulbert finished with 23 points to power Duanesburg to a WAC victory over Galway.

Patrick Powers had 12 points for the Eagles, who improved to 5-6 in WAC play.

Thor White scored 25 points to lead Galway (2-9 WAC).

Duanesburg 61, Galway 46

Duanesburg 18 9 23 11 — 61

Galway 8 14 12 12 — 46

Duanesburg

Edwards 1-0-2, Gamache 1-0-2, Hulbert 8-2-23, Lenehan 1-0-3, Lynch 2-0-5, Martin 1-0-2, Al. Onorati 2-1-6, Au. Onorati 0-2-2, Passonno 2-0-4, Powers 4-2-12. Totals 22-7-61.

Galway

Brownell 1-1-3, Kerry 1-1-3, Matthews 0-2-2, Sowle 3-2-8, White 9-5-25, Williams 2-0-5. Totals 16-11-46.

3-point goals: Duanesburg 10 (Hulbert 5, Powers 2, Al. Onorati, Lenehan, Lynch); Galway 3 (White 2, Williams).

Schoharie 55, Middleburgh 52

COBLESKILL — Steve Alescio scored 30 points to lead Schoharie to a WAC victory over Middleburgh in a game played at SUNY Cobleskill.

Alescio’s effort included seven 3-pointers.

Peyton Olsen scored 18 points to lead Middleburgh, while C.J. Singer had 11. Chad Boyles added 10 points for the Knights.

Schoharie 55, Middleburgh 52

Middleburgh 12 10 21 9 — 52

Schoharie 12 19 13 11 — 55

Middleburgh

Bankstom 3-0-6, Boyles 4-0-10, Minton 2-0-5, Olsen 6-5-18, Singer 4-1-11, Weaver 1-0-2. Totals 20-6-52.

Schoharie

Alescio 9-5-30, Barton 3-1-7, Bernhardt 2-1-5, Rose 3-0-8, VanDerwerken 1-2-5. Totals 18-9-55.

3-point goals: Middleburgh 6 (Boyles 2, Singer 2, Olsen, Minton); Schoharie 10 (Alescio 7, Rose 2, VanDerwerken).

Center State Conference

Cooperstown 101, Dolgeville 28

DOLGEVILLE — Tyler Bertram scored 17 points to power Cooperstown to a victory over Dolgeville.

Jack Lambert scored 16 points for Cooperstown, while Ethan Niles had 13. Christian Alexander added 11 points for the Hawkeyes.

Zach Smith scored nine points to lead Dolgeville (1-16 overall), which suffered its 14th straight loss.

Cooperstown 101, Dolgeville 28

Cooperstown 30 23 25 23 — 101

Dolgeville 1 13 7 7 — 28

Cooperstown

Niles 5-2-13, Trosset 1-0-2, Hecox 3-1-9, Lambert 5-2-16, Clark 3-0-6, Hall 1-0-2, Bertram 9-5-27, Barlow 0-1-1, Alexander 5-1-11, Lifgren 22–6, Kennedy 4-0-8. Totals 38-14-101.

Dolgeville

Miller 1-2-4, McGraw 1-0-2, Smith 3-1-9, Benson 3-1-7, Beacorn 0-1-1, Vanasse 1-0-2. Totals 10-5-28.

3-point goals: Cooperstown 11 (Bertram 4, Lambert 4, Hecox 2, Niles); Dolgeville 3 (Smith 2, Beacorn).

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