Boys Basketball Roundup: Bouchard scores 40 in Dragons’ win

Gloversville hands Queensbury its first Foothills Council loss

Gloversville's Joey Rowback (23) grabs an offensive rebound away from Queensbury's Patrick Conway (2) during the second quarter of Wednesday's Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. Looking on are the Dragons Anderson Jones (24) Buck Galster (5) and Esean Brown (3) along with Queensbury's Bryce Bleibtrey (15), Jeff VanAnden (3) and Thomas Scotto-Lavino. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — When Dante Bouchard hit his first three attempts from behind the 3-point arc Wednesday night, you could feel it was going to be a big night for the sophomore and his Gloversville teammates.

Bouchard blistered the nets for a career-high 40 points, including eight 3-pointers, to help the Dragons rally from an 11-point second quarter deficit and defeat Queensbury 72-69 in Foothills Council action Wednesday at Gloversville High School.

The victory is the second straight for the Dragons as they improved to 2-2 overall and 2-2 in the Foothills Council.

“I thought we played two of the tougher teams in the league [season openers against Amsterdam and Glens Falls] and I thought we proved to ourselves that we can play with them,” Gloversville coach Aric Kucel said. “These guys are proving now that they can get the job done as a team.”

Bouchard kept the Dragons close in the first quarter with his long-range shooting, scoring 10 of the Dragons 12 points in the quarter, with Buck Galster providing the other two from the free-throw line, as the Spartans grabbed an 18-12 lead.

The Spartans grew the lead to 11, 28-17, with just over five minutes left in the opening half when Joey Rowback stepped up to hit back-to-back 3-pointers to swing the momentum to the Dragons side of the court.

When the Spartans’ attention shifting to Rowback, Bouchard again found good looks at the basket and hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to help Gloversville close the gap to 32-30 at the break.

“That is the great thing about those two, they can play off each other,” Kucel said. “We are a team that is going to feed the guy who is hot.”

Bouchard gave the Dragons their first lead since midway through the first quarter with a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the second half.

Baskets by Julien Deumaga sandwiched around on a basket by the Spartans Thomas Scotto-Lavino took the lead to 37-34 in favor of the Dragons.

Queensbury tied the game at 39 before Gloversville again pulled ahead 46-43 on a 3-pointer from Deumaga only to have the Spartans’ Matthew Chase hit a three at the buzzer to send the game into the final eight minutes tied at 46.

The quarter started off with a technical foul being called on the Queensbury bench, which Bouchard converted one of two free throws and Bubby Royal connected on the ensuing possession to give the Dragons a three-point edge.

Cameron Bleibtrey answered for the Spartans before Royal and Deumaga hit a basket and a 3-pointer respectively to give the Dragons a 54-48 advantage.

Bouchard again starting getting open looks and continued his long-range barrage with three-straight 3-pointers and a jumper to take the Gloversville lead to 12, 65-53 with 1:47 left to play,

The Spartans were not done as they hit four 3-pointers in the closing minute and opted to put the Dragons on the free-throw line.

The Gloversville shooters responded with a 7-for-9 effort from the line down the stretch to lock up the 72-69 victory.

“Dante was terrific all night,” Kucel said. “The second quarter Joey really stepped up and then the second half and Julien [Deumaga] was huge. He had 10 points there in the second half. That is what we need is a third and fourth and fifth guy to step up and tonight Julien stepped up for us in the second half. Buck was really good at getting us second and third shots. He does some things that aren’t going to lite up the state sheet but he brings value to winning.”

Bouchard finished the night with eight 3-pointers in his 40-point performance, while Rowback added 15 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Deumaga added 10 points and five rebounds, while Galster scored two points and added four of his five rebounds off the offensive board.

Jeffrey VanAnden led Queensbury with 29 points and eight rebounds, while Cameron Bleibtrey had 16 points and Chase added a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Gloversville will look for its third straight victory Friday night when it hosts Schuylerville in a Foothills Council matchup. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Gloversville 72, Queensbury 69

Queensbury 18 14 14 23 — 69

Gloversville 12 18 16 26 — 72

Queensbury

Conway 2-1-6, VanAnden 11-3-27, C. Bleibtrey 6-1-16, Chase 5-0-12, B. Bleibtrey 0-2-2, Rutherford 1-0-2, Scotto-Lavino 2-0-4. Totals 27-8-69.

Gloversville

Bouchard 10-12-40, Deumaga 4-0-10, Royal 2-1-5, Rowback 6-0-15. Totals 22-15-72.

3-point goals: Queensbury 8 (C. Bleibtrey 3, VanAnden 2, Chase 2, Conway); Gloversville 13 (Bouchard 8, Rowback 3, Deumaga 2).

Broadalbin-Perth 63, Hudson Falls 54

BROADALBIN — After trailing at each of the first three quarters, the Patriots poured in 29 fourth-quarter points to pull out the Foothills Council victory.

Lucas Coon used a 12 for-16 performance from the free-throw line to help lead Broadalbin-Perth with 16 points, while Troy Monroe had three 3-pointers en route to his 14-point effort and Dante Calderone added 10 points for the Patriots.

Tariq Minix scored a game-high 18 points for Hudson Falls, while Dylan Phillips had 12 points, all from behind the 3-point arc.

Broadalbin-Perth 63, Hudson Falls 54

Hudson Falls 11 11 13 19 — 54

Broadalbin-Perth 8 12 14 29 — 63

Hudson Falls

Varney 0-1-1, Condon 1-1-3, Beagle 2-0-4, Hill 2-0-4, Minix 7-3-18, Maddison 2-4-8, Russell 2-0-4, Phillips 4-0-12. Totals 20-9-54.

Broadalbin-Perth

Coon 2-12-16, Monroe 5-1-14, Sassanella 2-2-7, Buyce 1-2-4, Benton 2-2-7, Munn 1-3-5, Calderone 4-2-10. Totals 17-24-63.

3-point goals: Hudson Falls (Phillips 4, Minix); Broadalbin-Perth 5 (Monroe 3, Sassanella, Benton).

Amsterdam 73, South Glens Falls 47

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The Rams outscored South High 50-23 in the first half and cruised to victory, keeping their record unblemished at 4-0 on the season.

Louis Fedullo led the Rams with 20 points, while Willie Brown had 19 and Ozzy DeJesus chipped in with 16.

Sam Maziejka led South Glens Falls with 18 points.

The Rams’ victory sets up a showdown with the unbeaten Glens Falls Indians and Joe Girard III at Glens Falls High School on Friday.

Amsterdam 73, South Glens Falls 47

Amsterdam 26 24 12 11 — 73

South Glens Falls 6 17 14 10 — 47

Amsterdam

Bradt 1-0-3, Brennan 3-0-8, Brown 6-6-19, DeJesus 7-2-16, Fedullo 9-2-20, Ciamio 2-0-5, Perez 1-0-2. Totals 29-10-73.

South Glens Falls

Amberger 5-2-10, Baldwin 1-0-2, Becerril 1-0-2, Keenan 2-0-4, J. Maniacek 1-3-5, Maziejka 7-4-18, Schrammel 2-0-4. Totals 19-9-47.

3-point goals: Amsterdam 5 (Brennan 2, Bradt, Brown, Giamio); South Glens Falls — none.

Schuylerville 59, Scotia-Glenville 49

SCOTIA — The Black Horses jumped out to a 35-16 first-half lead and never looked back as they defeated Scotia-Glenville at Schuylerville High School.

Derek Baldwin led Schuylerville with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, while Stratton Sherman and Josh Mason had 13 points apiece and Paul Harshberger had 11.

Christian Corker led Scotia-Glenville with 16 points and Andrew LaMorta finished with 11.

Schuylerville 59, Scotia-Glenville 49

Schuylerville 19 16 14 10 — 59

Scotia-Glenville 7 9 13 20 — 49

Schuylerville

Baldwin 5-0-14, Sherman 5-2-13, Budesheim 3-0-6, Mason 5-3-13, Harshberger 4-2-11, King 1-0-2. Totals 23-7-59.

Scotia-Glenville

Freschette 1-0-2, Caldwell 2-0-6, Corker 6-3-16, West 1-0-2, Frisoni 1-0-3, Barrera 3-0-7, Merola 1-0-2, LaMorta 5-0-11. Totals 20-3-49.

3-point goals: Schuylerville 6 (Baldwin 4, Sherman, Harshberger); Scotia-Glenville 6 (Caldwell 2, Corker, Frasoni, Barrera, LaMorta).

WAC

Duanesburg 55, Mayfield 39

DUANESBURG — Garret Delaney led a short-handed Mayfield squad with 10 points and 16 rebounds, while Daniel Leach finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Boone Lynch led Duanesburg with 11 points, while Matt Gamache and Tyler Martin had 10 points apiece.

Duanesburg 55, Mayfield 39

Mayfield 5 9 7 18 — 39

Duanesburg 13 17 10 15 — 55

Mayfield

Dingman 1-2-4, Delaney 4-1-10, Gates 1-0-3, Leach 6-0-13, Wasson 2-0-4, Insogna 2-0-5. Totals 16-3-39.

Duanesburg

Martin 3-4-10, Onorati 2-5-9, Lynch 4-0-11, Montgomery 1-0-2, Cornelius 3-2-9, Lenehan 2-0-4, Gamache 5-0-10. Totals 20-11-19.

3-point goals: Mayfield 4 (Delaney, Gates, Leach, Insogna); Duanesburg 4 (Lynch 3, Cornelius).

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 74, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 62

ST. JOHNSVILLE — The Wolfpack used a 23-9 third-quarter run to help run their record to 5-0 on the season.

Devyn Jones led OESJ with 25 points, while Tyler Leon added 22 and Zach Mosher finished with 13.

Mike Flower and Ezekiel Pulliam had 14 points apiece for BKW, while Slade Pulliam had 12 and Ben Hilton finished with 11.

The victory sets up a battle of unbeatens Friday night when OESJ travels to Fonda-Fultonville for a Western Athletic Conference showdown.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 74, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 62

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 18 20 9 15 — 62

OESJ 20 16 23 15 — 74

Berne-Knox-Westerlo

E. Pullman 5-0-14, S. Pulliam 5-0-12, Becker 1-0-3, Esposito 1-0-2, Flower 4-0-14, Hilton 4-0-11, Meehan 3-0-6. Totals 24-0-62.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Brundage 1-0-2, Mosher 6-0-13, Sanchez 4-1-9, Grant 1-1-3, Jones 8-4-25, Leon 8-6-22. Totals 28-12-74.

3-point goals: Berne-Knox-Westerlo 14 (Pullman 4, Flower 4, Hilton 3, Pulliam 2, Becker); Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 6 (Jones 5, Mosher).

Fonda-Fultonville 51, Northville 50

NORTHVILLE — A late-game rally by the Falcons came up short as Fonda-Fultonville held on to improve its record to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the WAC.

Northville’s Lucas Jetty led all scorers with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Nate Reidell and Michael Kalkbrenner finished with 10 points apiece. Kalkbrenner also pulled down 12 rebounds.

Angelo Canale hit four 3-pointers in his team-high 16 points for the Braves, while John Mancini added 10 points.

Fonda-Fultonville 51, Northville 50

Fonda-Fultonville 12 13 14 12 — 51

Northville 7 16 8 19 — 50

Fonda-Fultonville

Canale 6-0-16, Atty 3-0-8, Araya 4-0-8, Couture 2-0-4, Mancini 4-2-10, DiCaprio 1-0-2, Pierce 1-0-3. Totals 21-2-51.

Northville

Kalkbrenner 3-4-10, Reidell 4-1-10, Jetty 8-5-21, Wadsworth 2-0-6, Klingbeil 1-1-3. Totals 18-11-50.

3-point goals: Fonda-Fultonville 7 (Canale 4, Atty 2, Pierce); Northville 3 (Wadsworth 2, Reidell).

Schoharie 68, Canajoharie 60

CANAJOHARIE — Luke VanSlyke poured in 27 points for the Cougars but it was enough as Schoharie countered with a 33-point effort from Mitchell Barton in the WAC victory.

Isaiah Logan finished with 16 points for Canajoharie, while Shane Helmstadt added 14 for the Indians.

Schoharie 68, Canajoharie 60

Schoharie 11 22 15 20 — 68

Canajoharie 10 8 17 25 — 60

Schoharie

Alecio 3-0-7, Barton 9-9-33, Helmstadt 6-0-14, Jankowski 1-3-5, VanDerwerken 2-2-6, Williams 1-1-3. Totals 22-15-68.

Canajoharie

Hohensheldt 1-1-3, Logan 7-2-16, Nare 1-4-6, O’Neil 1-0-3, Shariff 2-0-4, VanSlyke 10-5-27, Yacobucci 0-1-1. Totals 22-13-60.

3-point goals: Schoharie 9 (Barton 6, Helmstadt 2, Alescio); Canajoharie 3 (VanSlyke 2, Yacobucci).

MVAC

Crown Point 63, Wells 46

CROWN POINT — Jake LaDeau finished with a team-high 20 points to power Crown Point to a Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference victory over Wells.

The Panthers led 36-26 at the half on their way to the victory.

Zach Spaulding had 10 points for Crown Point.

Tre Zimmerman scored a game-high 22 points to lead Wells (0-3 overall, 0-2 MVAC).

Crown Point 63, Wells 46

Wells

Foster 2-0-5, C. Stuart 3-6-12, Zimmerman 10-2-22, Bilerman 0-0-0, R. Bolebruch 0-1-1, Kennedy 2-2-6. Totals 17-11-46.

Crown Point

DeBrobander 1-0-3, Celotti 2-4-9, Pertak 4-0-8, Dushane 3-0-6, Spaulding 4-0-10, Crammond 3-1-7, LaDeau 9-1-20. Totals 26-6-63.

3-point goals: Crown Point 5 (Spaulding 2, DeBrobander, Celotti, LaDeau); Wells 1 (Foster).

Halftime: Crown Point, 36-26.

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