Boys Basketball Roundup: Braves rout Hilltoppers in home opener

Fonda-Fultonville's Tyler Blowers, left, drives past Fort Plain's Jaxson Yacowenia during Wednesday's Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

FONDA — The Fonda-Fultonville boys basketball team opened its Western Athletic Conference season Wednesday night playing host to the Hilltoppers of Fort Plain.

Behind 23 points from sophomore Jackson Atty and an aggressive man-to-man defense, the Braves christened their new court with a win as they rolled over Fort Plain by a score of 65-29.

“It was the first win on this court and it nice to say we were part of the team that got that win,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Eric Wilson said of his home opener.

The Braves had nine different players score to contribute to the win.

Fonda-Fultonville struck first when Angelo Canale hit a 3-pointer just 12 seconds into the game. After Fort Plain took the lead with baskets from Adan Vasquez and Jaxson Yacowenia, the Braves responded with baskets from Nikolas Couture and Atty to give the Braves a 7-4 lead in a hectic period. With 5:11 remaining, Wilson called a time out.

Wilson told his team, “Let’s just settle ourselves down and be patient.”

“I think we were rushing a little bit ,but once we settled down and took our time ,things opened up,” he said.

That proved to be great advice as the Braves went on to outscore the Hilltoppers 12-4 for the rest of the quarter.

Fonda-Fultonville got baskets from Couture, Mitch Araya and Terrance Pierce. Pierce and Atty each added 3 pointers while Vasquez and Yacowenia both added a pair of free throws for Fort Plain to make the first quarter score 19-8.

The Braves’ offense continued its momentum into the second quarter while their defense held the Hilltoppers to just 5 points in the quarter. Fonda-Fultonville started the period with an 8-0 run getting a basket from Dylan Hamlen and six more points from Atty to open the score to 27- 8. Yacowenia made a free throw to get the Hilltoppers on the board but Couture scored and Atty hit another 3 point shot to give the Braves a 23-point lead with 2:39 remaining in the half.

Isaiah Norton scored for Fort Plain and after Atty made a free throw, Yacowenia added another bucket. Araya added another bucket to close out the first-half scoring with the score 35-13.

Atty scored 10 of his game high 23 points in the second quarter.

Atty missed all of last year with an injury, and his return to the team has proven to be a spark for the Braves.

“He’s just a great player. He’s got a great IQ,” Wilson said. “His best quality is that he is a humble and unselfish player who just loves the game.”

The second half proved to be more of the same for both teams. While Fort Plain struggled to get their shots to fall the Braves just kept on rolling. Couture hit two free throws, John Mancini scored and Canale added another bucket to start the Braves on a 6-0 run. Norton scored with 4:16 left and then Atty answered with five more points to put Fonda-Fultonville ahead by 31 points. Yacowenia made a free throw and Norton tacked on another basket for the Hilltoppers making the score 46-18. Couture scored with 1:01 left in the quarter and then Norton hit a foul shot for Fort Plain. Atty ended the quarter by scoring a basket and a foul shot to make the score 51-19.

The fourth quarter saw both teams getting reserve players some valuable minutes of playing time.

Couture started the scoring for the Braves with a basket and Hamlen scored to put the Braves ahead by 36 points. Dan Kilmartin made a foul shot and Yacowenia hit a bucket for the Hilltoppers but the Braves responded with two 3-point baskets from Pierce and a basket by Josh Coyne.

Fort Plain’s Dayton Handy made a free throw and Hunter Logan scored with 1:39 to go in the game. Handy and Logan each made two more foul shots for the Hilltoppers while Jonathon Flander hit two free throws to make the final score 65-29.

Although the score seemed lopsided, Wilson was quick to praise the Fort Plain team for their efforts. “They’re quick from top to bottom,” he said. “They’re aggressive and they play hard.”

Fonda-Fultonville (2-0 overall, 1-0 WAC) will host Galway on Friday night, while Fort Plain (1-2 overall, 0-1) will be home against Middleburgh.

Both games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Fonda-Fultonville 65, Fort Plain 29

Fort Plain 8 5 6 10 — 29

Fonda-Fultonville 19 16 16 14 — 65

Fort Plain

Yacowenia 3-4-10, Kilmartin 0-1-1, Norton 3-1-7, Vasquez 1-2-4, Handy 0-3-3, Logan 1-2-4. Totals


Canale 2-0-5, Coyne 1-0-2, Atty 7-5-23, Flander 0-2-2, Araya 2-0-4, Couture 5-2-12, Mancini 1-0-2; Pierce 4-0-11, Hamlen 2-0-4. Totals

3-point goals: Fort Plain — none; Fonda-Fultonville 8 (Atty 4, Pierce 3, Canale).

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 66, Northville 47

NORTHVILLE — Devyn Jones finished with 24 points to lead Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville to a WAC victory over Northville.

Elias Sanchez scored 20 points for OESJ, while Tyler Leon added 11 points.

Andy Klingbeil scored 13 points to lead Northville, while Lucas Jetty had 11 points. Michael Kalkbrenner added 10 points for the Falcons.

Northville is slated to travel to Berne-Knox-Westerlo on Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 66, Northville 47

OESJ 20 11 19 16 — 66

Northville 15 12 15 5 — 47


Brundage 2-0-5, Mosher 1-0-3, Jones 8-3-24, Sanchez 9-2-20, Leon 5-1-11; Cooper 1-0-3. Totals 26-6-66.


Kalkbrenner 4-1-10, Reidell 3-0-8, Jetty 5-1-11, Wadsworth 2-0-5, Klingbeil 5-2-13. Totals 20-4-47.

3-point goals: OESJ 5 (Jones 2, Brundage, Mosher, Cooper); Northville 5, Reidell, Kalkbrenner, Wadsworth, Klingbeil).

Mayfield 60, Galway 53, OT

GALWAY — Trevon Gifford finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead Mayfield to a WAC victory over Galway.

Garret Delaney scored 24 points for the Panthers, who improved to 4-1 overall and -0 in WAC play.

Thor White scored 31 points to lead Galway, while Jake Restivo added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Mayfield 60, Galway 53, OT

Mayfield 5 18 12 10 15 — 60

Galway 7 10 14 14 8 — 53


Delaney 7-9-24, Gates 0-2-2, Lehr 3-0-6, Goodemote 1-0-2, Gifford 9-7-26. Totals 20-18-60.


White 9-6-31, Sowle 3-0-6, Restivo 5-2-12, Matthews 1-0-2, Hines 1-0-2. Totals 19-8-53.

3-point goals: Mayfield 2 (Delaney, Gifford); Galway 7 (White 7)

Duanesburg 81, Canajoharie 46

CANAJOHARIE — Boone Lynch finished with 16 points to lead Duanesburg to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Canajoharie.

Duanesburg led 24-3 after one quarter on its way to the win.

Alex Onorati had 12 points for the Eagles, while Greg Cornelius and Tyler Martin each had 10.

Isaiah Logan scored 12 points to lead Canajoharie.

Duanesburg 81, Canajoharie 46

Duanesburg 24 17 14 26 — 81

Canajoharie 3 15 17 11 — 46


Boyea 2-1-5, Cornelius 3-4-10, Gamache 1-1-3, Lenehan 2-3-7, Lombardoni 3-3-9, Lynch 7-2-16, Martin 4-1-10, Montgomery 3-3-9, Onorati 5-2-12. Totals 30-19-81.


Hohensheldt 1-4-7, Logan 5-1-12, O’Neil 1-0-3, Shariff 2-0-6, VanSlyke 2-3-7, Wolfkiel 1-3-5, Yacobucci 2-2-6. Totals 14-13-46.

Three-point goals: Duanesburg 1 (Martin); Canajoharie 5 (Shariff 2, Hohensheldt, Logan, O’Neil).

Bishop Gibbons 75, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 65, OT

SCHENECTADY — Noah Foster and Nacier Hundley each scored 17 points to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to an overtime victory Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

Alex Cooper scored 16 points for the Golden Knights, while Todd Williamson had 10.

Slade Pulliam totaled 23 points for BKW, while Pat Meehan added 16 points.

Bishop Gibbons 75, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 65, OT

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 20 6 15 20 4 — 65

Bishop Gibbons 21 9 17 14 13 — 73


E. Pulliam 2-0-5, S. Puliam 7-6-23, Becker 1-1-4, Flower 3-0-6, Atwi 0-3-3, Hilton 1-6-8, Meehan 4-7-15. Totals 18-23-64.

Bishop Gibbons

Hundley 5-7-17, Foster 7-3-17, Cain 1-0-2, Williamson 2-6-10, Sexton 3-3-9, Cooper 8-0-16, Priest 1-0-2. Totals 27-17-74.

3-point goals: Berne-Knox-Westerlo 5 (S. Pulliam 3, Becker, E, Pulliam); Bishop Gibbons — none.