Boys Basketball Roundup: Girard scores 48 to power Glens Falls past Gloversville

Gloversville's Joey Rowback (23) is boxed in by Glens Falls' David Barclay (4), Noah Balcom and Joe Girard III as he drives to the hoop during the first quarter of Tuesday's Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Dragons had a game plan to slow Glens Falls’ Joseph Girard III in Tuesday’s Foothills Council game.

The plan worked in the opening quarter as the Dragons held Girard to a pair of field goals and two points from the free-throw line as they won the opening quarter 12-10.

Then the high-scoring junior found his range and poured in 18 of his game-high 48 points in the second quarter to lead the Indians to a 74-53 Foothills Council victory Tuesday night at Gloversville High School.

“I thought we did a really nice job with our game plan,” Gloversville coach Aric Kucel said. “Defensively, we wanted to make it tough for Joe, he is such a great player and shooter. We wanted to challenge him and make it tough. He is going to score, but we wanted to contain the rest of the guys and keep them around 20 to 25 points and they got 26. He shot 25 percent from the floor. We made it tough for him but they killed us on the boards and got a lot more shots than us.”

Girard’s 48 points brings his career total to 2,251, 122 behind Gloversville’s Chris Ciaccio in fourth place among the Section II all-time leading scorers with 2,373. Argyle’s Kolbe Lufkin leads the list with 2,678.

The game got off to a rough start for Girard as the Dragons’ Joey Rowback drew an offensive foul from him on his first drive to the basket.

Gloversville put the first points of the game on the board 53 seconds into the game with a 3-pointer from Julien Deumaga.

The Dragons suffered a setback with 2:23 left in the quarter when Rowback was called for his second personal foul of the game and was relegated to the bench. Bubby Royal came off the bench and immediately made his presence known, stealing the ball and driving for a lay-up and then hitting a 3-pointer to help give Gloversville a 12-10 advantage at the end of the quarter.

“We wanted to keep it close with Joey on the bench and protect him a little bit but I think it took him out of his rhythm,” Kucel said. “I kind of blame myself a bit for his point total but he does so much good stuff for us and we need him on the floor.”

Gloversville extended its lead to six with 3-pointers from Dante Bouchard and Anderson Jones sandwiched around a pair of free throws from David Barclay to take an 18-12 lead.

Then Girard began finding his range, scoring 13 of the Indians next 14 points to tie the game at 26 apiece with 2:41 left in the half.

Noah Balcom gave Glens Falls the lead with a layup off an offensive rebound with 2:08 remaining in the quarter.

The Dragons did not allow the Indians to pull away as they stayed within two baskets until the final seconds when Girard hit his third 3-pointer of the quarter to give Glens Falls a 35-28 halftime advantage.

A put back from Girard and a conversion of a turnover by Justin Holness in the first 30 seconds of the second half quickly grew the Indians lead to double-digits, 39-28.

Bouchard and Rowback brought the Dragons back to within six points of the Indians midway through the quarter, however , Girard added 12 more points to his game total to help the Indians carry a 53-44 lead into the final period.

Bouchard connected for eight of the nine Gloversville points in the final stanza but the Dragons could not put a dent in the Indians lead as Girard connected for 12 of the Indians 21 fourth-quarter points to take his game total to 48 and give the Indians the 74-53 victory.

Girard added 12 rebounds to his game stats, while David Barclay had 11 rebounds to go with four points. The Indians were 15-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Bouchard led the Gloversville scorers with 26 points, including four 3-pointers, while Deumaga finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Dragons were 8-for 13 from the line.

“I thought all the guys played really hard and stuck with the game play,” Kucel said. “We had contributions from a lot of different guys. Julien was impressive tonight; Anderson, Esean [Brown] and Broderick [Royal] all did some good things and Dante creating plays helped.”

Gloversville (0-2 overall, 0-2 Foothills) will take to the road for the first time this season Friday night for a league game at Scotia-Glenville (1-1), while the Indians (2-0, 2-0) will look for their third straight win Friday night at Hudson Falls.

“We are not rattled at all,” Kucel said. “We knew these first two games [Amsterdam and Glens Falls] were going to be tough and challenging. It just kind of set the gauge for us to see where we are at. They are two of the better teams in the league and I feel like we can compete with anybody.”

Glens Falls 74, Gloversville 53

Glens Falls 10 25 18 21 — 74

Gloversville 12 16 16 9 — 53

Glens Falls

Holness 2-1-5, Balcom 2-0-4, Barclay 1-2-4, J. Girard III 15-12-48, T. Girard 1-0-3, C. Girard 1-0-2, Quirk 2-0-4. Totals 26-15-74.


Bouchard 9-4-26, Deumaga 3-3-10, Royal 2-1-6, Rowback 2-0-4, Jones 3-0-7. Totals:19-8-53.

3-point goals: Glens Falls 7 (J. Girard 6, T. Girard); Gloversville 7 (Bouchard 4, Deumaga, Royal, Jones).

Amsterdam 62, Broadalbin-Perth 44

AMSTERDAM — Broadalbin-Perth rallied back from being outscored 19-10 in the first quarter to make it a three-point game heading into the fourth quarter.

However, the Rams came up with their strongest effort off the night, outscoring the patriots 21-6 to improve to 2-0 overall and in the Foothills Council Tuesday night at Amsterdam High School.

Ozzy DeJesus led the Rams with 20 points, while Louis Fedullo had 12, Jeff Brennan had 11 and Deanthony Colon finished with 10.

Dante Calderone paced the Broadalbin-Perth (0-2, 0-2) scorers with 15 points, while Troy Monroe finished with 13.

The Patriots are scheduled to host South Glens Falls on Friday at 7:30 p.m., while Amsterdam is set to face Johnstown at FMCC at 7:30 p.m.

Amsterdam 62, Broadalbin-Perth 44

Broadalbin-Perth 10 9 19 6 — 44

Amsterdam 19 10 12 21 — 62


Calderone 6-2-15, Coon 4-0-8, Monroe 5-1-13, Munn 1-0-3, Sassanella 2-0-5. Totals: 18-3-44.


Brennan 4-2-11, Brown 4-1-9, Colon 4-0-10, DeJesus 9-2-20, Fedullo 6-0-12. Totals: 27-5-62.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 5 (Monroe 2, Calderone, Munn, Sassanella); Amsterdam 3 (Colon 2, Brennan).

Queensbury 52, Scotia-Glenville 36

SCOTIA — After being held to just two points in the second quarter, Queensbury recovered to outscore the Tartans 30-17 in the second half to lock up a Foothills Council victory at Scotia-Glenville High School.

Jeffrey VanAnden led the Spartans with 21 points, while Matt Chase chipped in with 10.

Christian Corker delivered a game-high 22 points for Scotia-Glenville.

Queensbury 52, Scotia-Glenville 36

Queensbury 20 2 16 14 — 52

Scotia-Glenville 10 9 10 7 — 36


B. Bleibtrey 1-0-3, C. Bleibtrey 4-0-9, Chase 4-1-10, Conway 3-0-7, Scotto-Lavino 1-0-2, VanAnden 8-3-21. Totals 21-4-52.


Caldwell 1-0-3, Corker 6-7-22, Freschette 1-0-2, Frisoni 2-0-5, LeMorta 2-0-4. Totals 12-7-36.

3-point goals: Queensbury 6 (VanAnden 2, B. Bleibtrey, C. Bleibtrey, Chase, Conway); Scotia-Glenville 5 (Corker 3, Caldwell, Frisoni).

Schuylerville 61, Hudson Falls 40

SCHUYLERVILLE — Stratton Sherman led a trio of players in double figures in the Black Horses victory over Hudson Falls.

Sherman finished with a game-high 24 points, while Nick Budesheim scored 13 and Paul Harshbarger added 11.

Tariq Minix and Riley Maddison finished with 14 points apiece for Hudson Falls.

Schuylerville 61, Hudson Falls 42

Hudson Falls 13 11 8 10 — 42

Schuylerville 17 15 16 13 — 61

Hudson Falls

Beagle 2-0-4, Hermanson 2-0-6, Hill 2-0-4, Maddison 6-1-14, Minix 6-2-14. Totals 17-3-40.


Baldwin 2-0-5, Budesheim 6-1-13, Harshbarger 5-1-11, King 2-0-4, Mason 2-0-4, Sherman 9-4-24. Totals 26-6-61.

3-point goals: Hudson Falls 3 (Hermanson 2, Maddison); Schuylerville 3 (Sherman 2, Baldwin).