Quick start lifts Rams past Sir Bills
By JAMES A. ELLIS
JOHNSTOWN — Fast starts to each half provided the Amsterdam Rams the energy they needed against the Johnstown Sir Bills.
The Rams bolted out to a 19-4 first-quarter lead then came off the break with a pair of baskets by Ozzy DeJesus in the first 25 seconds as they rolled to a 73-47 victory over the Sir Bills Friday night at the Fulton-Montgomery Community College gym.
“I think we made the extra pass when we needed to and that led us to a 17-2 lead,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said. “We executed and got the ball where it needed to go and were comfortable shooting the ball.”
Louis Fedullo got the Rams offense going with strong inside play, including a monstrous dunk off a steal and pass from Brown to score 10 of Amsterdam’s 19 first-quarter points.
The Sir Bills made adjustments heading into the second quarter to slow down the Rams inside game.
Victor Orsell picked up the scoring for Johnstown, delivering six points and grabbing a pair of key rebounds. The Amsterdam shooters adjusted by going outside with Brown connecting on pair of 3-pointers while Ryan Bradt and Andrew Giamio also hit from behind the arc to help Amsterdam carry a 42-21 lead into the locker room at the break.
DeJesus put four quick points on the board in the second half off a pair of turnovers in the opening 25 seconds. forcing Johnstown coach Matt Guzielek to call a timeout to regroup his squad.
The Sir Bills settled down but the Rams shooters again found the range from the outside with Deanthony Colon hitting a pair of 3-pointers and Kevin Perez connected from behind the arc in the final seconds to put the Rams up 63-30 heading into the final quarter.
The Sir Bills cut into the Amsterdam lead in the fourth quarter with Ethan Wager delivering nine of Johnstown’s 17 points in the final eight minutes as the Rams closed out the 73-47 Foothills Council victory.
DeJesus finished the night with 21 points for the Rams (3-0 overall, 3-0 Foothills), while Fedullo had 12, Colon 11 and Brown added 10 points.
“We got a lot of minutes out of everybody,” Jones said. “Everyone doesn’t see how hard all these guys work in practice and to get everybody involved is what we really want.”
Wager paced the Sir Bills (1-3 overall, 0-3 Foothills) with 14 points, while Orsell and Trey Stover finished with eight points apiece.
Amsterdam takes to the road for a pair of Foothills Council games at South Glens Falls on Tuesday and against Glens Falls on Friday.
Johnstown will continue its homestand at FMCC hosting Glens Falls on Tuesday and Broadalbin-Perth on Friday.
Both games are scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m.
Amsterdam 73, Johnstown 47
Amsterdam 19 23 21 10 — 73
Johnstown 4 17 9 17 — 47
Brown 4-0-10, Colon 4-1-11, Bradt 2-0-5, Sailey 0-1-1, Fedullo 5-2-12, DeJesus 10-11-21, Villa-Valles 0-1-1, Giamio 2-1-7, Perez 2-0-5. Totals: 29-7-73.
Stover 2-4-8, Wager 5-2-14, Porter 1-0-2, Wilson 2-0-5, Massey 0-2-2, Hoyt 0-2-2, Boyle 1-0-2, Feinour 1-0-2, Castillo 1-0-2, Orsell 3-2-8. Totals: 16-12-47.
3-point goals: Amsterdam 8 (Brown 2, Colon 2, Giamio 2, Bradt, Perez); Johnstown 3 (Wager 2, Wilson).