Sir Bills hold off Bulldogs, pick up first win

Johnstown's Noah Massey, center, goes up for a shot as South Glens Falls' Nate Baldwin (23) and Kevin Amberger defend during Tuesday's Foothills Council game at Warren Street Elementary School in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Johnstown's Noah Massey, center, goes up for a shot as South Glens Falls' Nate Baldwin (23) and Kevin Amberger defend during Tuesday's Foothills Council game at Warren Street Elementary School in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — Having lost its first two games of the season, the Johnstown boys basketball team picked up its first win Tuesday.

The Sir Bills outlasted South Glens Falls, 58-50, in a Foothills Council contest at Warren Street Elementary School.

“It’s always nice to get a win,” Guzielek said. “It’s tough to win in this league.”

Joshua Hoyt led Johnstown with 13 points, while Matthew Boyle finished with 12 points.

Sam Maziejka scored a game-high 27 points to lead South Glens Falls, while Cameron Becerril added 10 points.

Johnstown got off to a quick start Tuesday, jumping out to an 8-1 advantage.

South Glens Falls chipped away at its deficit, outscoring the Sir Bills 6-2 over the final 2:35 of the first quarter to trail 10-7 heading into the second.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 10-10 when Becerril hit a 3-pointer to start the second quarter.

South Glens Falls took its only lead of the game moments later when Becerril hit one of two free throws to make it 11-10.

Johnstown answered with a 6-0 run that included four points from Hoyt to make it 16-11.

The Bulldogs responded with a 6-0 flurry their own to retake the lead. Maziejka capped the surge with a 3-pointer, starting a stretch of 21 straight points for him over the second and third quarters.

“Maziejka is a tough matchup for us,” Guzielek said. “He’s a good players, but I thought we made him work for everything.”

Despite Maziejka’s efforts, Johnstown closed the first half with a 12-8 run to grab a 28-25 lead at the break.

The Sir Bills scored seven quick points to start the second half to push their lead to 35-25 with 6:03 left in the quarter.

Maziejka scored the first 10 points of the second half for the Bulldogs to keep his team within striking distance, as they trailed 40-37 after three quarters.

The game remained tight throughout the final quarter as South Glens Falls trailed by two at 50-48 with 1:12 to play.

South Glens Falls managed to stay in the game despite foul trouble that saw Maziejka, Nate Baldwin and Kevin Amberger all foul out.

However, Johnstown outscored the Bulldogs 8-2 in the final minute, hitting 8 of 10 free throws.

Johnstown converted 12 of 17 from the line in the fourth quarter and 22 of 35 from the line for the game.

“It was good to be able to get to the line and make free throws,” Guzielek said.

Johnstown (1-2 overall, 1-1 Foothills) is scheduled to host Amsterdam on Friday at 7 p.m. at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

“We have to slow the game down and stay composed,” Guzielek said.

South Glens Falls (0-2 Foothills) returns to the area Friday, visiting Broadalbin-Perth for a 7 p.m. contest.

Johnstown 58, South Glens Falls 50

South Glens Falls 7 18 12 13 — 50

Johnstown 10 8 12 18 — 58

South Glens Falls

Maniacek 1-1-3, Maziejka 11-3-27, Becerril 4-1-10, Keenan 1-0-2, Baldwin 0-1-1, Amberger 1-1-3, Nolan 0-1-1, Patton 1-1-3. Totals 19-9-50.

Johnstown

Wager 0-5-5, Porter 1-4-6, Wilson 3-2-9, Massey 0-1-1, Hoyt 4-5-13, Boyle 4-3-12, Feinour 3-0-6, Castillo 1-2-4, Orsell 1-0-2. Totals 17-22-58.

3-point goals: South Glens Falls 3 (Maziejka 2, Becerril); Johnstown 2 (Wilson, Boyle).

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