Glens Falls hands Gloversville first loss, 89-78
Bouchard nets 29 for Dragons, scores 1,000th career point
GLENS FALLS — Coming off a successful trip to New York City and claiming the Columbia Prep Tournament title, the Gloversville Dragons were ready for an early-season showdown with the Glens Falls Indians.
The Dragons rallied from a 12-point first-quarter deficit to tie the game just before halftime. The Indians sprinted out to a 16-point advantage midway through the third quarter but could not maintain the advantage as Gloversville rallied back to close the gap to four points, 82-78, with 1:44 left to play.
The defending Foothills Council champions dug in, making 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to go with a basket from Joe Girard III to pick up a hard-fought 89-78 victory in Foothills Council action Tuesday night at Glens Falls High School.
“I think they are one of the best teams in Section 2, but so are we,” Gloversville coach Aric Kucel said. “It was a hard-fought battle, very physical. It was one of those game that we will learn from and get better. These guys will never back down. We are built for these kind of games.”
During Tuesday’s game, Gloversville junior Dante Bouchard sank a free-throw with 4:44 left in the third quarter for his 1,000th career point. Bouchard is the ninth member of the Gloversville 1,000-point club, joining Bob Miller, Andy Goodemote, Matt Goodemote, Chris Ciaccio, Justin DeMagistris, Ace Barnhill, Matt Baldwin and Harmony Philo.
“He came in as a freshman and did a lot of shooting from the arc,” Coach Kucel said of Bouchard. “His game transformed last year to getting to the basket as well as his long shooting. This year he is much more of a complete player on both sides of the ball. Anything that kid gets, he has earned. He is one of the hardest workers I have ever been around.”
Bouchard finished with 29 points to put his career total at 1,011.
After exchanging early baskets, Glens Falls used its inside game to open an early 12-4 lead. The Indians kept rolling with Trenton Girard connecting for a pair of 3-pointers and Joe Girard III added 10 points to give Glens Falls a 27-17 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Joey Rowback helped bring the Dragons back to within striking distance in an aggressive second quarter delivering eight points, but also picked up his third foul as did Anderson Jones and Bouchard.
Gloversville put up 21 points in the quarter with Julien Deumaga connecting for a game-tying 3-pointer with 45-seconds left in the half.
However, Brendon Quirk scored his lone basket of the game with 20-seconds left in the half to give the Indians a 41-39 lead at the break.
Bouchard, who needed 18 points coming into the game to reach the 1,000-point milestone, finished the opening half with 15 points, eight of which came from the free-throw line. Joe Girard finished the opening half with 14 points for the Indians.
Rowback kept his hot hand early in the third quarter, scoring the first six points for Gloversville in the second half and the Indians countered with a pair of baskets from Nick Danahy and a field goal and 3-pointer from JGIII for a 50-45 lead.
Bouchard again found himself making trips to the free-throw line, where he made his first three attempts to reach the scoring milestone and put the score at 54-50 in favor of the Indians with 4:44 left in the third period.
Glens Falls got a quick scoring spurt from Girard III as he put up 10 unanswered points and Danahy added a basket before Bouchard drove for a lay up to end the run with the Indians up 66-52.
With Jones hitting a 3-pointer and Bouchard and Deumaga having success at the free-throw line, the Dragons outscored Glens Falls 7-2 in the final two minutes to cut the lead to 68-59 heading into the fourth quarter.
Jones hit a field goal in the opening seconds of the final stanza to close the gap to seven before JGIII hit a field goal and Trenton Girard hit a 3-pointer to take the lead back to double-figures, 73-61.
The Indians again put together a short run to take their lead to 77-63 before Bouchard hit from behind the arc to again break the run.
The Dragons seemed to get a spark from an unexpected source when Kayden Ruggeri blocked a lay-up attempt by the Indians’ Kyle Vachon.
Following the defensive play, the Dragons went on a 12-2 run to pull to within four points, 82-78, before Glens Falls coach Rob Girard called a timeout to settle his team down for the final 1:44 of the game.
Off the time out, the Indians slowed the pace down and worked the ball inside, where David Barclay drew a foul and made 1-of-2 attempts and Girard III added a short jumper to build an 85-78 lead with 1:08 left to play.
The Dragons suffered a setback when Bouchard picked up his fifth foul on a double-foul call with Trenton Girard.
Glens Falls closed out the game with JGIII and Vachon converting on their free throws to lock up the 89-78 win.
Girard III finished with 41 points for Glens Falls with two 3-pointers and an 11-for-12 performance from the free-throw line. Trenton Girard had 15 points, all coming from behind the 3-point line and Danahy had 13 points and eight rebounds.
Bouchard led the Gloversville scorers with 29 points including three 3-pointers and a 14-for-16 effort from the free-throw line. Rowback finished with 16 points and five rebounds, while Deumaga had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with 11 points from Jones and seven rebounds from Ruggeri.
“The second quarter we executed really well defensively, just out of the gate we gave up I think eight quick points,” Kucel said. “After that we settled in just a lot of stuff didn’t go our way tonight. It is just one of those things. “
Gloversville and Glens Falls are slated to meet again on Jan. 19. at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany as part of the SLAM North-South Classic.
Glens Falls (2-0, 2-0) will return to their home court Friday, hosting Hudson Falls before taking to the road to play Johnstown Tuesday and Amsterdam next Friday.
The Dragons (3-1 overall, 1-1 Foothills) will play Scotia-Glenville in their home opener Friday night, before hitting the road again to play Queensbury Tuesday and Schuylerville next Friday.
“This is a very resilient team and we will bounce back and be ready to go,” Kucel said. “We are excited to be playing at home finally.”
Glens Falls 89, Gloversville 78
Gloversville 18 21 20 19 — 78
Glens Falls 27 14 27 21 — 89
Bouchard 6-14-29, Stanfield 2-0-4, Deumaga 5-1-14, Ruggeri 1-0-2, Warner 1-0-2, Rowback 7-2-16, Jones 4-2-11. Totals: 26-19-78.
Barclay 3-1-7, J. Girard III 14-11-41, T. Girard 5-0-15, C. Girard 2-0-4, Donahy 5-3-13, Quirk 1-0-2, Vachon 2-3-7. Totals: 32-18-89.
3-point goals: Gloversville 7 (Dante Bouchard 3, Julien Deumaga 3, Anderson Jones); Glens Falls 7 (Trenton Girard 5, Joe Girard III 2).