Fonda-Fultonville gets past Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville, 54-49

Fonda-Fultonville’s Andrew Georgia (33) eyes the basket as he cuts between Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Tyler Leon (34) and Jayden Logan-Dillenbeck during Tuesday’s Western Athletic Conference game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — For the second-straight game, the Fonda-Fultonville Braves have faced the challenge of playing top-ranked Western Athletic Conference teams.

Friday, the Braves turned back a challenge from Mayfield, the second-place team behind Fonda-Fultonville in the WAC Hudson Division standings.

Tuesday, the Braves hosted WAC Mohawk Division-leading Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville and survived a fast start by the Wolfpack to run their league record to 6-0 with a 54-49 victory over OESJ at Fonda-Fultonville High School.

“We just talked that this game and the game against Mayfield is not our season and win or lose this is not going to determine our season,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Eric Wilson said. “But what it does do is it puts us in a good spot. We have some momentum. We beat two good teams and we are gaining some confidence. “

OESJ (9-3 overall, 4-2 WAC) got off to a fast start with Tyler Leon and Travis LaFountain combining for eight points before Jack Brundage added a basket for the Wolfpack to put Fonda-Fultonville in a 10-2 hole.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Tyler Leon (34) is challenged by Fonda-Fultonville’s Mitch Araya (11) and John Mancini as he puts up a shot during Western Athletic Conference action Tuesday at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The Braves came on in the final minute and with a three-point play from Andrew Georgia in the closing seconds, cut the OESJ lead to 12-9.

During the Braves run, the Wolfpack suffered a setback as Leon picked up his second foul of the opening quarter and would spend the majority of the second quarter on the bench.

That opened the inside for Georgia, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound junior, in the period.

Georgia used a soft hook in the low post for six points and dominated the boards in the period as the Braves outscored OESJ 14-6, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Jackson, to take a 23-18 lead into the locker room at the break.

“He’s a big boy,” Wilson said of Georgia. “He has great footwork, great hands and a great touch. He came into the season not in the best shape because he has been nursing an injury, but he is finally starting to get into basketball playing shape where we can give him extended minutes, and that’s what he can do. He is a strong kid and tough to guard.”

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville’s Jack Brundage (1) tracks Fonda-Fultonville’s Jackson Atty (5) as he works the ball upcourt during Western Athletic Conference action Tuesday at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

OESJ coach Jason Brundage acknowledged Georgia’s impact in the run.

“Tyler was on the bench and that had a lot to do with it,” Coach Brundage said. “He is one of the best players in our division, but we have a good point guard [Jack Brundage] and he did some game management and we got stung with that three and it ended up being a five-point game. He did a lot of the damage with Tyler on the bench.”

The Braves stretched their lead to double-digits, 28-18, early in the second half with the help of a 3-pointer from Jackson Atty.

The Wolfpack kept pace with the Braves and cut the lead to six points, 34-28, heading into the final eight minutes of play.

With just over three minutes left to play Leon finished a three-point play to cut the Braves lead to four, 45-41.

The Braves again looked to Georgia for a boost and he responded with a basket in the paint and an assist to help take the lead up to 49-41 with 95 seconds left to play.

After Mitch Araya converted a pair of free throws to extend the Braves’ lead to 51-41, the Wolves made a final run, outscoring Fonda-Fultonville 8-3 in the final 30 seconds but came up on the short end of the 54-49 final score.

“We have been struggling in the end of the game situations taking care of the ball. Just having a clean end of the game,” Wilson said. “Tonight, I think we did some good things where we got the ball in, didn’t turn it over and made some smart plays. Tonight, I think we took some big steps that way and I am very happy about it.”

Georgia finished with a season-high 17 points and seven rebounds, while Araya finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Atty had three 3-pointers in an 11-point performance, while Angelo Canale chipped in with nine points and five rebounds.

“Nobody likes to lose, but I’m proud of my kids,” coach Brundage said. “Zack Mosher was not feeling well and the only reason I put him on the floor was because he had the heart to show up and get on the floor. Once he got on there, I couldn’t take him off. He gave me everything he had. What more can you ask for out of kids then to give you everything they have for 32 minutes?”

Mosher finished with two points, while Leon led the Wolfpack with 17 and Jack Brundage hit for 11 points to go with nine from LaFountain.

Fonda-Fultonville (9-2 overall, 6-0 WAC) will look to keep its league win streak alive when it travels to Fort Plain Friday night, while OESJ will host Northville in a league contest at 7 p.m. Friday.

Fonda-Fultonville 54, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 49

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 12 6 10 21 — 49

Fonda-Fultonville 9 14 11 20 — 54

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Brundage 5-3-13, LaFountain 4-1-9, Leon 6-5-17, Logan-Dillenbeck 1-2-5, Martin 1-0-3, Mosher 1-0-2. Totals: 18-11-49.

Fonda-Fultonville

Araya 3-4-12, Atty 4-0-11, Canale 3-3-9, Georgia 8-1-17, Mancini 2-1-5. Totals: 20-9-54.

3-point goals: OESJ 2 (Jaedyn Logan-Dillenbeck, Chris Martin); FFCS 5 (Jackson Atty 3, Mitch Araya 2).

Mayfield 50, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 45

MAYFIELD — Trevon Gifford and Garrett Delaney led Mayfield to with a combined 30 points as the Panthers held off Berne-Knox-Westerlo to return to the win column.

Gifford hit for 16 points and Delaney 14 in the victory, while Evan Lehr added eight points.

Ryan Germani paced Berne-Knox-Westerlo with 13 points and Zeke Pulliam finished with 12 and Adam Esposito hit three 3-pointers in his nine-point effort.

Mayfield 50, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 45

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 17 10 10 8 — 45

Mayfield 15 17 11 7 — 50

Berne-Knox-Westerlo

Atwi 1-0-2, Esposito 3-0-9, Germani 5-2-13, Hilton 0-1-1, Insero 1-204, Keyer 2-0-4, Pulliam 4-2-12. Totals: 16-7-45.

Mayfield

Delaney 4-5-14, Gifford 6-3-16, Goodemote 2-0-4, Leach 2-0-4, E. Lehr 3-2-8, Yuret 1-1-4. Totals: 18-11-50.

3-point goals: BKW 6 (Adam Esposito 3, Zeke Pulliam 2, Ryan Germani); Mayfield 3 (Garrett Delaney, Trevon Gifford, Anthony Yuret).

Schoharie 55, Galway 53

GALWAY — Josh Scheuer hit five 3-pointers in his game-high 15 point performance to lead Schoharie to victory over the Golden Eagles.

Erik Malanoski, Carson Scribner and Mike Sowle all hit for 10 points apiece for Galway.

John Blackwood and Skyler Jankowski added 12 points apiece for the Indians.

Schoharie 55, Galway 53

Schoharie 10 20 19 6 — 55

Galway 9 11 16 17 — 53

Schoharie

Blackwood 5-1-12, Griffin 3-0-8, Helmstadt 1-0-2, Jankowski 5-2-12, Scheuer 5-0-15, Simmons 2-0-4, Williams 1-0-2. Totals: 22-3-55.

Galway

Hines 2-0-5, Ingle 1-0-3, Malanoski 4-0-10, O’Connell 1-0-3, Carson Scribner 4-0-10, Carter Scribner 2-4-8, Shader 2-0-4, Sowle 5-0-10. Totals: 21-4-53.

3-point goals: Schoharie 8 (Josh Scheuer 5, Fletcher Griffin 2, John Blackwood); Galway 7 (Erik Malanoski 2, Carson Scribner 2, Christian Hines, Ryan Ingle, David O’Connell).

Canajoharie 78, Middleburgh 55

CANAJOHARIE — Luke VanSlyke delivered a 21-point performance and Joey Nare added 15 points to lead Canajoharie to the Western Athletic Conference victory.

Andrew Jones finished with 20 points for Middleburgh, while Brandan Henry and Jacob Wood added 12 points apiece.

Isaiah Logan chipped in with 10 points for the Cougars.

Canajoharie 78, Middleburgh 55

Middleburgh 13 8 11 23 — 55

Canajoharie 22 19 23 14 — 78

Middleburgh

Bankston 1-1-3, Foland 1-0-2, Henry 5-1-12, Hirsch 1-0-2, Johns 7-4-20, Olsen 1-2-4, Wood 5-0-12. Totals: 21-8-55.

Canajoharie

Ferguson 2-0-4, C. Herget 1-0-3, J. Herget 1-0-2, Hyney 3-0-6, Johnson 4-0-8, Logan 4-0-10, Nare 7-0-15, Prime 3-2-10, VanSlyke 10-0-21, Wolfkiel 0-1-1. Totals: 35-5-78.

3-point goals: Middleburgh 5 (Jacob Wood 2, Andrew Johns 2, Brendan Henry); Canajoharie 3 (Luke VanSlyke, Joey Nare, Christian Herget).

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