Girard scores 56 to lead Glens Falls past B-P
BROADALBIN — Glens Falls senior Joe Girard III has been scoring at a high clip all season, and that did not change in the Indians 94-67 Foothills Council victory over the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots Friday night at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
Girard III, who will attend Syracuse University next year, ended with a game high 56 points, three points shy of tying his season high. He is currently on a four-game 50-plus point streak.
“Coach preaches to us how with each and every game you have to play your hardest like it is your last and just Glens Falls basketball and we did that tonight,” Girard III said. “It’s the second half of the season and we have nine seniors on this team and it’s time to just get things clicking and rolling as the season winds down.”
In the first half, Girard III dictated how the game would play out as he outscored the entire Patriots team 44-38 heading into the locker room. The Indians added an additional 19 points to bring the halftime score to 63-48.
“When we are shooting well, we are tough to beat,” Glens Falls head coach Rob Girard said. “In the first half we got a few shots to fall which sparked our defensive energy.”
The Patriot fell into an early hole as they trailed 13-30 when the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter. While the Indians got 16 points from Girard III, they got seven more from their big-man Brenden Quirk who finished the night with nine total.
In the second quarter, the Patriots tried to chase down Girard III with double teams and tightly contested shots but he gashed them for 28 points with the help of six 3-pointers.
“He [Girard III] shot absolute lights out in that second quarter,” said Broadalbin-Perth head coach Tucker Gifford. “I thought we did a good job at giving him contested shots and he just buried them.”
Jackson Sassanella tried to keep the Patriots head above water in the quarter, scoring eight points. He ended the night with a team-high 20 points.
“He [Sassanella] was aggressive tonight, said Gifford. “He drove the ball and was able to finish and he didn’t shy away from going in there and it’s huge because we are going to need him to provide that spark and additional offense as the season goes on.”
Coming out of halftime, Broadalbin-Perth showed their fight and determination as they had success guarding the Indians as well as Girard III and outscored Glens Falls 14-11 in the quarter.
Still with a 22-point lead to start the final quarter the Indians connected on four 3-point attempts, with two of them coming from David Barclay who finished with eight points.
For Glens Falls, they continue to put together a strong season improving to 12-1 overall and 11-0 in the Foothills Council.
Even though the score might tell a different story, Glens Falls knows that winning this game was important.
“Every win in this conference is huge,” coach Girard said. “We got some long distances to travel sometimes and getting off to a hot start against those teams and doing so on the road means a lot.”
Broadalbin-Perth looks to bounce back from the loss with a win Tuesday when they travel to take on the Amsterdam Rams.
“We got eight games left to make our case of how we want to end the season,” Gifford said. “Everybody on this team works hard and their doing the right things and we have the right leadership and we are going to keep plugging away.”
Glens Falls 94, Broadalbin-Perth 67
Glens Falls 30 33 11 20 — 94
Broadalbin-Perth 13 25 14 15 — 67
Barclay 3-0-8, Wiggins 1-0-2, Bren 1-0-2, J. Girard 17-12-56, T. Girard 2-0-6, C. Girard 1-0-2, McClements 1-2-4, Quirk 4-1-9, Vachon 1-2-4. Totals 31-17-94.
Sassanella 5-8-20, Buyce 1-2-4, Wert 2-0-4, Benton 3-0-9, DiCaterino 0-2-2, Calderone 5-8-18, Geren 4-2-10. Totals 20-22-67.
3-point goals: Glens Falls 15 (J. Girard 10, Barclay 2, T. Girard 2, Bren); Broadalbin-Perth 5 (Benton 3, Sassanella 2).