Top-seeded Amsterdam shakes off slow start to defeat Bishop Maginn, 92-65

Bishop Maginn's Isaiah Johnson (30) challenges Amsterdam's Willie Brown (1) as he puts up a shot from under the basket during a Section II Class A quarterfinal game Sunday at Hudson Valley Community College. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

TROY — It took a while for top-seeded Amsterdam to get into the flow of the game, but once the Running Rams did, they had little trouble getting past No. 9 Bishop Maginn in the quarter-final round of the Section II Class A tournament Sunday at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Griffins took advantage of Amsterdam’s sluggish start to take a17-12 first-quarter lead. Amsterdam found its footing midway through the second quarter to take a 42-34 halftime lead and did not let up as they pulled away in the second half for a 92-65 victory.

“I don’t like to make excused, I don’t believe in them,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said. “But [in the first quarter] we looked like we hadn’t played in 12 days. For today, the result is the result and we are happy. Now, we have got to move forward.”

After receiving a first-round bye, the Rams have been idle since their 78-63 victory over Schuylerville on Feb. 13.

With Sunday’s win Amsterdam (17-5) advances to the Class A semifinal round where they will play rival Gloversville (15-6) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cooling Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.

Amsterdam's Ozzy DeJesus puts up a shot over Bishop Maginn's Joab Springsteen as the Rams' Louis Fedullo (11) and the Griffins' Curtis McMullen (44) close on the play during a Section II Class A quarterfinal game Sunday at Hudson Valley Community College. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Gloversville and Amsterdam split their Foothills Council regular-season games with Amsterdam winning the first game 69-62 and the Dragons winning the second in overtime, 85-79.

Jones said facing there is more at stake this time when the local rivals meet.

“We are at much higher stakes right now,” Jones said. “We are playing to move on to a sectional final. Whoever we were going to play next, we were going to have to be ready to play, because in the sectional Final Four, they are all going to be great teams.”

Amsterdam opened Sunday’s quarterfinal game with baskets from Ozzy DeJesus and Louis Fedullo that were answered by the Griffins Dominique Threatt and Isaiah Johnson. Bishop Maginn then made the most of the opportunities afford them by the Running Rams to go on a 13-6 run and lead 17-12 after the opening period.

“Give Bishop Maginn credit,” Jones said. “The made the most of our mistakes.”

The Rams used a high-pressure press against the Griffins early in the second quarter to jump-start their offense as they capitalized on turnovers to outscore Bishop Maginn 30-17 in the quarter and build a 42-34 advantage at the break.

Amsterdam continued to roll at the start of the second half with DeJesus putting up 16 of the Rams 33 points in the quarter to push the lead to 30 points, 75-45 heading into the final period.

Threatt found his long-range shooting touch in the final period for the Griffins, hitting three 3-pointers as he accounted for 11 of Bishop Maginn’s 20 fourth-quarter points. However, the Rams utilized their bench to close of the 92-65 victory and advance to the Class A Final Four.

Threatt led the Griffins with 27 points,while Bobby Frazier finished with 11 and Joan Springsteen added eight points.

DeJesus led the Amsterdam scorers with 33 points, five rebounds and four steals, while Fedullo had 23 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Willie Brown turned in a strong overall game with 23 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

“That is every game with Willie. that sticks out,” Jones said. “His passes and Deanathony’s [Colon] passes meant we were able to make good on our steals, which in the first half was not the case.”

Amsterdam 92, Bishop Maginn 65

Bishop Maginn 17 17 11 20 — 65

Amsterdam 12 30 33 17 — 92

Bishop Maginn

Thompson 1-1-3, Davis 1-1-3, Threatt 11-2-27, Frazier 3-5-11, Johnson 3-0-6, Springsteen 4-0-8, McMullen 2-1-7. Totals: 25-10-65.


Brown 9-4-23, Colon 1-0-3, Bradt 2-1-5, Sailey 0-1-1, Fedullo 10-3-23, DeJesus 15-2-33, Green 0-2-2, Giamio 1-0-2. Totals: 38-13-92.

3-point goals: Bishop Maginn 5 (Dominique Threatt 3, Curtis McMullen 2); Amsterdam 3 (Willie Brown, Deanthony Colon, Ozzy DeJesus).