Sir Bills notch victory over Queensbury

Johnstown's Keegan Feinour (24) shoots over Queensbury's Matthew Chase during Tuesday's Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — On a night when leading scorer Matthew Boyle was held to just six second-half points, the Johnstown boys basketball team used a balanced effort to post its biggest win of the season.

The Sir Bills posted a 62-60 Foothills Council victory over Queensbury on Tuesday at Johnstown High School. The Spartans had lost just once in Foothills play coming into the game.

“We did a great job as a team tonight,” Johnstown coach Phil Satterlee said. “Everybody who played, and even those who didn’t, all did their jobs.”

Boyle finished with a team-high 20 points for the Sir Bills, who put four players in double figures. Keegan Feinour had 15 points for Johnstown, Ethan Wager netted 13 and Anthony Frasier added 12.

“Obviously, when you have a fantastic scorer like Matthew Boyle, teams are going to adjust to try to shut him down,” Satterlee said. “I thought everyone did a great job playing their roles and playing as a team tonight.”

Johnstown's Ethan Wager (12) drives to the basket as Queensbury's Nathan Johnson defends during Tuesday's Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Johnstown started quickly, getting a 3-pointer from Boyle for the game’s first points.

Queensbury answered with four straight points to take a 4-3 lead before Wager scored back-to-back baskets to make it 7-4.

The game remained tight throughout the opening quarter as the Sir Bills opened up a 14-9 lead only to have the Spartans regain the lead at 17-16.

Boyle ended the opening quarter the same way he started it, sinking a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Johnstown a 19-17 lead heading into the second quarter.

In the second quarter, the Sir Bills surged to a 31-20 lead with a 12-3 run to open the quarter.

Johnstown's Matthew Boyle (23) drives to the hoop as Queensbury's Matthew Chase (2), Bryce Bleibtrey (5) and Thomas Scotto-Lavino, center, defend during Tuesday's Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Boyle hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the flurry, while Feinour scored four points in the run.

However, Queensbury outscored Johnstown 10-2 to finish the first half, leaving the Sir Bills with a 33-30 lead at the break.

Bryce Bleibtrey scored eight of his game-high 25 points in the second quarter for the Spartans.

“Queensbury is a great basketball team,” Satterlee said. “We knew they weren’t going to go away when we got up on them. They turned up the defensive pressure and came after us.”

The Spartans’ momentum carried over into the second half as they got back-to-back 3-pointers from Matthew Chase and Bleibtrey to take a 36-33 lead.

Johnstown responded with a 8-2 burst to retake the lead at 41-38 only to have Bleibtrey tie the game at 41 with a 3-pointer.

The lead see-sawed for the remainder of the quarter as the teams headed into the final frame knotted at 48-48.

Frasier scored six points in the quarter for the Sir Bills, while Wager had five.

Bleibtrey had 10 for the Spartans in the third quarter.

Johnstown started the fourth quarter with a 6-0 burst that forced a Queensbury timeout with 6:55 to play.

After the timeout, the Spartans scored four straight points to pull within two at 54-52 only to have the Sir Bills extend their lead to 58-52 with four straight points. Queensbury got a 3-point from Sean Collins with 1:43 remaining to make it 60-57, but Trey Stover sank a pair of clutch free throws with 1:34 to play to give the Sir Bills a 62-57 advantage.

Boyle had a chance to extend the Johnstown lead, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 22.5 seconds remaining

Collins drew a foul on the other end for the Spartans and made one of two free throws to make it 62-58 with 14.9 seconds to play.

Queensbury scored the game’s final point on a basket by Chase at the buzzer, but the Sir Bills held on for the 62-60 victory.

Collins finished with 14 points for the Spartans, while Chase added 11.

“This was a big win for us as we move into the second half of the season,” Satterlee said.

Johnstown has won four of its last five games. The only blemish was a 79-76 loss at Gloversville on Dec. 21.

“Our goal from day one has been to get better every day,” Satterlee said. “That’s what we’ve done and keep working hard to do.”

Johnstown (5-5 overall, 5-4 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Scotia-Glenville on Friday at 7 p.m. contest. The Sir Bills lost 59-53 to the Tartans in Johnstown on Nov. 30, surrendering a 15-point halftime lead in the process.

Johnstown 62, Queensbury 60

Queensbury 17 13 18 12 — 60

Johnstown 19 14 15 14 — 62


Chase 2-7-11, Bleibtrey 9-4-25, Collins 5-1-14, Scotto-Lavino 2-3-7, Johnson 1-0-3. Totals 19-15-60.


Stover 0-2-2, Frasier 6-0-12, Wager 5-2-13, Boyle 7-2-20, Feinour 6-3-15. Totals 24-9-62.

3-point goals: Queensbury 7 (Bleibtrey 3, Collins 3, Johnson); Johnstown 5 (Boyle 3, Wager).

Gloversville 79, Hudson Falls 65

HUDSON FALLS — Trailing 51-48 heading into the fourth quarter, Gloversville outscored Hudson Falls 31-14 in the final frame to post its seventh straight victory.

Joseph Rowback scored 28 points to lead Gloversville (10-1 overall, 8-1 Foothills), while Dante Bouchard added 26. Julien Deumaga had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Dragons.

Jonathan Beagle scored 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Hudson Falls (1-8 Foothills).

Brandon Pond finished with 12 points for the Tigers, Riley Maddison scored 11 and Jack Hogan added 10.

Gloversville 79, Hudson Falls 65

Gloversville 21 13 14 31 — 79

Hudson Falls 16 22 13 14 — 65


Bouchard 6-11-26, Stanfield 2-0-4, Deumaga 5-2-13, Ruggeri 1-0-3, Rowback 11-2-28, Jones 1-2-5. Totals 26-17-79.

Hudson Falls

Beagle 7-6-20, Condon 2-1-5, Hogan 4-0-10, Maddison 3-3-11, Pond 5-0-12, Varney 2-1-5. Totals 23-11-65.

3-point goals: Gloversville 10 (Rowback 4, Bouchard 3, Jones, Deumaga, Ruggeri); Hudson Falls 6 (Pond 2, Maddison 2, Hogan 2).

Scotia-Glenville 52, Broadalbin-Perth 41

SCOTIA — Andrew LeMorta finished with 24 points to lift Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council victory over Broadalbin-Perth.

Marcus Frechette had nine points for the Tartans, while Robert Barrera added eight points.

Jackson Sassanella had 10 points to lead Broadalbin-Perth (2-9 overall, 1-8 Foothills), while Dante Calderone and Alex DiCaterino each had nine points.

Scotia-Glenville 52, Broadalbin-Perth 41

Broadalbin-Perth 12 12 9 8 — 41

Scotia-Glenville 6 19 11 16 — 52


Wert 2-0-4, Benton 0-2-2, Calderone 4-1-9, Buyce 2-1-5, Sassanella 3-1-10, DiCaterino 3-0-9, Christopher 1-0-2. Totals 15-5-41.


Frechette 3-0-9, Caldwell 1-2-5, West 1-2-4, Frisoni 1-0-2, Barrera 1-5-8, LeMorta 9-6-24. Totals 16-15-52.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 6 (Sassanella 3, DiCaterino 3); Scotia-Glenville 5 (Frechette 3, Caldwell, Barrera).

Schuylerville 65, Amsterdam 39

SCHUYLERVILLE — Paul Harshbarger scored 19 points to lead Schuylerville to a Foothills Council victory over Amsterdam.

Stratton Sherman (13 points) and Cayden Rutland (12) also hit double digits for the Black Horses (4-5 Foothills), who outscored the Rams 36-22 in the first half.

Jonah Clay scored 10 points to lead Amsterdam (5-6 overall, 5-4 Foothills), which suffered its fourth straight loss.

Schuylerville 65, Amsterdam 39

Amsterdam 11 11 6 11 — 39

Schuylerville 15 21 12 17 — 65


Colon 3-0-6, Gannon 1-0-2, Ausfeld 3-1-7, Barone Lopez 0-2-2, Brennan 3-1-8, Arroyo 1-0-2, Giaimo 1-0-2, Clay 4-2-10. Totals 16-6-39.


Vanderhoof 1-0-2, Phillips 1-0-2, Valley 1-0-3, Bodnar 0-1-1, Budesheim 1-2-4, Sherman 5-2-13, Rutland 4-2-12, Yandow 1-0-3, Nemer 3-0-6, Harshbarger 8-0-19. Totals 25-7-65.

3-point goals: Amsterdam 1 (Brennan); Schuylerville 8 (Harshbarger 3, Rutland 2, Valley, Sherman, Yandow).

Glens Falls 100, South Glens Falls 63

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Joseph Girard III scored 53 points to power Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over South Glens Falls.

Nick Danahy added 11 points for the Indians, who improved to 9-1 overall and 8-0 in Foothills play.

Jon Maniacek scored 18 points to lead South Glens Falls (2-7 Foothills).

Glens Falls 100, South Glens Falls 63

Glens Falls 23 26 34 17 — 100

South Glens Falls 13 18 23 9 — 63

Glens Falls

Barclay 3-1-9, Danahy 4-3-11, C. Girard 2-0-4, T. Girard 1-0-3, J. Girard 17-14-53, McClements 2-0-4, Quirk 4-0-8, Vachon 3-1-7, Wiggins 0-1-1. Totals 36-20-100.

South Glens Falls

Amberger 4-1-9, Bovair 1-0-2, Clark 1-0-2, Cohen 0-1-1, Maniacek 6-4-18, Nesbitt 3-1-7, Prevost 1-1-3, Vanwagenen 3-0-7, Viger 2-0-4, Woodward 4-0-9. Totals 25-8-63.

3-point goals: Glens Falls 8 (J. Girard 5, Barclay 2, T. Girard); South Glens Falls 4 (Maniacek 2, Woodward, Vanwagenen).