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Boys Basketball Roundup: Second-half surge lifts Dragons past Sir Bills

Johnstown's Josh Hoyt is guarded by Gloversville's Kadyn Ruggeri as he looks to make a move toward the basket during Friday's Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — A solid first-half performance kept the Johnstown Sir Bills within six points of the Gloversville Dragons at the break.

A fiery halftime speech from Gloversville assistant coach Kevin Jones, lit the fuse for the Dragons as they connected for 33 third-quarter points to pull away to defeat inter-city rival Johnstown 97-65 Friday night at Gloversville High School. With the victory Gloversville keeps its share of the top spot in the Foothills Council with Glens Falls, which defeated Queensbury 72-36 to break up a three-way tie.

“It was real what he said,” Gloversville varsity coach Aric Kucel said. “He gave them some tough words and some challenging words. Credit our kids for responding. It was a great response and a wake up call. We are still a work in progress and working on things. If we play like we did in the second half, we are going to be a tough team to beat in the end.”

The 65 point effort was a season-high for the Sir Bills.

“The scoreboard certainly doesn’t reflect the way we played tonight,” Johnstown coach Phil Satterlee said. “This was by far our best team basketball game so far this year. It is definitely a step in the right direction. Not the result we wanted but it is something we can definitely build off from.”

Gloversville's Anderson Jones puts up a shot over the outstretched arm of Johnstown's Keegan Feinour (24) during first half action of Friday's Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Gloversville broke out to a quick 5-0 lead on free throws from Joey Rowback and Dante Bouchard and a layup from Giorgio Glionna.

The Sir Bills used 3-pointers from Abe Miller, Chano Cross and Josh Hoyt to build a 16-12 lead.

The Dragons tied the game at 18 before Hoyt finished the quarter with back-to-back baskets to put Johnstown up 22-18 at the end of the period.

Two minutes into the second quarter, the Dragons retook the lead on a three-point play from Rowback followed by a basket from Glionna for a 27-24 advantage.

Noah Massey put the Sir Bills back in front 29-27 with a basket and a 3-pointer before Bouchard hit a 3-pointer and a layup in a span of 30 seconds to put Gloversville up 32-29.

Gloversville's Giorgio Glionna (35) and Joey Rowback (23) trap Johnstown's Noah Massey during second half action in Friday's Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Dawson Sanges and Hoyt sandwiched baskets around a put back by Glionna to make it a one-point game before Glionna again got a put back and Kadyn Ruggeri finished off a Johnstown turnover to put the Dragons up 38-33.

Rowback added a pair of free throws and Massey hit the front-end of a 1-and-1 to send the teams into the locker room at the break with Gloversville ahead 40-34.

The Dragons picked up their intensity in the third quarter with a hard-pressing defense that forced multiple Johnstown turnovers that they were able to finish to quickly extend a the six-point lead to double-digits three minutes into the second half.

Bouchard hit for 12 points in the quarter, while Rowback had 11 including a dunk, to go with five points from Ruggeri, three from Glionna and two from Sam Getman as the Dragons outscored Johnstown 33-14 to take a 73-48 lead into the final eight minutes of play.

“Credit Gloversville,” Satterlee said. “They came out and really put the pressure on us, got us in spots where they wanted us to be and to make the passes they wanted us to make.”

Gloversville built its lead to 91-54 with the reserves closing out the 97-65 victory.

Hoyt finished the game with 14 points for the Sir Bills, while Miller hit four 3-pointers for 12 points and Feinour finished with 11 points. Cross hit three 3-pointers for nine points, and Caden Mureness hit seven points, all in the fourth quarter.

“This past week after the Hudson Falls game [78-35 loss], was consecutively our two best practices of the season by far,” Satterlee said. “And it allowed us to be competitive for a very long time. Gloversville is a very good basketball team and they got on a run and we couldn’t respond. The first half was great. We played a good first half but we have to learn it is a two-half game. We have a lot of season left and we will continue to get better.”

Bouchard led the Gloversville scorers with 30 points and five assists, while Rowback finished with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while Glionna turned in a season-high 15 points to go with a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds from Ruggeri and 10 assists and three points from Jones.

“I thought all of our guys were looking to make plays for each other,” Kucel said. “Anderson is always setting the table for our guys. Dante’s reads were incredible tonight. He made so many great decisions tonight finding our guys and Joey was Joey. He is incredible. Gio has been trying to find himself and I think he did tonight where he can be most effective.”

Gloversville (8-1 overall, 7-1 Foothills) will host Hudson Falls (5-3 Foothills) Tuesday. Johnstown (1-9 overall, 1-7 Foothills) will travel to take on Queensbury (6-2 Foothills).

“[Hudson Falls] are very big and have lengths all over the place,” Kucel said. “We need to defend like we did in the second half.”

Gloversville 97, Johnstown 65

Johnstown 22 12 14 17 — 65

Gloversville 20 20 33 24 — 97

Johnstown

Sanges 1-0-2, Hoyt 6-0-14, N. Massey 2-1-6, Benton 1-0-3, Mureness 1-5-7, Cross 3-0-9, C. Massey 0-1-1, Feinour 4-3-11, Miller 4-0-12. Totals: 22-10-65.

Gloversville

Bouchard 10-6-30, Collar 3-0-7, Hunt 1-0-2, Ruggeri 4-2-11, Getman 1-0-2, Rowback 10-7-27, Jones 1-0-3, Glionna 7-1-15. Totals: 37-16-97.

3-point goals: Johnstown 11 (Abraham Miller 4, Chano Cross 3, Joshua Hoyt 2, Noah Massey, Chase Benton); Gloversville 7 (Dante Bouchard 4, james Collar, Kadyn ruggeri, Anderson Jones).

Foothills Council

Broadalbin-Perth 55, Schuylerville 42

BROADALBIN — Dante Calderone poured in 25 points to lead Broadalbin-Perth to the Foothills Council victory.

Jackson Sassanella hit for 13 points for the Patriots, who improved to 5-5 overall and 4-4 in the league standings.

Alexander Vallee paced the Black Horses with 11 points, while Owen Sherman and Ryan Dow added nine points apiece.

Broadalbin-Perth 55, Schuylerville 42

Schuylerville 6 10 14 12 — 42

Broadalbin-Perth 9 14 14 18 — 55

Schuylerville

Vanderhoof 1-0-3, Yandow 3-0-7, Vallee 4-0-11, Sherman 3-2-9, Dow 3-0-9, Rutland 1-0-3. Totals: 15-2-42.

Broadalbin-Perth

Magliocca 1-0-2, M. DiCaterino 1-0-2, Sassanella 5-1-13, Wert 3-0-7, Polikowski 2-0-4, Visco 1-0-2, Calderone 12-1-25. Totals: 25-2-55.

3-point goals: Schuylerville 10 (Vallee 3, Dow 3, Vanderhoff, Yandow, Sherman, Rutland); Broadalbin-Perth 3 (Sassanella 2, Wert).

Scotia-Glenville 59, Amsterdam 48

SCOTIA — Nathaniel Wylie scored a game-high 28 points to power Scotia-Glenville to a Foothills Council victory over Amsterdam.

The Tartans led 25-13 at the half on their way to the win.

Robert Barrera scored 13 points for Scotia-Glenville (2-6 Foothills).

Caydren Graveley scored 13 points to lead Amsterdam (4-6 overall, 4-4 Foothills), which dropped its fourth straight game. Kevin Perez and Yandeel Vazquez each had 12 points for the Rams.

Scotia-Glenville 59, Amsterdam 48

Amsterdam 8 5 18 17 — 48

Scotia-Glenville 14 11 18 16 — 59

Amsterdam

Colon 1-0-2, Ausfield 1-2-4, DeRosa 1-0-3, Graveley 4-4-13, Perez 5-2-12, Clay 1-0-2, Vazquez 3-6-12. Totals 16-14-48.

Scotia-Glenville

Fratterigo 2-0-6, Cremo 2-0-5, Almond 2-0-4, Wylie 10-3-28, Lane 1-1-3, Barrera 5-2-13. Totals 22-6-59.

3-point goals: Amsterdam 2 (Graveley, DeRosa); Scotia-Glenville 9 (Wylie 5, Fratterigo 2, Cremo, Barrera).

Glens Falls 72, Queensbury 36

GLENS FALLS — Nick Danahy scored 18 points to lead Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Queensbury.

The Indians outscored the Spartans 33-14 in the first half on their way to the win.

Griffen Woodell had 14 points for Glens Falls (7-1 Foothills), while Zach Barrett added 13 points.

Asa Edwards scored nine points to lead Queensbury (6-2 Foothills).

Glens Falls 72, Queensbury 36

Queensbury 10 4 12 10 — 36

Glens Falls 18 15 14 25 — 72

Queensbury

Bailey 0-1-1, Bleibtrey 2-2-6, Conlon 2-2-6, Edwards 3-2-9, Hayes 1-1-3, Johnson 1-4-7, Rutherford 1-0-2, Slattery 1-0-2. Totals 11-12-36.

Glens Falls

Barclay 2-2-6, Barrett 4-1-13, Brown 1-0-3, Danahy 7-4-18, Girard 2-2-7, Hirsch 2-0-5, Wiggins 2-2-6, Woodell 7-0-14. Totals 27-11-72.

3-point goals: Queensbury 2 (Edwards, Johnson); Glens Falls 7 (Barrett 4, Brown, Hirsch, Girard).

Hudson Falls 71, South Glens Falls 37

HUDSON FALLS — Jonathan Beagle finished with 23 points to lead Hudson Falls to a Foothills Council victory over South Glens Falls.

The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 45-18 in the first half on their way to the win.

Riley Maddison had 15 points for Hudson Falls, while Jack Hogan added 14 points.

Jon Maniacek scored 11 points to lead South Glens Falls.

Hudson Falls 71, South Glens Falls 37

South Glens Falls 10 8 10 9 — 37

Hudson Falls 17 28 12 14 — 71

South Glens Falls

Maniacek 3-3-11, Viger 0-2-2, Rosa 1-0-2, VanWagenen 1-4-6, Addy 1-3-6, Darrow 1-0-3, Clark 1-4-6. Totals 8-17-37.

Hudson Falls

Swartz 2-0-6, Maddison 5-1-15, Pond 1-0-2, Beagle 6-7-23, Keenan 1-0-2, Hogan 6-2-14, Smith 3-0-9. Totals 18-10-71.

3-point goals: South Glens Falls 4 (Maniacek 2, Addy, Darrow); Hudson Falls 9 (Maddison 4, Smith 3, Swartz 2, Beagle).

WAC

Fonda-Fultonville 65, Mayfield 46

MAYFIELD — Jackson Atty connected on five 3-pointers on his way to a 29-point effort to lead Fonda-Fultonville to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Mayfield.

The Braves trailed 30-28 at the half before outscoring the Panthers 37-16 in the second half to claim the win.

Andrew Georgia had 14 points and nine rebounds for Fonda-Fultonville (8-1 overall, 5-0 WAC).

Aidan Halloran had 16 points to lead Mayfield (5-6 overall, 1-4 WAC), while Kyle Capparello added 12 points.

Fonda-Fultonville 65, Mayfield 46

Fonda-Fultonville 9 19 22 15 — 65

Mayfield 18 12 12 4 — 46

Fonda-Fultonville

Canale 1-0-2, Shaw 2-0-6, Atty 7-10-29, Weaver 2-0-4, Kowalski 2-0-6, Mancini 2-0-4, George 6-2-14. Totals 22–12-65.

Mayfield

Brandow 0-1-1, Dennis 3-1-7, Rohling 2-0-4, Goodemote 1-0-3, Halloran 6-4-16, Capparello 5-2-12, Lehr 1-0-3. Totals 18-8-46

3-point goals: Fonda-Fultonville 9 (Atty 5, Kowalski 2, Shaw 2); Mayfield 2 (Lehr, Goodemote).

Schoharie 66, Northville 58

NORTHVILLE — Josh Scheuer finished with 16 points to lead Schoharie to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Northville.

The Indians trailed 43-39 after three quarters before outscoring the Falcons 27-15 in the fourth to earn the win. The teams combined for 21 3-pointers in the game, with Northville connecting on 11, while Schoharie hit 10.

Shane Helmstadt (15 points), John Blackwood (13) and Quin Barton (11) all finished in double figures for Schoharie (4-3 WAC).

Jacob Frank scored 19 points to lead Northville (8-4 overall, 3-4 WAC), while Wyatt Sira added 17 points.

Daniel VanNostrand finished with 14 points for the Falcons, who are scheduled to host Heatly in a non-league contest Monday at 6 p.m.

Schoharie 66, Northville 58

Schoharie 8 16 15 27 — 66

Northville 14 19 10 15 — 58

Schoharie

Dyson 1-0-3, Helmstadt 6-3-15, Scheuer 6-0-16, Blackwood 4-2-13, Griffin 3-1-8, Barton 3-4-11. Totals 23-10-66.

Northville

Sira 7-1-17, Frank 6-2-19, VanNostrand 4-3-14, Ellsworth 1-3-5, Morgan 1-0-3. Totals 19-9-58.

3-point goals: Schoharie 10 (Scheuer 4, Blackwood 3, Griffin, Barton, Dyson); Northville 11 (Frank 5, VanNostrand 3, Sira 2, Morgan).

Fort Plain 61, Canajoharie 50

CANAJOHARIE — Robert Jordan finished with 23 points and 24 rebounds to lead Fort Plain to a WAC victory over Canajoharie.

The Hilltoppers outscored the Cougars 31-21 in the first half on their way to their fifth straight win.

Troy Butler had 15 points for Fort Plain (9-2 overall, 5-1 WAC), while Ethan Schoch added 13 points.

Derek Hyney scored 13 points to lead Canajoharie (5-7 overall, 2-4 WAC), Richie Tamsett had 12 points and La Anthony Fairley added 11 points.

Fort Plain 61, Canajoharie 50

Fort Plain 13 18 13 17 — 61

Canajoharie 7 14 13 16 — 50

Fort Plain

Butler 6-2-15, Jordan 10-3-23, Reese 1-0-2, Schoch 4-2-13, Thomas 1-1-4, Welch 2-0-4. Totals 24-8-61.

Canajoharie

Fairley 4-0-11, Hyney 5-2-13, Johnson 4-0-8, Kwiatkowski 2-0-6, Tamsett 4-4-12. Totals 19-6-50.

3-point goals: Fort Plain 5 (Schoch 3, Thomas, Butler); Canajoharie 6 (Fairley 3, Kwiatkowski 2, Hyney).

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 58, Duanesburg 53 (OT)

BERNE — Zeke Pulliam scored 28 points to lead Berne-Knox-Westerlo to a WAC victory over Duanesburg.

Mark Edwards and Cal Insero each had nine points for the Bulldogs.

Zach Gamache and Jakob Stahl each had 18 points to lead Duanesburg.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 58, Duanesburg 53 (OT)

Duanesburg 10 14 10 10 9 — 53

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 15 10 10 9 14 — 58

Duanesburg

Burkhardt 2-0-4, Coons 3-0-6, Drescher 1-0-2, Gamache 5-5-18, Mallory 2-0-4, O’Hanlon 0-1-1, Stahl 5-7-18. Totals 18-14-53.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo

Brink 3-0-8, Edwards 4-1-9, Heitzman 1-0-2, Insero 3-1-9, Lefkaditis 1-0-2, Pulliams 8-11-28. Totals 20-13-58.

3-point goals: Duanesburg 3 (Gamache 2, Stahl); Berne-Knox-Westerlo 5 (Brink 2, Insero 2, Pulliam).

Center State Conference

West Canada Valley 68, Dolgeville 39

NEWPORT — Dolgeville’s Gregory Gonyea turned in a strong game with 15 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals but it was not enough as the Blue Devils fell to rival West Canada Valley.

Andrew Soron delivered a 24-point, seven rebound, five assist performance for West Canada Valley, while Jaeden Beam chipped in with nine points and Will Smith added nine rebounds and seven points.

Connor Morse finished with 11 points and three assists for Dolgeville, while Kamryn Comstock grabbed eight rebounds.

West Canada Valley 68, Dolgeville 39

Dolgeville 7 10 11 11 — 39

West Canada Valley 14 22 17 15 — 68

Dolgeville

Comstock 2-0-4, Gonyea 6-2-15, Barr 1-0-2, E. Morse 1-0-2, C. Morse 4-0-11, Petkovsek 1-0-3, Zacel 1-0-2. Totals: 16-2-39.

West Canada Valley

Shepardson 3-0-9, Dibble 2-0-4, Smith 3-1-7, Ludwig 4-0-8, Soron 9-4-24, Beam 3-1-9, N. Rath 2-1-7. Totals: 26-7-68.

3-point goals: Dolgeville 5 (Connor Morse 3, Greg Gonyea, Codey Petkovsek); West Canada Valley 9 (Brayden Shepardson 3, Andrew Soron 2, Jaeden Beam 2, Nathaniel Rath 2).

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