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Boys Basketball Roundup: Voorheesville tops Fonda-Fultonville, 57-53

Fonda-Fultonville's Colin Kowalski (11) looks to pass as Voorheesville's Luke Palmer defends during Wednesday's non-league boys basketball game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

FONDA — The Fonda-Fultonville Braves took on the Voorheesville Blackbirds, Wednesday night in a non-league boys basketball matchup.

The Blackbirds, ranked 14th in Class C in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association poll, were able to hold off the Braves in a back and forth battle on their way to a 57-53 victory.

“That’s a very good team. They’ve got a lot of pieces,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Eric Wilson said. “For us to compete with a team like that, the whole game, and be in it coming down the stretch, I couldn’t be prouder.”

The Blackbirds struck first with back-to-back 3 pointers by Zaveon Little. After Andrew Georgia put back a rebound to put the Braves on the board, Tanner Tedesco drove down the lane and scored for Voorheesville. Jackson Atty drained a 3-point basket for Fonda and the Blackbirds answered with a bucket from Anthony Puma to make it a five-point lead midway through the first quarter. The Braves tied the score at 10 when Jake Shaw hit a three and John Mancini added a basket. Little and Matt Piccini each scored for the Blackbirds but Fonda responded with another basket by Shaw and a baseline jumper by Connor Weaver to tie the game again. Puma’s 3-pointer with less than a minute to go, gave the Blackbirds a three-point lead but Colin Kowalski closed the gap with a jumper to make the score 17-16 at the end of the first period.

Although the Braves trailed the whole first quarter, they wasted no time taking the lead as Kowalski hit a 3-pointer just six seconds in for the first of 5 lead changes in the period. Little dropped a 3-point basket for Voorheesville but Atty answered with a 3-pointer to put the Braves up by two. Puma and Little combined for four points to put the Blackbirds ahead but a 10-foot jumper from Mancini and a bucket down low by Angelo Canale gave the Braves a 26-24 halftime lead.

Fonda-Fultonville's Angelo Canale, left, is defended by Voorheesville's Matt Piccini (22) during Wednesday's non-league boys basketball game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

The third quarter saw more back and forth scoring as Voorheesville began to edge away from the Braves by outscoring them 21-15. Puma opened the half with a 3-point basket but a basket by Canale put the Braves up by one. After Noah Parker hit a free throw to tie the game Georgia and Piccini traded baskets to make the score 30-30 with 6:19 remaining in the period. Atty got open for another 3-pointer for Fonda but the Blackbirds got buckets from Tedesco and Parker for the one-point lead. Atty sank another three but Voorheesville came back with two free throws from Tedesco and a pair of buckets by Little to open up a four-point lead. After Atty sank a pair of free throws to pull the Braves back to within two, Puma hit a 3-pointer and Little drove the lane for a basket to give the Blackbirds a seven-point lead, the biggest of the game, with less than a minute to play. Atty closed out the third quarter scoring with a 3-point basket to make the score 45-41 going into the fourth quarter.

The Braves took back the lead when Atty hit a three, scoring his 14th point in a row, and Shaw scored to put Fonda up by one.

The Blackbirds picked up six straight points with two baskets from Tedesco and a dunk by Little to go up by five with 4:36 left in the game.

Shaw made a pair of free throws for Fonda but Little matched them with two from the line. Atty scored in the lane to pull the Braves to within three at the 1:29 mark but Tedesco’s basket and Piccini’s two free throws gave the Blackbirds a seven-point lead with 6.8 remaining in the game. Atty ended the game with his seventh 3-pointer to make the final score 57-53.

Atty was the game’s high scorer with 25 points while Little led the Blackbirds with 23. Puma and Tedesco added 13 and 12 respectively.

Fonda-Fultonville's Jackson Atty, left, drives to the basket as Voorheesville's Matt Piccini (22) defends during Wednesday's non-league boys basketball game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“I’m proud of the effort and I’m proud of how we played,” Wilson said.

With sectionals fast approaching Wilson is looking at how is team is setting themselves up.

“Win or lose, this is a great game for us going into sectionals. In the B’s, there are nine or 10 teams, in my opinion, that could make a run at a championship,” he said. “This is what we need. Win or lose, we got better today.”

The Braves will be back in action Saturday afternoon as they host Catholic Central at home in a non-league contest at 3:30 p.m.

Voorheesville 57, Fonda-Fultonville 53

Voorheesville 17 7 21 12 — 57

Fonda-Fultonville 16 10 15 12 — 53

Voorheesville

Tedesco 5-2-12, Parker 1-1-3, Piccini 2-2-6, Little 8-4-23, Puma 5-0-13. Totals 21-9-57.

Fonda-Fultonville

Canale 2-0-4, Shaw 3-2-9, Atty 8-2-25, Weaver 1-0-2, Kowalski 2-0-5, Mancini 2-0-4, Georgia 2-0-4. Totals 20-4-53.

3 point goals: Voorheesville 6 (Little 3, Puma 3); Fonda-Fultonville 9 (Atty 7, Shaw, Kowalski).

Foothills Council

Glens Falls 72, Johnstown 41

GLENS FALLS — David Barclay scored 24 points to lead Glens Falls to a Foothills Council victory over Johnstown.

The Indians outscored the Sir Bills 38-22 in the first half on their way to the win.

Nick Danahy had 12 points for Glens Falls.

Josh Hoyt scored 12 points to lead Johnstown (1-17 overall, 1-15 Foothills), while Keegan Feinour added 10 points.

The Sir Bills are scheduled to host Gloversville on Friday at 7 p.m.

Glens Falls 72, Johnstown 41

Johnstown 10 12 11 8 — 41

Glens Falls 16 22 14 20 — 72

Johnstown

Feinour 5-0-10, Hoyt 4-3-12, Miller 1-0-3, Mureness 1-0-2, Sanges 2-0-4, Serpa 2-2-7, Stewart 1-0-3. Totals 16-5-41.

Glens Falls

Barclay 10-2-24, Barrett 2-2-6, Brand 1-0-2, Brown 2-0-5, Danahy 6-0-12, Girard 4-0-8, Jackson 1-0-3, Wiggins 2-0-4, Woodell 4-0-8. Totals 32-4-72.

3-point goals: Johnstown 4 (Hoyt, Miller, Serpa, Stewart); Glens Falls 4 (Barclay 2, Brown, Jackson).

Center State Conference

West Canada Valley 81, Dolgeville 68

DOLGEVILLE — Andrew Soron scored 17 points to lead West Canada Valley to a victory over Dolgeville.

Jaeden Beam scored 15 points for the Indians (12-6 overall), while Casey Dibble added 13 points for the Indians (12-6 overall).

Greg Gonyea finished with 20 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals to lead Dolgeville (7-11 overall), while Connor Morse had 19 points, three steals and two assists.

Kyle Paracka added 14 points, 11 rebounds and two assists for the Blue Devils and Tanner Zacek pulled down 10 rebounds.

West Canada Valley 81, Dolgeville 68

West Canada Valley 16 19 20 26 — 81

Dolgeville 6 17 21 24 — 68

West Canada Valley

Shepardson 3-0-9, Dibble 6-1-13, Smith 3-0-7, Ludwig 3-3-9, Beam 5-4-15, Rath 0-3-3, Smith 3-0-7, Soron 5-4-17. Totals 26-15-81.

Dolgeville

E. Morse 2-0-4, Zacek 0-1-1, Comstock 1-2-4, Paracka 3-8-14, Barr 2-2-6, Gonyea 7-3-20, C. Morse 7-0-19. Totals 23-16-68.

3-point goals: West Canada Valley 6 (Shepardson 3, Smith, Soron, Beam); Dolgeville 6 (C. Morse 5, Gonyea).

MVAC

Wells 63, Newcomb 41

WELLS — Tyler Bolebruch and Byron Stuart each had 19 points to lead Wells to a Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference victory over Newcomb on Wednesday.

The Indians led 31-10 in the first half on their way to the win.

Matt Richards had 11 points for Wells.

Ethan Armstrong scored 18 points to lead Newcomb.

The Indians honored seniors Sabastian Beach and Anthony Harrington, Richards and Bolebruch before the game.

Wells 63, Newcomb 41

Newcomb 2 8 15 16 — 41

Wells 12 19 15 17 — 63

Newcomb

Allen 4-1-9, Phelps 2-0-4, Tran 0-1-1, Vaughn 1-0-2, Armstrong 6-4-18, Colon 2-0-5. Totals 15-6-41.

Wells

Johnson 1-1-3, Bolebruch 7-3-19, Beach 1-2-4, Stuart 7-5-19, Richards 5-0-11, Konisewski 2-1-5, Harrington 1-0-2. Totals 24-12-63

3-point goals: Newcomb 3 (Armstrong 2, Colon); Wells 3 (Bolebruch 2, Richards).

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