Braves hold off Crusaders, 68-55

Fonda-Fultonville's Angelo Canale (1) drives past Catholic Central's Jack Mattfield (11) during non-league action Saturday at Fonda-Fultonville High School. Trailing the play is the Crusaders' Daniel Callaghan. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

FONDA — With the Western Athletic Conference Championship game coming up on Tuesday, the Fonda-Fultonville Braves were hoping to gain some momentum by defeating the Crusaders of Catholic Central Saturday afternoon. After a sluggish start the Braves were able to get out in front of the Crusaders and hold on for a 68-55 non-conference victory.

“In the first half I felt like we were a half step slow, more mentally than physically,” Fonda Head Coach Eric Wilson said. “Give them credit. They got out and pressured us but our timing was off and we just didn’t settle in.”

Both teams traded baskets in the first 1:15 with Jake Shaw opening up with a 3-pointer for the Braves and Jack Mattfeld answering for the Crusaders.

Andrew Georgia scored inside for Fonda-Fultonville and Jackson Brown scored for Catholic Central to tie the score at five. Dan Callaghan and Brown combined for six-straight points to give the Crusaders some breathing room.

Jackson Atty found Connor Weaver down low for a bucket but Mattfeld nailed a three to put the Crusaders up by seven with 2:15 to go in the quarter.

Mayfield's Kyle Capparello, center, goes up for a shot as Duanesburg's Bryce Burkhardt, left, and Andrew Drescher (2) defend during Saturday's Western Athletic Conference crossover game at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

In the final minute of the period the Braves got a basket and a free throw from Atty, a 3-point basket from Angelo Canale and a steal by Canale who found John Mancini breaking for the basket and a bucket gave Fonda-Fultonville a 15-14 lead after one quarter.

A reverse lay up by Weaver and another 3-pointer by Canale to start the second quarter extended the Braves lead to five. The Crusaders picked up a free throw and a basket by Callaghan and Derek Anderson respectively, while Georgia’s inside play earned him a basket and two free throws to give the Braves a seven-point lead with under three minutes to play in the half.

Jack Siple picked up seven points for Catholic Central, while Canale scored with a lay-up and Atty made three free throws for Fonda-Fultonville. Atty made a runner down the lane as time ran out to give the Braves a 31-24 halftime lead.

The third quarter was a draw with both teams pouring in 17 points.

For the Crusaders, Brown picked up seven points, including a 3-point basket, while Anderson and Callaghan each added four points. Patrick Clinton added a bucket to round out the scoring for Catholic Central. For the Braves, Georgia’s inside presence allowed him to pick up the team’s first seven points of the quarter.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville's Rebecca Trumble, center, is defended by Galway's Aila Bishop (20) and Julia Reedy, left, during Saturday's Western Athletic Conference crossover game at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“I told him [Georgia] at halftime, we need you to establish yourself,” Wilson said. “In the second half, when he came alive, that’s what he’s capable of.”

Canale hit a jumper and Atty picked up four points for Fonda-Fultonville, while Mancini added four, including a put back at the buzzer to give the Braves a 48-41 advantage entering the final quarter.

The Crusaders started the fourth quarter with an 8-3 run to pull to within two of the Braves. Brown and Callaghan each nailed 3-pointers and Clinton added two free throws, while Atty picked up another three-point basket for the Braves making the score 51-49 with 6:19 remaining.

Georgia turned things around with a basket and two free throws to put the Braves back up by six.

After the Crusaders got a basket from Siple, the Braves responded with back-to-back threes from Mancini and Jackson Cusack to give Fonda-Fultonville a 10-point lead.

Atty made two foul shots and Cusack added one to put the Braves ahead by 13 with 1:13 left in the game.

Catholic Central got baskets from Mattfeld and Jimmy Turner, while the Braves got three free throws from Atty and one from Canale to end the game with the score 68-55.

After the game Wilson said, “That’s a good team and it’s good to have played Voorheesville and then, to get them, [the Crusaders], right after gave us two good teams that we had to be sharp to beat.”

Referring to Tuesday’s WAC Championship game against Bishop Gibbons Wilson said, “Hopefully, this momentum will carry us against a tough opponent.”

Atty was the games high scorer with 20 points, while Georgia added 17 and Canale 11.

For the Crusaders, Brown and Callaghan each tallied 13 points.

Fonda-Fultonville 68, Catholic Central 55

Catholic Central 14 10 17 14 — 55

Fonda-Fultonville 15 16 17 20 — 68

Catholic Central

Anderson 3-0-6; Brown 4-3-13; Mattfeld 3-0-8; Turner 1-0-2; Clinton 1-2-4; Siple 4-0-9; Callaghan 5-1-13. Totals: 21-6-55.


Canale 4-1-11; Shaw 1-0-3; Cusack 1-1-4; Atty 4-10-20; Weaver 2-0-4; Mancini 4-0-9; Georgia 6-5-17. Totals: 22-17-68.

3-point goals: Catholic Central 7 (Jackson Brown 2; Jack Mattfeld 2; Daniel Callaghan 2; Jack Siple 1); Fonda-Fultonville (Angelo Canale 2; Shaw 1; Jackson Atty 2; Jackson Cusack; John Mancini)

WAC Crossovers

Canajoharie 61, Northville 57, OT

JOHNSTOWN — The Cougars rallied to erase a five-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter and outscored Northville in overtime to pick up the victory in Western Athletic Conference crossover action Saturday at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

Marcus Johnson led Canajoharie with 21 points, while Derek Hyney added 18 and Richie Tamsett chipped in with 12.

All the Falcons’ scoring came from three players. Jason Ellsworth led the way with 24 points and 18 rebounds while Jacob Frank had 22 and Wyatt Sira added 11 points.

Canajoharie 61, Northville 57, OT

Canajoharie 14 8 11 19 9 — 61

Northville 15 14 9 14 5 — 57


Fairley 3-0-7, Hyney 6-3-18, Tamsett 5-2-12, Johnson 9-3-21, Kwiatkowski 1-0-3. Totals: 24-8-61.


Sira 4-2-11, Frank 8-5-22, Ellsworth 10-4-24. Totals: 22-11-57.

3-point goals: Canajoharie 5 (Derek Hyney 3, LaAnthony Fairley, Stan Kwiatkowski); Northville 2 (Wyatt Sira, Jacob Frank).

Mayfield 55,

Duanesburg 37

JOHNSTOWN — After leading by a single point at the half, Mayfield used a 13-4 third-quarter run to pull away for the victory in WAC Crossover action Saturday at FMCC.

Kyle Capparello led the Panthers with a double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Aidan Halloran finished with 12 points and Trevor Lehr chipped in with eight rebounds and six points.

Matt Coons led the Duanesburg scoring with eight points, while Zach Gamache finished with seven points and seven rebounds.

Mayfield 55, Duanesburg 37

Mayfield 10 13 13 19 — 55

Duanesburg 17 5 4 11 — 37


Brandow 3-0-6, Capparello 4-10-18, Dennis 1-1-3, DiNitto 1-0-2, Foreman 1-0-2, Goodemote 1-0-3, Halloran 4-4-12, Lehr 2-0-6, Rohling 1-1-3. Totals: 18-16-55.


Burkhardt 2-1-6, Coons 3-1-8, Drescher 0-2-2, Gamache 2-3-7, Mallory 2-1-5, O;Hanlon 1-1-3, Stahl 3-0-6. Totals: 13-9-37.

3-point goals: Mayfield 3 (Trevor Lehr 2, Britain goodemote); Duanesburg 2 (Bryce Burkhardt, Matt Coons).

Middleburgh 83,


JOHNSTOWN — Andrew Johns connected for 10 3-pointers in his 38-point performance to lead Middleburgh to victory Saturday at FMCC.

Cameron Kenney added 14 points for the Knights, while Brendan Henry finished with 12 and Jacob Wood had 11.

Mason Snell led OESJ with 15 points, while Travis Lafountain finished with 14 and Quincy Bonneau and Paetyn Logan-Dillenbeck had nine points apiece.

Middleburgh 83, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 57

Middleburgh 24 21 20 18 — 83

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 13 16 11 17 — 57


Henry 5-0-12, Johns 12-4-38, Kenney 5-4-14, Olsen 2-3-8, Wood 5-0-11. Totals: 29-11-83.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Bonneau 4-1-9, Dillenbeck 4-1-9, Feagles 1-0-2, Lafountain 6-0-14, Snell 5-5-15, Stever 1-0-2, Walrath 3-0-6. Totals: 24-7-57.

3-point goals: Middleburgh 14 (Andrew Johns 10, Brendan Henry 2, Taylor Olsen, Jacob Wood); Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 2 (Travis Lafountain).

Schoharie 63,

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 60

JOHNSTOWN — Schoharie rallied for 24 fourth-quarter points to pull out the 63-60 crossover victory Saturday at FMCC.

Shane Helmstadt led the Indians with 23 points, while Fletcher Griffin and John Blackwood finished with 13 points apiece.

Mark Edwards hit seven 3-pointers in his 28-point effort for BKW, while Zeke Pulliam had four 3-pointers in his 24-point performance.

Schoharie 63, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 60

Schoharie 10 18 11 24 — 63

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 16 14 21 9 — 60


Barton 1-2-4, Blackwood 5-2-13, Drinon 2-2-7, Griffin 6-0-13, Halmstadt 7-5-23, Scheuer 1-0-3. Totals: 22-11-63.


Edwards 10-1-28, Insero 1-0-3, Lefkaditis 2-0-5, Pulliam 6-8-24. Totals: 19-9-60.

3-point goals: Schoharie 8 (Shane Helmstadt 4, John Blackwood, Ethan Drinon, Fletcher Griffin, Josh Scheuer); Berne-Knox-Westerlo 13 (Mark Edwards 7, Zeke Pulliam 4, Stavros Lefkaditis, Cal Insero).


WAC Crossover

Galway 29, OESJ 21

JOHNSTOWN — After being shut out in the opening quarter of Saturday’s Western Athletic Conference crossover game, Galway surged ahead to pull out a 29-21 victory over the Lady Wolves.

Madison Despres and Morgan Drouin led Galway with seven points apiece, while Rachel Wnuk had six and Julia reedy finished with five points.

Rebecca Trumble led OESJ with a game-high 10 points, while Sydney Schell finished with three.

Galway 29, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 21

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 3 3 10 5 — 21

Galway 0 14 4 11 — 29

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Eggleston 0-2-2, Hannon 0-2-2, Schell 1-0-3, Shelmandine 0-2-2, Trumble 1-8-10, Wilson 1-0-2. Totals: 3-14-21.


Bishop 0-1-1, Despres 3-0-7, Drouin 3-0-7, Mancini 0-1-1, Reedy 2-1-5, Spadaro 1-0-2, Wnuk 3-0-6. Totals: 12-3-29.

3-point goals: Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 1 (Sydney Schell); Galway 2 (Madison Despres, Morgan Drouin).


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