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Gloversville overwhelms Johnstown

Johnstown's Zach Serpa (21) is pressured by Gloversville's Dante Bouchard (00) as he works toward the hoop during Foothills Council action Friday night at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

JOHNSTOWN — The Gloversville Dragons were on a mission Friday night.

Looking to lock up the first Foothills Council championship, the Dragons were firing on all cylinders as they romped to a 104-43 victory Friday over inter-city rival Johnstown.

The Dragons got a little help from Queensbury as the Spartans knocked off Glens Falls 64-55 to eliminate the possibility of a tie for the title and give the Dragons their first league title since 2009.

“There was a lot of hard work by these kids,” said Gloversville coach Aric Kucel about winning the league title. “They have been working for it for a long time. It is a special group and the love playing together.”

Senior Sam Getman, who came off the bench to hit eight points for the Dragons, said “We are happy to be where be are but we are still looking on to what is next. We are just trying to improve as a team and looking on to a sectional title now.”

Gloversville's Kadyn Ruggeri (11) drives to the hoop against Johnstown's Abe Miller (32) during Foothills Council action Friday at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Gloversville wasted little time getting on the board Friday as Dante Bouchard took the opening tip from Joey Rowback and laid the ball in for his first of 31 points just five seconds into the game.

Bouchard connected for a 3-pointer off a Johnstown turnover for a 5-0- lead before Abe Miller hit a 3-pointer for Johnstown’s first points of the game.

Rowback found his shooting range, putting Gloversville next seven points on the board, while Keegan Feinour added a basket to put the score at 12-5.

Rowback continued to have the hot hand in the opening quarter, finishing with 18 of the Dragons’ 29 first-quarter points as they built a 29-12 advantage.

Bouchard got on track, hitting 14 points in the second quarter as Gloversville hit five 3-pointers in the quarter to take a 62-23 lead into the locker room at the break.

Gloversville's Joey Rowback (23) and Garret Dooling (2) battle Johnstown's Cody Massey and Caden Mureness (14) for a rebound during Foothills Council action Friday at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

The Gloversville starters, who sat out the final minutes of the first half, played the first five minutes of the third quarter, handing the game over to the reserves with a 78-28 lead.

Garrett Dooling had nine points off the bench, while Getman had eight and Ethan Hunt added four points as Gloversville eclipsed the century mark with a 3-pointer by Dooling with 3:01 left in the game to help close out the 104-43 victory.

Bouchard led Gloversville with 31 points, including four 3-pointers, to improve his career total to 1,969 points, while Rowback his six 3-pointers in his 27-point, 11-rebound performance to raise his career totals to 1,441 points and 619 rebounds and Kadyn Ruggeri finished with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists to go with eight assists from Anderson Jones.

Jaret Warner saw limited playing time Friday in his fourth game back after sitting out the opening half of the season with an injury.

“At the beginning of the season I just kept saying to myself I wish I could do something to help this team right now because I just wanted to be there to help us win the Foothills Championship,” he said. “We got the Foothills all the way and now I am looking forward to getting to sectionals and see how far we can go because this team is special.”

Miller and Josh Hoyt led Johnstown with eight points apiece, while Feinour finished with seven points and eight rebounds.

“We finish the season against the top five teams in the league,” Johnstown coach Phil Satterlee, who was ejected midway through the third quarter, said. “It has been a tough stretch. We have played three games in four days and we have not been able to get a lot of practice in between.”

Johnstown (1-18 overall, 1-16 Foothills) will close out its season at home Tuesday against Queensbury (13-4 Foothills), while Gloversville will travel to play Green Tech on Sunday before closing out its regular season at Hudson Falls (12-5 Foothills) on Tuesday.

“That was scheduled for a reason,” Kucel said of Sunday’s game at Green Tech. “You want to play against some of the better teams in the area and year-in and year-out they are one of the top teams in the area. They are athletic and have guys who can shoot it. It will be a good test for us and help us get ready for sectionals.”

Ruggeri summed up the team’s emotions saying, “We are really excited to get the Foothills championship but we are still hungry and are still going to try to get more. Sectionals here we come.”

Gloversville 104, Johnstown 43

Gloversville 29 33 22 20 — 104

Johnstown 12 11 9 11 — 43

Gloversville

8-11-31, Collar 0-2-2, Dooling 3-2-9, DeMaio 1-0-3, Hunt 1-2-4, Ruggeri 6-0-13, Getman 3-0-8, Warner 1-0-3, Rowback 10-1-27, Jones 1-0-2, Glionna 0-2-2. Totals: 34-20-1-4/

Johnstown

Sanges 3-1-7, Hoyt 3-2-8, N. Massey 2-0-4, Mureness 0-1-1, Serpa 2-0-4, C. Massey 0-4-4, Feinour 3-1-7, Miller 1-5-8. Totals: 14-14-43.

3-point goals: Gloversville 16 (Joey Rowback 6, Dante Bouchard 4, Sam Getman 2, Garrett Dooling, Luciano DeMaio, Kadyn Ruggeri, Jaret Warner), Johnstown 1 (Abe Miller).

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