FONDA - Everything the Fonda-Fultonville Braves tried to do, the Schalmont Sabres took away.
Will Turner was limited to six points and the Braves had trouble connecting from the outside in a 46-33 Colonial Council loss Friday night.
"I thought we defended extremely well," Schalmont coach Kevin Curtin said. "I thought we did exactly what we wanted to do in the game plan, which was to limit the touches Turner had, make him uncomfortable and fly out on the perimeter players. In doing that, we made them uncomfortable. They weren't able to set themselves. They weren't able to get comfortable and weren't able to get him the ball."
Fonda-Fultonville’s Will Turner dribbles past Schalmont’s Lucas Curtin and Zac O’Dell (10) during Friday’s Colonial Council boys basketball game at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
The Braves also were outrebounded right from the opening tip as Nick Daversa scored on a putback 16 seconds into the game, giving the Sabres a lead they would never relinquish.
"I don't feel like we had quite the intensity we had the first two games," Fonda-Fultonville coach Eric Wilson said. "We couldn't make a shot. I thought from the first shot, we had so many good looks. I thought our issues tonight were we couldn't make a shot and we didn't rebound well."
Even without the offense getting into a flow, the Braves (2-1 overall, 0-1 Colonial Council) managed to stay close. However, they got beat at the buzzer to end the first and second quarters.
The Braves trailed 12-11 late in the first when Schalmont's Devin Murphy, who scored a game-high 13 points, knocked down a 3-pointer with 1.3 remaining to give the Sabres (2-1 overall, 1-0 Colonial Council) a 15-11 lead.
Something similar happened to end the second quarter. The Braves trailed by two in the final seconds, but a missed shot with about eight seconds remaining, gave Schalmont an opportunity to score as Evan DellaVilla scored on a putback to give the Sabres a 23-19 lead at the break.
"I don't know if this group understands how big those plays are yet," Wilson said. "That's a huge play. It put them up four and gave them some momentum going into the half. Those are the types of plays that they seemed to make tonight and we had no answer."
Before that, Schalmont built a seven-point lead with 1:59 remaining in the quarter, but a 3-point basket by Ryan Derby, who scored 10 points, and a jump shot by Jake Sammons cut the lead to two points.
"At the end of the half, we fought and scrapped," Wilson said. "We're playing hard. We're not playing great, but we're playing hard. We're not making shots. Will's on the bench and we cut it to down to two."
The Sabres' defense held the Braves scoreless for most of that quarter, but were unable to build a lead with one of their top players, Dominic Caputo, on the bench with foul trouble.
"We're young," Curtin said. "That group that was playing in the first half was all underclassmen. I'm glad we held our composure and got to the half. We got Dom back on the court. He made some plays late. He really showed his leadership and made some really good plays."
The Sabres built a nine-point lead at the end of the third quarter and then jumped out quickly in the fourth.
Fonda-Fultonville's Zach Valachovic started the quarter with a layup, cutting the lead to seven, but Caputo hit two baskets and Murphy downed a 3 to give the Sabres a 40-26 lead, putting the game out of reach.
"Murphy played well in the fourth quarter," Curtin said. "I think [Zac] O'Dell made some plays and [Aaron] Smith was a beast on the boards. I was very proud of him for that. I thought it was a very good team effort."
Williams finished with 10 points for the Braves, who will visit Voorheesville on Tuesday, starting a stretch of six straight road games.
They will return home Jan. 8 to host Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.
"When you have 11 turnovers in the second half, you make [four] baskets in the second half, you shoot 5-for-14 from the foul line and you have the issues with the rebounding, who are you going to beat?" Wilson said. "As hard as these guys play, statistics don't lie. We got beat in a lot of categories tonight. If we continue to do that, we're not going to win many games."
Schalmont 46, Fonda-Fultonville 33
Schalmont15 8 10 13 - 46
Fonda-Fultonville11 8 5 9 - 33
Daversa 3-0-6, Curtin 3-0-8, Murphy 4-2-13, O'Dell 2-0-4, Frank 1-2-4, DellaVilla 1-0-2, Caputo 3-1-7, Coons 1-0-2. Totals: 18-5-46.
Ives 1-1-3, Williams 3-2-10, Turner 2-2-6, Derby 4-0-10, Sammons 1-0-2, Valachovic 1-0-2. Totals 12-5-33.
3-point goals: Schalmont 5 (Curtin 2, Murphy 3); Fonda-Fultonville 4 (Williams 2, Derby 2).