GLOVERSVILLE -To be successful, the Gloversville Dragons new they had to stop Fonda-Fultonville's Will Turner.
The Dragons' applied a physical defense against the 6-foot-7 junior limiting him to one field goal, while getting a 15-point scoring effort off the bench from Corin Smith to stop the Braves 70-50 in the opening round of the Gloversville Holiday Tournament Friday night at Gloversville High School.
The Dragons advance to the championship game where they will square off against Mekeel Christian Academy at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Gloverville’s Barceem Dukes (11) puts up an off-balance shot after grabbing an offensive rebound during Friday’s opening-round game of the Gloversville Holiday Tournament at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Lions advanced to the title game with a 95-80 victory over the Amsterdam Rams.
"We knew we had to limit Will's touches and I thought we did a pretty good job of making it difficult for him in the post," Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. "I thought we got great contributions from our bench again tonight. Chris Rockefeller and Corin Smith gave us quality efforts. Everyone who played tonight contributed to this win."
Gloversville got off to a fast start, opening the game on a 10-2 run that featured a pair of 3-pointers from Kevin Johnston.
The Dragons continued their offensive surge, with three field goals, including a 3-pointer from James Scholl, while holding the Braves to a single field goal and four free throws in the opening eight minutes.
"We just weren't ready to go. We were a step slow," Fonda-Fultonville coach Eric Wilson said. "When guys get the ball and dribble the length of the court and we do nothing to cut them off or get somebody off from the help side to cut him off."
Gloversville showed its long range shooting ability with Johnston, Chris Rockefeller and Smith all hitting from behind the arc to help build a 36-18 halftime advantage.
The Braves offense also began finding scoring opportunities in the second period as Ryan Derby connected for six of Fonda-Fultonville's 12 points in the period.
"I know they have some shooters and they did a good job of getting the ball to them early," Wilson said of Gloversville. "We were letting them get set. We just did not defend well in the half court early on. As the game went on we did better but we just dug ourselves to deep of a hole."
Gloversville opened the second half with two unanswered baskets, but the Braves went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead from 22 to 13 points. Smith broke the Dragons' scoring drought with a 3-pointer that Derby answered with his second 3-pointer of the game.
Gloversville closed out the period with an 11-5 run to build its lead back up to 19, 54-35, heading into the final stanza.
The Dragons reserves maintained the lead through the final eight minutes to secure the victory and advance to the tournaments championship game.
"We shot well from the foul line tonight and did a good job on the boards it was a good all around team win," LeFever said.
Smith came off the bench to lead the Dragons scoring with 15, while Hunter Goodwin and Johnston netted 11 points apiece.
Barceem Dukes contributed 10 of his team-high 13 rebounds on the defensive board, while Rockefeller added six points and three assists.
Derby and Mace Madore led the Fonda-Fultonville scoring with nine points apiece, while Luke Calkins and Cameron Ives both scored seven.
The Dragons held Turner to one field goal and four free throws.
"Gloversville did a good job on him. They physically knocked him around and beat on him," Wilson said. "When we did do some good things we did not get him the ball, Again we were a second slow getting him the ball when he was open. Gloversville did a good job defending him but we did not do a good job of helping will out at all."
Mekeel Christian 95, Amsterdam 80
GLOVERSVILLE - The Mekeel Christian Lions had three players score 20 points or more and connected on 17 of 31 3-point attempts to advance to the championship game of the Gloversville Holiday Tournament.
Caleb Stewart led the trio with his triple-double of 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists to go with four steals, while Spencer Bath hit seven 3-pointers for 21 points and Courtney Penson had four 3-pointers en route to his 20-point effort. They were joined in double figures by Daniel Alteri who registered 10 points on the night.
Amsterdam also placed four players in double figures.
Luis Laboy led the Rams with 31 points and six rebounds, while Zach Dufel and Rob Sherlock had 12 points each. William Carr contributed 11 points to the Rams attack, while Sherlock added six rebounds and John Hardies contributed seven boards.
Amsterdam and Fonda-Fultonville will meet in the consolation game of the tournament at 6 p.m. tonight at the Gloversville High School gym.
Gloversville 70, Fonda-Fultonville 50
Fonda-Fultonville6 12 17 15 - 50
Gloversville17 19 18 16 - 70
Calkins 3-0-7, Derby 3-1-9, Ives 2-3-7, Madore 3-3-9, Nowak 1-3-5, Sammons 2-0-4, Turner 1-4-6, Valachovic 1-0-3. Totals: 16-14-50.
K. Arnold 2-2-6, S. Arnold 1-0-2, Barnhill 3-2-8, Dukes 2-2-6, Goodwin 5-1-11, Johnston 4-0-11, Mustafa 1-0-2, Rockefeller 2-1-6, Scholl 1-0-3, Smith 5-3-15. Totals: 26-11-70.
3-point goals: Fonda-Fultonville 4 (Derby 2, Calkins, Zach Valachovic); Gloversville 7 (Johnston 3, Smith 2, Scholl, Rockefeller).
Mekeel Christian 95, Amsterdam 80
Mekeel Christian22 23 18 32 - 95
Amsterdam18 17 19 27 - 80
Mekeel Christian Academy
Alteri 4-1-10, Bath 7-0-21, Miller 2-2-6, Penson 7-2-20, Stewart 9-11-32, Wager 2-0-6. Totals: 31-16-95.
Carr 4-2-11, Centi 1-2-5, Druziak 1-0-3, Dufel 5-0-12, Hardies 1-0-2, Laboy 13-2-31, Martin 1-0-2, Pritchard 1-0-2, Sherlock 5-1-12. Totals: 32-6-80.
3-point goals: Mekeel Christian 17 (Bath 7, Penson 4, Stewart 3, Wager 2, Alteri); Amsterdam 9 (Laboy 3, Dufel 2, Carr, Centi, Druziak, Sherlock).