GLOVERSVILLE - Keyshawn Arnold did not get the start for Gloversville in Friday afternoon's game against Averill Park but he did provide the finish.
The senior forward hit three big fourth quarter 3-pointers to help the Dragons ward off a late-game surge from Averill Park and secure the 63-55 non-league victory.
"Keyshawn Arnold shot extremely well tonight," Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. "It is like he had ice in his veins. He didn't hesitate; he got the ball, squared up and knocked down clutch shots from both sides of the court. He had a huge game, and it was impressive, but I thought we also had a pretty good team effort tonight. We got contributions from everybody on the floor. Early on we didn't shoot too well from the foul line but down the stretch we did much better."
Gloversville’s James Scholl (1) passes around Averill Park’s Isaiah Moak (10) and Tim Yetto (33) during Monday’s non-league game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
With the non-league win, Gloversville improves to 5-0 overall, while posting a 3-0 Foothills Council record to share first place in the league standings with Scotia-Glenville heading into the Christmas break.
"That was a huge win for Gloversville basketball," LeFever said. "Defeating a Suburban Council team for a second time will help us come sectional seeding time."
The Dragons got off to a good start with Asa Barnhill putting up the first four points before Averill Park went on a 10-0 run to take a 10-4 lead.
Barnhill broke the drought with his second 3-pointer of the quarter and sparked an 11-2 run to give Gloversville a 15-12 lead at the end of the period.
The senior kept his hot hand in the second quarter, netting six more points, while Arnold added four more to his eight first-quarter points off the bench. The scoring tandem combined for 24 of Gloverville's 29 first-half points as the Dragons carried a 29-21 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Dragons balanced out their attack in the third quarter with five players combining for 14 points and open a 43-32 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.
The Warriors stepped up their level of defensive intensity in the quarter and cut the Dragons lead, which had grown to 46-34 early in the quarter, to nine, 50-41.
Arnold broke the Averill Park momentum with a 3-pointer from the left corner. However, Myles Joyce, who finished with 12 fourth-quarter points, answered and helped trim the lead back down to six, 53-47 with 1:54 left to play.
Arnold again responded with a clutch 3-pointer this time from the right corner to take the lead back to nine.
The Warriors kept working and got the lead down to four, 58-54, on a Joyce 3-pointer with 32 seconds on the clock.
Arnold again responded, only this time from the free-throw line, sinking both attempts to make it a two-possession game.
The Warriors could not connect from the field and when Hunter Goodwin was fouled grabbing a defensive rebound and was fouled with 3 seconds remaining, he converted on both free throws to finish off the 63-55 victory.
"I am glad to see we maintained our composure and did what we needed to do to finish the game," LeFever said.
Arnold delivered 12 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter. Barnhill finished the game with 17 points and James Scholl went 7 for 9 from the free-throw line en route to his 10-point game. Goodwin finished with five points and Barceem Dukes four to round of the Dragons' scoring.
Joyce led the Warriors with 20 points, while Isaiah Moak had 13.
Gloversville 63, Averill Park 55
Averill Park12 9 11 23 - 55
Gloversville15 14 14 20 - 63
Fahrenkopf 3-0-7, Moak 2-9-13, Ernst 1-2-4, Rollins 2-0-5, Joyce 8-5-20, Sears 1-1-3. Totals: 17-17-55.
Scholl 1-7-10, Barnhill 4-6-17, Dukes 2-0-4, Goodwin 1-3-5, Arnold 8-7-27. Totals: 16-23-63.
3-point goals: Averill Park 4 (Joyce 2, Rollins, Fahrenkopf); Gloversville 8 (Arnold 4, Barnhill 3, Scholl).