CANAJOHARIE - The Johnstown Sir Bills and the Canajoharie Cougars both picked up victories Friday at Canajoharie High School in the first round of the annual Andy Palmer Classic.
Jamal Vazquez dropped 30 points for Johnstown as the Sir Bills manhandled the Schoharie Indians 70-38 in the first game of the varsity double-header. Dillan Veeder provided the heroics for Canajoharie, swooping and hooping through traffic for the eventual game-winning layup with 11 seconds remaining. Canajoharie edged the Little Falls Mounties 59-57.
Despite playing Johnstown (4-2 overall) to an even 15-15 first quarter, Schoharie was overmatched by the Sir Bills for the remaining three frames. Vazquez didn't get off to the auspicious start one would expect from a 30-point scorer, tallying just three points in the first quarter. Vazquez would add five more baskets from beyond the arc before all was said and done. Jon Heroth and Austin Riska combined for 10 Johnstown points in the first, while James Sacket scored five, including a three-pointer for Schoharie. The trey, combined with a jumper at the buzzer by Devan Smida, capped a 5-0 run for Schoharie that pulled them even after one.
Johnstown’s Matt Szurek (22) and Adam Caputo (20) battle Schoharie’s Conner Brown for a loose ball during the opening round of the Andy Palmer Holiday Tournament at Canajoharie High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
Vazquez began to percolate in the second quarter, at one point scoring 12 straight for the Sir Bills. Sacket added another three for Schoharie, but good ball movement by the Indians couldn't prevent poor shooting from the field.
The Sir Bills didn't sink a free throw in the first half despite every basket, save Vazquez's threes and an early jumper by Riska, coming at the rim.
Ryan Auty was active running the fast break for Johnstown all game. Auty repeatedly drove into the lane before dishing off to the open man. Auty found Vazquez near the start of the third for an easy layup that put Johnstown up by 17. Richie Lee sank Johnstown's first free throw of the game with 3:31 remaining in the quarter.
The Sir Bills put together their most dominant quarter, both offensively and defensively, in the fourth. The Sir Bills outscored the Indians 19-4, sinking three three-pointers before the clock ran out.
Conner Brown scored all four points for Schoharie in the quarter and finished with a team-high 17. Vazquez was the model of consistency for Johnstown, tallying 15 points and three baskets from downtown in each half. Riska quietly chipped in 10 for the Sir Bills while Lee used a big second half to finish with 16.
The Sir Bills will take on the Cougars in the title game of the tournament. Canajoharie (5-2) earned their way into the title game by handing Little Falls (5-1) their first loss of the season.
Canajoharie got off to a rocky start, giving up three quick blow-by layups before head coach Phil Schoff called a timeout. Out of the break, Logan Sala got the Cougars on the board with a three-pointer. The Mounties, however, scored the next seven points to take a 13-3 lead.
Near the end of the quarter, a triple from Colin Davis shifted the momentum in Canajoharie's favor. The Cougars ended the first on a 7-2 run before crawling back to tie the game at 19 midway through the second. The teams combined for six three-pointers in the quarter, four of which came in succession for the Mounties. Josh Gonzalez scored six of his team-leading 18 points in the frame for the Cougars, including a second-chance layup with one second remaining in the half to cut Little Falls' lead to 32-30.
Despite tying the Mounties twice in the second quarter, the Cougars didn't grab their first lead of the game until Zach Folts scooped in a layup with the score tied at 32. Folts scored six points in the quarter while the Cougars picked the pockets of the Mounties with ease. Little Falls turned the ball over at a high clip, stunting their offensive rhythm and limiting them to just seven points in the quarter.
The Cougars took a seven-point lead into the final quarter after finishing the third scoring six straight, but Little Falls came out poised to make a run. Mitchell Baumeister and Brian Ewanyk combined for nine points as part of an 11-4 Little Falls run that tied the game at 50, thanks in part to Canajoharie catching the turnover bug. The lead changed hands eight times from that point forward. Zach Ouderkirk, Gonzalez, and Folts all provided go-ahead buckets down the stretch for Canajoharie. Ewanyk, who led Little Falls with 20 points, snatched the lead back twice before Veeder tore through the Mounties' defense for the game-winner. Veeder, who was fouled, sank the free throw to complete the and one opportunity. Baumeister hoisted up a corner three over Folts for the win that fell well short.
Folts finished the game with eight points for Canajoharie, while Veeder chipped in 11 and Sala scored 12 including two threes.
The tournament title game between the Sir Bills and the Cougars will tip off at 7:30 tonight at Canajoharie High School. Schoharie and Little Falls will play in the consolation game at 6 p.m.
Johnstown 70, Schoharie 38
Johnstown 15 18 18 19 - 70
Schoharie 15 8 11 4 - 38
Vazquez 12-0-30, Lee 7-1-16, Riska 4-2-10, Heroth 4-0-8, Szurek 2-0-4, Caputo 1-0-2. Totals 30-3-70.
Brown 4-9-17, Sacket 4-0-10, Smida 2-1-5, O'Neill 1-0-2, Silverlieb 1-0-2, Rose 0-2-2. Totals 12-12-38.
3-point-goals: Johnstown 7 (Vazquez 6, Lee); Schoharie 2 (Sacket 2)
Canajoharie 59, Little Falls 57
Canajoharie 10 20 16 13 - 59
Little Falls 15 17 7 18 - 57
Gonzalez 7-4-18, Sala 5-0-12, Veeder 4-3-11, Folts 4-0-8, Ouderkirk 2-0-4, Anderson 1-0-3, Davis 1-0-3. Totals 24-7-59.
Ewanyk 7-6-20, Baumeister 4-4-15, Wind 2-3-7, Hubbell 2-0-5, Yallowitz 1-2-4, Green 1-1-3, Ward 1-0-3. Totals 18-16-57.
3-point-goals: Canajoharie 4 (Sala 2, Davis, Anderson); Little Falls 5 (Baumeister 3, Hubbell, Ward
Duanesburg 58, Northville 46
Doane Stuart 50, Galway 40
NORTHVILLE -A trio of Falcons scored in double-digits but it was not enough to overcome the 22-point performance by Duanesburg's Chris Smalls in the opening round of the Woodward Tournament Saturday at Northville High School.
Kalob Russell led Northville (2-5 overall, 1-3 WAC) with 16 points, while Danny Reidell scored 11 and Nick Jonas added 10.
Doane Stuart defeated Galway 50-40 in the other opening-round game and will face Duanesburg in the championship game scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
Deshawn Speights led the Thunder Chicken with 21 points, while Patrick Gorman added 10.
Mike Mattice led Galway with 14 points and Dan Diaz chipped in with 10.
Northville will tip off against Galway in the consolation game at 6 p.m. today.
Duanesburg 58, Northville 46
Duanesburg10 24 7 17 - 58
Northville15 6 12 13 - 46
Lenahan 2-1-5, Loukides 1-0-3, Smalls 10-1-22, Madison 3-0-6, Casper 1-0-3, Langeteu 1-0-3, Martin 1-0-2, Lowal 1-0-2, Kenyon 1-1-3, Hyberty 1-2-5. Totals: 22-5-58.
Monette 1-1-3, Russell 7-1-16, Holmes 1-0-2, Jonas 3-3-10, Reidell 4-3-11, Edwards 1-0-2, Moore 1-0-2. totals: 18-8-46.
Doane Stuart 50, Galway 40
Galway7 9 11 13 - 40
Doane Stuart 12 3 19 16 - 50
Z. Hartman 1-0-3, Diaz 4-2-10, T. Hartman 2-0-4, Bagwell 1-0-3, Mattice 6-2-14, Roy 1-0-2, Flint 1-0-2, Goergen 1-0-2. Totals: 17-4-40.
Adeyola 1-0-2, Gorman 4-2-10, Oatman 1-0-2, Ganz 2-2-8, Speights 5-10-21, Hammond 1-0-2, Mathes 2-0-5. Totals: 16-14-50.
Dick White Memorial Tournament
Fort Plain 51, Sydney 47
COOPERSTOWN - Fort Plain rallied to outscore Sydney 30-19 in the second half to pick up the victory in the opening round of the Dick White Memorial Tournament Saturday at Cooperstown High School.
Aiden Van Loan led the Hilltoppers with 13 points, while Kiernan Briggs had 10 and Eric Oriogio pulled down eight rebounds to go with seven points.
The Hilltoppers will play the winner between Cooperstown and Cobleskill-Richmondville today in the championship game.
Fort Plain 51, Sydney 47
Fort Plain9 12 14 16 - 51
Sydney17 11 8 11 - 47
Calbet 2-3-8, VanLoan 5-3-13, Briggs 4-2-10, Florian 1-2-4, Oriogio 3-1-7, Stever 2-0-4, Empie 1-2-5. Totals: 18-13-51.
Meno 8-0-18, Vivvard 2-0-6, Barnes 1-0-2, McKee 0-1-1, Kozak 3-0-7, Larson 3-6-13. Totals: 17-7-47.
3-point goals: Fort Plain 2 (Jon Calbet, Isiah Empie); Sydney 6 (Nick Meno 2, Pat Vivvard 2, Bill Kozak, Trey Larson).
Fonda-Fultonville 47, Central Valley 33
FONDA - Will Turner delivered a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds to help lift Fonda-Fultonville to a non-league win Saturday.
Cam Ives chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds for the Braves (3-5 overall, 1-2 Colonial Council)
Fonda-Fultonville 47, Central Valley Academy 33
Central Valley7 8 4 14 - 33
Fonda-Fultonville12 11 5 19 - 47
Central Valley Academy
Brough 2-1-5, Klosner 3-0-6, Madigan 1-0-2, Perez 0-1-1, Werenczak 2-0-4, Sponburgh 3-0-6, Miller 1-0-2, Marquissee 3-1-7. Totals: 15-3-33.
Calkins 2-2-6, Ives 6-2-14, Madore 3-1-7, Williams 1-0-3, Turner 6-3-17. Totals: 18-8-47.
3-point goals: Central Valley Academy none; Fonda-Fultonville 3 (Will Turner 2, Russ Willilams).