GLOVERSVILLE -Asa Barnhill hit a basket for Gloversville 27 seconds into the boys basketball game with Broadalbin-Perth to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead.
That would be the only lead Gloversville would have all game as Ryan Dingman hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 13-4 run and help the Patriots deal the Dragons their second league loss of the season with a 63-55 victory Friday night at Gloversville High School.
"It was a big win," Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. "[Gloversville] is a very good basketball team. I was happy that we rose to the occasion on somebody else's court. Look at the atmosphere. We haven't seen an atmosphere like that all year. There were a lot of people here and it turned out to be a pressure-cooker game. I am just happy we responded when they came back on us and cut it to two and the kids really stepped up big to get the win."
Broadalbin-Perth's Andre Taylor tosses the ball up for a basket after drawing a blocking foul from Gloversville's Barceem Dukes during Friday's Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
The Patriots found success early from behind the 3-point arc with Dingman hitting two 3-pointers and Colby Hartz adding one to help build a 13-2 lead before Gloversville's Barceem Dukes and Quantel McGee answered for Gloversville in the closing minute to put the score at 13-6 at the end of the quarter.
However, Gloversville's offensive struggles were magnified by B-P's zone press that kept the Dragons offense out of sync and forced multiple turnovers in the period.
The Patriots quickly built the lead back to double-digits early in the second period with Dingman hitting his third 3-pointer of the game for a 16-6 lead.
Again the Broadalbin-Perth defense kept Gloversville off balance, forcing turnovers in the midcourt, that the Patriots capitalized on to extend the lead to 22-9 midway through the quarter.
Gloversville rallied back to cut the lead back to eight with just over a minute left in the half, but the Patriots responded with a 7-1 run to close out the period and take a 31-17 lead into the locker room at the half.
"I thought [Broadalbin-Perth] defended extremely well against us tonight," Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. "We were slow and did not move the ball very well. We did not move to get open but I credit their defense."
The Patriots showed no signs of letting down in the third quarter as they again pressed the Dragons and built their lead to 18, 45-27 with just over two minutes left in the period.
The Broadalbin-Perth pressure not only kept the Dragons' offense in check, it also led to Gloversville's big men under the basket, Barceem Dukes and Hunter Goodwin, heading to the bench with four fouls apiece midway through the quarter.
The Dragons previewed a little of what was coming in the final eight minutes when Keyshawn Arnold and Barnhill hit 3-pointers in the closing seconds of the period to cut the Patriots' lead to 47-34.
Barnhill converted on a pair of free throws and Arnold hit another 3-pointer in the opening minute to cut the Patriots lead down to single digits, 47-39.
The Patriots defense again came through with Robbie VanBrocklin forcing a pair of turnovers, that were converted into scores to take the lead to 51-39.
After Quantel McGee converted a pair of free throws for Gloversville and B-P responded with a three-point play from Andre Taylor to put the score at 54-41, the Dragons stepped up their game.
Playing with a sense of urgency, Gloversville pressed the Patriots' ballhandlers and quickly moved within striking distance of the lead with Barnhill sparking an 11-1 run to cut the lead to 55-52 with 2:50 left on the clock.
Jake Coveney broke the run with his basket to give the Patriots a 57-52 edge before Gloversville's Ryan Roy hit a free throw and John Robinson stole the ball and laid it in to cut the lead to two, 57-55 with 1:18 remaining.
That would be the end of Gloversville as the Dragons were forced to foul to get the ball back. Andre Taylor responded for the Patriots, converting on 6-of-6 free throws in the closing minute to secure the 63-55 victory.
"That is why you build a cushion because you know Gloversville is going to come back on you," Gifford said. "This is a game of runs and sometimes you just have to cut them off. Over the course of the past five or six games we have been able to get guys in and get them minutes. To have guys like our younger guys ready for when they need to step up and know they can do it was big."
Andre Taylor led the Patriots with 23 points including a 12-for-15 effort from the free-throw line. Dingman finished with 11 points and Van Brocklin and Preton Taylor both had nine. The Patriots' defense forced 13 turnovers in the game.
For Gloversville, Barnhill finished with 23 points, including three 3-pointers, and four assists. Dukes added seven points and 10 rebounds, while Roy and McGee chipped in with seven points apiece.
"We played with very little energy except for the fourth quarter," LeFever said. "Hopefully we can regroup and be ready to play on Tuesday."
Gloversville (9-3 overall, 6-2 Foothills) will travel to take on Glens Falls in a Foothills Council contest Tuesday, while Broadalbin-Perth (6-4 overall, 5-3 Foothills), will head to Queensbury (5-3 Foothills) with an eye on extending their win streak to six.
"We have Queensbury Tuesday so it doesn't get any easier, but I am proud of the way our kids battled tonight," Gifford said.
Broadalbin-Perth 63, Gloversville 55
Broadalbin-Perth13 18 16 16 - 63
Gloversville6 11 17 21 - 55
Coveney 3-0-6, VanBrocklin 4-0-9, A. Taylor 5-12-23, P. Taylor 2-5-9, Hartz 1-0-3, Dingman 4-0-11, Pingitore 1-0-2. totals: 20-17-63.
Barnhill 7-6-23, Robinson 1-0-2, McGee 2-2-7, Dukes 3-1-7, Goodwin 1-1-3, Arnold 2-0-6, Roy 2-2-7. Totals: 18-12-55.
3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 6 (Dingman 3, Hartz, A. Taylor, VanBrocklin); Gloversville 7 (Barnhill 3, Arnold 2, McGee, Roy).