JOHNSTOWN - The Johnstown Sir Bills trailed at halftime but outscored the South Glens Falls Bulldogs by 15 in the second half in cruising to a 68-55 conference victory.
Johnstown (8-5 overall, 4-5 Foothills) used their superior athleticism down low all game. The Sir Bills' starting frontcourt duo of Jon Heroth and Austin Riska combined for 44 points, while South Glens Falls (1-12 overall, 1-8 Foothills) looked to do most of their damage from outside.
Heroth got going early for Johnstown. The big man scored the first four points of the game before going on to tally 10 in the first quarter. Riska added six, but neither could keep pace with the Bulldogs' leading scorer Travis Ramsey.
Johnstown’s Sammy Davis (44) avoids the defensive pressure of South Glens Falls’ Tyler Greenlaw during Tuesday’s Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
Ramsey was red hot in the first half, knocking down a triple to begin a 7-0 solo run early in the first. Later in the quarter, Ramsey's second three sparked another 7-0 run that put the Bulldogs up 16-14. Ramsey drilled three-pointers to bookend South Glens Falls' scoring in the second quarter and finished with 18 first-half points.
The Sir Bills were tentative offensively in the second quarter, while South Glens Falls played with more confidence than would be expected out of a one-win team. The Bulldogs hit three from downtown in the quarter and led 33-31 entering halftime.
A big third quarter for Johnstown at both ends of the court shifted the momentum their way, and they never let it go. The Sir Bills opened the quarter on a 13-2 run keyed by two field goals apiece from Riska, Heroth and Jamal Vazquez.
Ramsey all but disappeared in the second half for South Glens Falls as the Bulldogs instead opted for more drives to the basket. They were able to draw fouls but missed their first six free throw attempts of the half before going on to be outscored 17-6 in the third.
Johnstown's stellar third quarter play was spurred by simple ball control. The Sir Bills didn't turn the ball over in the second or third quarter and finished the game with just eight total turnovers. The Bulldogs forked the ball over 13 times, including five in the third.
The Sir Bills began piling it on in the fourth as South Glens Falls struggled to connect from the field. An 8-0 Johnstown run midway through the quarter gave them an 18-point lead - their largest of the game. With Johnstown up 62-48 in the final minutes, Ramsey made an impact for the first time since the second quarter. The senior guard hit three straight jumpers for South Glens Falls including his fifth three-pointer to bring the Bulldogs within 11, but that was the closest they would get. Ramsey led all scorers with 25 points.
Heroth flirted with a double-double, leading Johnstown with 23 points and nine rebounds while Riska finished with 21 and 6. The Sir Bills out-rebounded the Bulldogs 29-24.
Johnstown will look to avenge a 14-point December loss to the Gloversville Dragons when the teams clash at Gloversville High School on Friday at 7:30.
Johnstown 68, South Glens Falls 55
South Glens Falls16 17 6 16 - 55
Johnstown19 12 17 20 - 68
South Glens Falls
Ramsey 9-2-25, Greenlaw 4-2-10, Touse 0-7-7, Fish 1-2-4, Kuebler 1-0-3, Anastasia 1-0-2, Lane 1-0-2, Legac 1-0-2. Totals 18-13-55.
Heroth 10-3-23, Riska 8-5-21, Auty 2-1-6, Vazquez 2-0-5, Caputo 2-0-4, Lee 1-2-4, Hornidge 1-0-3, Szurek 1-0-2. Totals 27-11-68.
3-point goals: Johnstown 3 (Hornidge, Auty, Vazquez); South Glens Falls 6 (Ramsey 5, Kuebler)