GLOVERSVILLE -After falling behind 9-2 to the Johnstown Sir Bills early in Friday's Foothills Council boys basketball game, Gloversville Coach Mark LeFever called a quick timeout.
The break was enough for the Dragons to regroup and put together a 13-2 run to take a 15-11 lead. But they could not break away from the Sir Bills until the second half.
Holding their intercity rivals to 10 points and out rebounding the Sir Bills 23-8 in the second half, Gloversville pulled away for a decisive 53-32 victory Friday night at Gloversville High School.
Gloversville's Ryan Roy (44) and Johnstown's Ryan Auty (4) battle for a loose ball as the Dragons' James Scholl (1) and the Sir Bills' Jamal Vazquez (11) look on during Friday's Foothills Council game at Gloversville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
"We can't score 10 points in a half and expect to beat a team like that," Johnstown coach Matt Guzielek said. "I thought in the first quarter we were getting some pretty good in-rhythm shots. As we went into the second quarter we took quick shots, which got [Gloversville] going into transition a little bit and they were able to make a little bit of a run."
Jamal Vazquez was key to getting the Sir Bills off to a quick start, hitting for Johnstown's first five points, sandwiched around a field goal by Gloversville's Barceem Dukes. The Sir Bills kept rolling with Austin Riska and Jonathan Heroth connecting to build a 9-2 advantage.
After the time out, Asa Barnhill sparked the Dragons' 13-2 run with a 3-pointer to give Gloversville a 15-11 lead by the end of the opening period.
Devin Boyle and Alec Hornidge got the lead back for Johnstown with Boyle hitting a pair of 3-pointers and Hornidge also hitting from behind the arc to outscore Gloversville 9-4 in the opening minutes of the second period and take a 20-19 lead.
The Dragons tightened up on defense, forcing a pair of Johnstown turnovers, which they finished to close out the half on a 9-2 run for a 27-22 halftime lead.
Gloversville took control of the game in the third quarter with Dukes and Barnhill scoring six points apiece. The Sir Bills could not penetrate the Dragons' defense, resulting in only three points in the quarter on a Heroth field goal and a Riska free throw.
Carrying a 14-point lead into the final period, Gloversville remained in control with James Scholl hitting a pair of 3-pointers to help cap off the 53-32 victory.
"I though Johnstown defended well all night and created a few fits for us early on," Gloversville coach Mark LeFever said. "But Barceem Dukes wore them down on the inside and Asa [Barnhill] worked them from the outside."
Barnhill finished the night with 22 points to raise his season total to 268 points. Dukes delivered a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds.
"Barceem Dukes controlled the paint and the backboard the entire second half," LeFever said. "Our plan was to try to get it inside and we did a good job getting Barceem the ball and he finished very well tonight. Defensively, I thought Keyshawn Arnold did a very good job on [Jamal] Vazquez and Hunter Goodwin did a good job keeping [Austin] Riska in check. When Hunter got in foul trouble, Ryan Roy came in a did a good job on Riska too."
Riska, Johnstown's leading scorer averaging 16.6 points per game, was held to three points and five rebounds on the night. Heroth led the Sir Bills with 10 points and six rebounds.
Gloversville (11-3 overall, 8-2 Foothills) will have a short break before returning to action next Friday when it hosts Queensbury. Johnstown (7-6 overall, 4-6 Foothills) will travel to play Hudson Falls on Friday.
Gloversville 53, Johnstown 32
Johnstown11 11 3 7 - 32
Gloversville15 12 12 14 - 53
Boyle 2-0-6, Auty 1-0-2, Vazquez 3-0-7, Hornidge 1-1-4, Heroth 5-0-10, Riska 1-1-3. Totals: 13-2-32.
Scholl 2-0-6, Barnhill 6-7-22, Dukes 7-5-19, Goodwin 1-0-2, Arnold 1-0-3, Henley 0-1-1. Totals: 17-13-53.
3-point goals: Johnstown 4 (Devin Boyle 2, Jamal Vazquez, Alec Hornidge); Gloversville 6 (Asa Barnhill 3, James Scholl 2, Keyshawn Arnold).