Broadalbin-Perth boys’ basketball defense keys win over Gloversville


Broadalbin-Perth’s Ryan Savoie races towards the basket for another transition lay-up against Gloversville Friday night in Foothills Council action at Broadalbin-Perth High School.

BROADALBIN — For the second game in a row the Broadalbin-Perth boys’ basketball defense didn’t rest. The difference on Friday night against Gloversville was the Patriots defense turned into offensive opportunities and cashed in on them.

The Patriots held the Dragons to single digits in the final three quarters and cruised to a 52-28 Foothills Council victory.

“We haven’t been playing very well lately,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “We’ve set basketball back about 100 years, back to the Naismith days offensively. We held a team to 35 [points] and lost.”

The 35-32 loss to Schuylerville on Tuesday refocused the Patriots to stop their opponent and turn it into an offensive advantage.

On Friday — it worked.

“Coming off the momentum on the stops, the deflections and our 3-2 zone I felt it was too much for them to handle,” Patriot junior guard Mariano DiCaterino said. “They couldn’t really stop us. I was just trying to work with Ryan [Savoie] to create some momentum to keep us going.”

DiCaterino finished with 21 points, including four 3-pointers and Savoie added 14 of his own. The duo combined to outscore the entire Dragons squad 35-28.

“We got a lot of steals, got out in transition, made our lay-ups, hit some shots,” Savoie said. “We were up by eight going to halftime, we had a lot of momentum going into the locker room. We came out in the third quarter and our defense was nuts.”

Gloversville’s best output was a 10-point first quarter, saved by James Collar’s 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie Broadalbin-Perth (7-7) after being down by as many as five points early on.

The remainder of the contest was filled with frustration for the Dragons.

The Patriots defense created tips out-of-bounds and turnovers leading to transition lay-ups while Gloversville (4-7) could not get the ball inside to its big man, Giorgio Glionna, who was limited to four points on the night.

“They’ve got a good shooter, they’ve got a big guy inside,” Gifford said. “We were able to take those things away and then limit them when they did get it to one shot.”

Broadalbin-Perth may have turned the corner after two solid defensive outings, including Friday’s win against rival Gloversville.

“I would like to think tonight was our turning point and we’re going to keep heading in the right direction because you’re running out of time,” Gifford said. “With sectional in a few weeks, right now is the time to start doing it.”

Gloversville 10 6 7 5 —28

Broadalbin-Perth 10 14 14 14 — 51

Gloversville scoring: Dorman 1-0-3, Rulison 1-0-3, Ja. Collar 2-2-7, Gray 2-0-6, Jo. Collar 1-0-3, LaRowe 1-0-2, Glionna 1-2-4. Broadalbin-Perth scoring: Magliocca 1-0-2, Savoie 6-1-14, DiCaterino 6-5-21, Robles 0-2-2, Russom 1-0-2, De Jong 1-0-2, Rogers 4-0-9. Scoring totals: Gloversville, 9-4-28. Broadalbin-Perth, 19-8-52.

By Stan Hudy

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