Gloversville boys’ basketball finds its shooting touch in win over Amsterdam


Gloversville’s James Collar goes up for for a shot against Amsterdam’s Jhai Vellon in a Foothills Council boys’ basketball showdown at Gloversville High School Tuesday, January 25, 2022 in Gloversville. 

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville boys’ basketball team found its shooting touch at just the right time Tuesday night and earned a 63-59 win over Foothills Council rival Amsterdam at home.

Trailing throughout the first half, including during a bleak 14-7 first quarter, the Dragons produced a 28-16 third quarter to separate themselves from the Rams.

“We only scored 28 points against Broadalbin-Perth Friday night,” Gloversville coach Ed Collar said after the win. “We played defense, we got some turnovers, we got some easy baskets off turnovers, which we don’t always get. We actually ran our break a little bit more tonight and we got some stuff in transition.”

Gloversville junior James Collar scored a game-high 23 points that included six assists and four rebounds, one of his best performances this season after missing several games with nagging injuries.

“I’m just getting back, trying to get back into the groove of things,” James Collar said. “I’m not worried if my shot isn’t falling — it’s not always going to fall — but I’m trying to work on doing the little things to help us win.”

That included finding help from his teammates outside the 3-point arc in the second quarter.

“Dom [Dominic Dorman] and Ant [Anthony Gray], they were on tonight so I had to find them,” James Collar said. “I came out, got them the ball, they were hitting shots and they kept going in.”

Gray finished with 12 points on four 3-pointers and Dorman finished with 10 points, including three 3s.

While Gloversville got better as the game went along, Amsterdam struggled to maintain its transition offense to create its own offensive opportunities.

“I thought they did an exceptional job just with second chances,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said. “James [Collar] hit some big shots, and they have struggled without those big shots.”

Joseph Pleasant led Amsterdam with his double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds, while JaShean Vann added 10 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and finished with three assists.

The Rams have little time to lament the loss to the Dragons with a full slate of games ahead of them this week.

“We don’t have any time to cry because we’ve got Schuylerville [Wednesday], Hudson Falls Friday and then the Albany Academy weekend,” said Jones, whose team plays twice in Albany this upcoming weekend before then returning to Foothills Council play Tuesday against Glens Falls. “We’re not done. It’s not the last game.”


Amsterdam 14 12 16 17 — 59

Gloversville 7 16 28 12 — 63

Amsterdam scoring: Vann 4-1-10, Douglas 6-0-13, Thompson 3-2-9, Vellon 1-0-2, Dueno 4-0-11, Pleasant 7-0-14. Gloversville: Bradt 1-0-2, Dorman 4-0-10, Collar 8-3-23, Gray 4-0-12, Glionna 7-1-16. Scoring totals: Amsterdam 25-3-59, Gloversville 24-4-63.

By Stan Hudy

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