GLOVERSVILLE — James Collar connected for 30 points to lead eighth-seeded Gloversville to a 56-42 victory over No. 9 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in the opening round of the Section II Class A tournament Wednesday at Gloversville High School.
The Dragons advance to play top-seeded Troy at 5 p.m. Sunday at Hudson Valley Community College.
“It has been a long road since starting out 1-5, and winning seven of our last eight games,” Gloversville coach Ed Collar said. “The kids have really come together and are playing well at the right time. We have learned how to win and battle through some things. We have been able to get the stops when we need them and get the buckets when we need them, especially in the fourth quarter. That’s really important.”
The Dragons opened the game with an 8-0 run before Burnt Hills got its first points, a 3-pointer by Alex Doin, three minutes into the game. The Spartans continued to find success behind the 3-point arc, but could not catch the Dragons as they held a 17-11 advantage at the end of the opening period.
The Spartans continued hitting from long range with Doin hitting a pair of 3s and Noah DiCaprio giving Burnt Hills the lead, 20-19, with his 3-pointer with 3:30 left in the half. That lead lasted only seven seconds, as James Collar converted on a pair of free throws to put the Dragons back in front. Collar his two more baskets before the break and Doin hit his third 3-pointer of the quarter to send the teams into the locker rooms with Gloversville hanging onto a 25-23 lead.
Gloversville opened the second half with a 7-2 run and outscored the Spartans 20-7 in the third quarter to take a 45-30 lead into the final quarter.
James Collar continued to have success driving to the hoop, often drawing fouls and completing three-point plays, to help close out the 56-42 victory.
Coach Collar said the key to Gloversville’s success in the second half was being able to shut down the Burnt Hills shooters.
“We talked about Doin and Frame being shooters. They scored a lot in the first half and I was not real happy about our defense,” he said. “I thought it was a little flat tonight and we weren’t talking. Knowing that we have to get better each round, our defense has to step up. We switched to man in the second half, so that those guys wouldn’t get such open looks. I thought that was key.”
Doin finished the game with 12 points and Frame had six, with all their entire scoring coming in the first half. DiCaprio stepped up in the second half to score a team-high 14 points.
James Collar led the Gloversville scoring with 30 points and six assists, while Anthony Gray hit five 3-pointers for 15 points and Gio Glionna finished with eight.
“James is a three-year varsity guy running the floor,” coach Collar said. “He took his time, saw what was there and saw what was available. He was able to get to the rim a lot tonight and they really didn’t have an answer for him.”
Gloversville will now turn its attention to Sunday’s game against Troy.
“We scrimmaged them early, and they are a quick and fast team. . . . I fully expect to compete, and expect that if we play our game, and play the way we are capable, we have a chance to win,” coach Collar said.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 11 12 7 12 — 42
Gloversville 17 8 20 11 — 56
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake scoring: Yannuzzi 2-0-4, Goldman 1-0-3, Veronezi 1-1-3, Doin 4-0-12, Frame 2-0-6, DiCaprio 5-3-14. Gloversville scoring: Perez 1-1-3, Ja. Collar 11-8-30, Gray 5-0-15, Glionna 3-1-8. Scoring totals: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 15-4-42, Gloversville 20-10-56.
IN OTHER ACTION
Fonda-Fultonville’s 1-2-3 punch — the respective girls’ basketball jersey numbers of senior Kyla Smith, senior Carly Atty and junior Quincy Lake, respectively — proved to be too much for No. 3 Catskill in the Section II Class B quarterfinals.
In an upset win, No. 6 Fonda-Fultonville topped Catskill 68-47 in the Section II Class B quarterfinals at Mechanicville High School. Smith scored 19 points, Lake added 14 and Atty had 13, while Smith and Atty took turns guarding Janay Brantley, Catskill’s top-scoring threat.
Brantley finished with a game-high 23 points, but was challenged during the contest by the senior pair from Fonda-Fultonville.
“It was kind of intimidating to go out and guard her [Brantley], but I think Carly and I did well on switching on her when we were tired, and our bigs did well down low,” Kyla Smith said of defending Brantley, Catskill’s all-time leading scorer.
Fonda-Fultonville was up 37-26 at halftime, but Catskill pulled within nine points early in the fourth quarter. Then, Smith hit a 3-pointer to re-establish an 11-point lead. Catskill’s Ava Edmond managed to convert two free throws a minute later, but it was Atty who delivered her own 3-point dagger with 4:45 left in the contest for a 59-47 advantage and Catskill was held scoreless the remainder of the contest.
“I think we needed a little bit of an energy boost. Being up by nine wasn’t comfortable enough for us,” Atty said. “Being able to hit that shot gave us the energy we needed to pull away.”
Fonda-Fultonville will play No. 2 Mechanicville in next Tuesday’s semifinals. The Mechanicville girls’ basketball team didn’t let anything stand in its way Wednesday, as the club dismissed Broadalbin-Perth 46-29 in its quarterfinal.
The seventh-seeded Patriots were held to fewer than 10 points in each of the first three quarters as second-seeded Mechanicville’s defense proved to be too powerful.
“We put a lot of demands on the kids with different defenses, different sets and we keep on challenging them,” Mechanicville coach Blain Goverski said. “To be here, going into the final four — our fourth in five years — is incredible.”
Mechanicville senior Chloe Goverski scored a game-high 24 points and Lila Christensen added 11. Jillian Sassanella led the Patriots with six points, while Emma Goebel and Julia Mycek added four each.
In other Section II Class B girls’ basketball action, Karissa Antonie scored 20 points to lead three players in double figures for No. 1 Schalmont in its 66-35 win over No. 8 Tamarac. Haley Burchhardt added 18 points and Payton Graber scored 17 for Schalmont, which led 29-16 at halftime and pulled away with a 22-9 advantage in the third quarter. Sidney Phillips and Myanna Faraj scored nine points each for Tamarac.
Schalmont will play fourth-seeded Ichabod Crane, which defeated No. 5 Albany Academy 54-42. Carolina Williams scored 23 points in the win, which saw the teams tied at 21 at halftime and Ichabod Crane produced a 24-15 third quarter. Delaney More contributed eight points and Malati Culver added seven. For Albany Academy, Saige Randolph scored 18 points, Bella Vincent had eight and Meleena Ottati added seven.
In the Section II Class A boys’ basketball tournament, No. 5 Scotia-Glenville defeated No. 12 South Glens Falls 53-44. Aaron Corker led Scotia-Glenville with 17 points, while Carson Vein scored 14 and Ben Kline scored 13. Scotia-Glenville, which next plays No. 4 Amsterdam, trailed 27-25 at halftime before outscoring South Glens Falls 14-5 in the third quarter. South Glens Falls was led by 21 points from Max Lilac and 15 from Jake Carpenter.
No. 7 Averill Park won 76-45 against No. 10 Mohonasen. Nick Carbone led Averill Park with 28 points, Nicholas Galuska added 10 and Dan Coiteux scored 10. Averill Park, which will next play No. 2 Hudson Falls, made 17 3-pointers in the win. Jacob Paolino scored eight points for Mohonasen.
In the Section II Class B boys’ basketball tournament, No. 1 Tamarac reeled off 32 points in the first quarter of its 89-57 win over 17th-seeded Schalmont. Zachary Rice scored 21 points, Joey Poulin scored 17, James Blake scored 16 and Patrick Mainello scored 14 for Tamarac. Leading Schalmont were Andrew Van Dyk with 17 points, Isaiah Smith with 15 and Max Pratt added 10.