Amsterdam boys’ basketball uses strong start to post win over Broadalbin-Perth

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Amsterdam’s Jhai Vellon is fouled in front of Broadalbin-Perth’s Landon Russom on Tuesday.

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AMSTERDAM — Through three games, the Amsterdam boys’ basketball team is unbeaten this season.

The Rams’ latest win came Tuesday as they posted an 83-61 Foothills Council victory over Broadalbin-Perth at Amsterdam High School.

“It’s another win for us,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said. “I’m proud of my guys for their effort. We have room to grow though.”

Victor Dueno led the Rams with 23 points, including five 3-pointers. Alec Bartone netted 21 points for Amsterdam, while Jhai Vellon and Ceasar Thompson each had 13 points.

Sam Hotaling scored a game-high 26 points to lead Broadalbin-Perth. Ryan Savoie (18 points) and Camron VanSlyke (12) also hit double figures for the Patriots, who have lost four straight since winning their season opener over Cobleskill-Richmondville.

“We’re struggling a little bit,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jonathan Randolph said. “We’re going to get there though. I’ve been throwing a lot at them.”

The Patriots scored the game’s first points before Amsterdam reeled off the next 10 points in succession to grab a 10-2 advantage.

Hotaling’s second basket of the quarter made it 10-4 before the Rams went on another run, scoring 12 straight points to open up a 22-4 lead with 1:49 left in the first quarter.

The opening frame ended with Amsterdam up by a 23-9 margin as Bartone scored nine points in the first eight minutes for the Rams.

Hotaling scored six of the Patriots’ nine points in the first quarter.

After the opening quarter, Amsterdam outscored B-P 60-52 over the final three quarters.

“Right now, we’re killing ourselves with mistakes and turnovers,” Randolph said. “We’ve got to get five guys playing a full game at the same time all together.”

The Patriots were able to pull within 11 points with 2:06 left in the first half after back-to-back 3-pointers by Savoie made it 34-23.

“I give Broadalbin-Perth credit. They fight,” Jones said. “Battling to the end is part of their culture.”

Amsterdam answered by closing out the first half with a 9-2 surge to lead 43-25 at the half.

After the break, the Rams opened up 26-point lead by scoring the first eight points of the half.

Amsterdam outscored the Patriots 19-17 in the quarter to take a 62-42 lead into the final frame.

Thompson scored seven points in the third quarter for the Rams, while Hotaling scored seven points in the third for the Patriots.

The final quarter saw Amsterdam maintain its 20-point advantage throughout as it cruised to an 83-61 victory.

Dueno scored 10 points in the quarter for the Rams, while Hotaling scored 11 in the final frame for B-P.

“We were able to do enough tonight,” Jones said. “We’ve just got to keep growing and improving, and get ready for the games in February.”

Amsterdam (3-0 overall, 2-0 Foothills) is scheduled to travel to Queensbury on Friday for a 7 p.m. Foothills Council contest.

“We fought hard the whole game,” Randolph said. “I’m not happy with the outcome, but I’m proud of how hard we played.”

Broadalbin-Perth (1-4 overall, 0-2 Foothills) is scheduled to host Johnstown on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Scotia-Glenville on Friday at 7 p.m.

Broadalbin-Perth 9 16 17 19 — 61
Amsterdam 23 20 19 21 — 83
Broadalbin-Perth scoring: Hotaling 10-4-26, Robles 1-0-3, VanSlyke 4-0-12, Savoie 6-2-18, Russom 1-0-2. Amsterdam scoring: Bartone 8-6-21, Vann 2-3-7, Vellon 6-1-13, White 2-0-4, Dueno 8-2-23, Thompson 2-8-13, Rivera 1-0-2. Team totals: Broadalbin-Perth 22-6-61, Amsterdam 29-19-83.

By Paul Wager

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