Gloversville boys’ basketball cools off hot-shooting South Glens Falls in win

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Gloversville’s Jordan Collar (22) leads a break after receiving an outlet pass on a defensive rebound from Rowan Halloran (15) as South Glens Falls’ Peyton Viger tracks the play during Foothills Council action Friday at Gloversville High School.

GLOVERSVILLE — Powered by seven first-half 3-pointers, South Glens Falls took a three-point lead over Gloversville into the locker room at halftime.

However, the Dragons broke of their familiar 2-3 zone defense to slow down the Bulldogs and spark an offensive surge to pull off a 57-47 victory in Foothills Council boys’ basketball action Friday night at Gloversville High School.

Gloversville coach Ed Collar said errors by the Dragons gave the South High shooters too many open looks in the first half.

“Our 2-3 zone has been our staple the past couple of years, but we were struggling in our rotation in the zone,” he said. “The first half we used the 2-3 a lot but we were leaving their shooters open. They were knocking down open shots because we were over rotating too much. At halftime we decided to just go man-to-man. We put Leo Perez on 15 [Ryan Fitzsimmons] and that slowed him down. Leo has struggled a bit but has come on strong these last couple of games.”

The Bulldogs got off to a quick start, scoring 12 of its 18 first-quarter points from behind the 3-point arc, while Gloversville’s Mariano DiCaterino and Rowan Halloran kept the score close with seven and five points respectively.

Fitzsimmons added two more 3-pointers in the second quarter to go with one from Francis DeCrescenzo to help extend the Bulldogs lead to six before Dom Dorman hit a 3-pointer in the closing minute to put the score at 27-24 in favor of South High at the half.

Gloversville quickly tied the game in the opening minutes of the second half and the teams swapped leads three times before Perez tipped in an offensive rebound to give the Dragons a 31-30 lead.

Gloversville closed out the third quarter with a 10-4 run featuring three 3-pointers and a free throw from DiCaterino to carry a seven-point lead, 41-34, into the final eight minutes of play.

Jordan Collar connected for seven points in the fourth quarter and DiCaterino added five more to close out the 57-47 Foothills Council victory.

DiCaterino led all scorers with 25 points and seven rebounds, while Perez had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds to go with seven points from Collar and seven rebounds by Rocco Insonia.

Brady Smith paced South Glens Falls with 19 points, while Fitzsimmons had 11 points and Peyton Viger chipped in with 11 rebounds.

With five regular-season games left on the schedule, Gloversville will get an offensive charge as James Collar returns after missing with last two games with illness.

“Next week is a big week is going to be a big week,” Ed Collar said. “We have a non-league game with Burnt Hills, which is going to be a strong team in the A’s, on Monday. Then we have Amsterdam, who is undefeated in the Foothills, on Friday. Hopefully, we can have strong games against them and make a statement going into sectionals.”

South Glens Falls       18 9 7 13—47

Gloversville    15 9 17 16—57

South Glens Falls scoring: Casey 2-1-6, Viger 1-0-3, Gutowski 2-1-5, DeCrescenzo 1-0-3, Fitzsimmons 4-0-11, Smith 7-2-19. Gloversville scoring: Dorman 1-0-3, Perez 5-0-10, DiCaterino 7-7-25, Porter 1-1-3, Halloran 2-0-5, Jo. Collar 2-2-7, Insonia 2-0-4. Team scoring totals: South Glens Falls: 17-4-47. Gloversville: 20-10-57.

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