Falcons come up short against Berne-Knox-Westerlo

Northville’s John Sira (2) and Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s Ryan Germani (3) look on as the Falcons’ Matt Laport (11) works the ball against the Bulldogs’ Adam Esposito (12) and Jake Keyer (24) during Western Athletic Conference action Monday at Northville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

NORTHVILLE — A first half 3-point barrage by Berne-Knox-Westerlo gave the Bulldogs a good halftime lead.

They would need all of the 11 points they were up on Northville as the Falcons rallied back to make it a one-point game with under two minutes to play.

However, the Bulldogs were able to get a couple stops and timely baskets from Ben Hilton and Jake Keyer to pull out a 57-50 Western Athletic Conference victory on Senior Night Monday at Northville High School.

“We had a couple of possession down the stretch that ended in turnovers,” Northville coach John Karbowski said. “But the hot start for them definitely put us in a hole but I am proud of my guys. We fought and got back into it and got the crowd back into it.”

BKW opened the game with a pair of 3-pointers from Adam Esposito and one from Keyer to help build an 11-2 advantage.

The Falcons battled back and cut the lead to six with a 3-pointer from Dan VanNostrand before Keyer closed out the opening quarter with a free throw to give the Bulldogs a 15-8 lead at the end of the period.

BKW continued its hot shooting with a 3-pointer from Cal Insero to start an 8-3 run to take their lead to 23-11.

Northville cut the lead down to single digits with 1:39 left in the opening half when Nate Reidell hit a 3-pointer to put the score at 27-19 before the Ryan Germani hit the Bulldogs’ fifth 3-pointer of the half to take a 30-19 lead into the locker room at the break.

BKW opened the second half the same way they closed the first, with a 3-pointer, this time from Zeke Pulliam, and Mustafa Atwi put back an offensive rebound to take the lead to 35-19.

The Falcons began chipping away at the BKW lead with a three-point play from Wyatt Sira and five unanswered points from T.J. Wadsworth to close the gap to 35-27 before Insero again hit a 3-pointer to end the run.

The Falcons kept battling back and closed the gap to five points, 41-36, heading into the final period.

Northville made it a one-point game with a basket and back-to-back 3-pointers from the left wing from Wadsworth to put the score at 45-44 with 5:11 left to play.

The teams exchanged baskets over the next three minutes before Hilton and Keyer hit back-to-back basket in the low post to give the Bulldogs the cushion they needed to lock up the victory.

“They have a lot of scorers,” Karbowski said. “Our defense got a couple of big stops and we rebounded the ball pretty well but foul trouble down the stretch changed the game.”

Pulliam led Berne-Knox-Westerlo with 23 points, including a 14-for-20 effort from the free-throw line and Keyer hit eight fourth-quarter points to finish with 15.

Wadsworth connected for four 3-pointers and 22 second-half points after getting in foul trouble in the first half to finish with a game-high 26 points and Nate Reidell finished with 13 points. Jason Ellsworth pulled down eight rebounds for the Falcons and Wadsworth grabbed seven rebounds.

Northville closed out its regular WAC schedule and, along with BKW, will wait to find out their opponent for the upcoming league crossover games.

“This was a key game because if we won, we would have had identical records,” Karbowski said. “It was an exciting game, but now they are 4-7 and we are 2-9 in the league.”

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 57, Northville 50

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 15 15 11 16 — 57

Northville 8 11 17 14 — 50


Pulliam 4-14-23, Germani 1-0-3, Esposito 2-0-6, Atwi 1-0-2, Keyer 6-2-15, Hilton 1-0-2, Insero 2-0-6. Totals: 17-16-57.


J. Sira 1-0-2, VanNostrand 1-0-3, Wadsworth 10-2-26, Reidell 2-8-13, Ellsworth 1-0-2, W. Sira 1-2-4. Totals: 16-12-50.

3-point goals: BKW 7 (Adam Esposito 2, Cal Insero 2, Jake Keyer, Ryan Germani, Zeke Pulliam); Northville 6 (T.J. Wadsworth 4, Danny VanNostrand, Nate Reidell).

Fort Plain 51, Duanesburg 50

DUANESBURG — The Hilltoppers erased a four-point deficit heading into the final period to pick up the Western Athletic Conference victory Monday night at Duanesburg High School.

Jackson Yacowenia led Fort Plain with 18 points, while Danny Kilmartin finished with nine and Troy Butler chipped in with eight points.

Jacob Stahl led Duanesburg with 17 points, while Zack Gamache had 12 points and Matt Coons finished with nine.

Fort Plain 51, Duanesburg 50

Fort Plain 16 15 6 14 — 51

Duanesburg 10 11 19 10 — 50

Fort Plain

Butler 4-0-8, Kilmartin 4-0-9, Logan 1-0-2, Nare 0-1-1, Nellis 1-0-3, Reese 1-0-2, Schoch 2-1-6, Spaulding 1-0-2, Yacowenia 7-3-18. Totals: 21-5-51.


Coons 4-0-9, Drescher 1-2-4, Gamache 3-4-12, Mallory 4-0-8, Stahl 6-4-17. Totals: 18-10-50.

3-point goals: Fort Plain 4 (Danny Kilmartin, Josh Nellis, Ethan Schoch, Jaxson Yacowenia); Duanesburg 4 (Zack Gamache 2, Jacob Stahl, Matt Coons).

Duanesburg 61, Galway 56

GALWAY — Zach Gamache and Jakob Stahl each scored 15 points to lead Duanesburg to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Galway on Saturday.

The game began Jan. 18 and was halted by a power outage before being concluded Saturday.

Andy Drescher and Jesse Waddell each scored 10 points for Duanesburg.

Christian Hines finished with 12 points to lead Galway (4-14 overall), while Brendan Shader had 11 points. Carter Scribner added 10 points for Galway.

Duanesburg 61, Galway 56

Duanesburg 19 12 14 16 — 61

Galway 11 11 13 21 — 56


Drescher 4-2-10, Gamache 5-2-15, Lonergan 3-0-6, Waddell 4-0-10, Stahl 6-2-15, White 2-0-4, Coons 0-1-1. Totals 24-7-61.


Shader 2-6-11, Cart. Scribner 4-1-10, Sowle 1-0-2, Ingle 1-2-5, Hines 5-0-12, E. Malanoski 1-0-3, O’Connell 2-2-8, Zuk 2-1-5. Totals 18-12-56.

3-point goals: Duanesburg 6 (Gamache 3, Waddell 2, Stahl); Galway 8 (O’Connell 2, Hines 2, Shader, Cart. Scribner, Ingle, E. Malanoski).

Middleburgh 66, Fort Plain 60

MIDDLEBURGH — Andrew Johnson scored 18 points to lead Middleburgh to a Western Athletic Conference victory over Fort Plain on Friday.

Will Bankston finished with 15 points for the Knights.

Jaxson Yacowenia scored 21 points to lead Fort Plain, while Troy Butler had 16 points.

Middleburgh 66, Fort Plain 60

Fort Plain 8 19 8 25 — 60

Middleburgh 19 12 16 19 — 65

Fort Plain

Butler 5-6-16, Kilmartin 2-0-6, Logan 2-0-4, Nare 1-0-2, Nellis 1-0-2, Reese 2-1-5, Schoch 2-0-4, Yacowenia 7-5-21. Totals 22-12-60.


Bankston 6-2-15, Foland 1-1-4, Henry 2-1-6, Hirsch 2-0-5, Johns 6-4-18, Kenney 0-2-2, Olsen 2-3-8, Wood 3-2-8. Totals 22-15-65.

3-point goals: Fort Plain 4 (Yacowenia 2, Kilmartin 2); Middleburgh 7 (Johns 2, Olsen, Bankston, Foland, Henry, Hirsch).


Richfield Springs 69, Dolgeville 62

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Cameron Duncan scored 18 points in Richfield Springs’ victory over Dolgeville.

Bretten House finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists for Richfield Springs (7-11 overall), while Jake Bennett added 11 points.

Zach Smith scored 29 points to lead Dolgeville (6-11 overall).

Richfield Springs 69, Dolgeville 62

Dolgeville 21 18 9 14 — 62

Richfield Springs 19 23 10 17 — 69


Carpenter 1-5-7, Smith 9-5-29, Green 3-0-6, Gonyea 2-2-6, Fahd 1-3-6, Zacek 3-1-8. Totals 19-16- 62.

Richfield Springs

Duncan 6-2-18, Hosford 3-0-8, Widger 1-2-5, Scheffler 1-0-3, House 4-3-12, Bennett 3-5-11, Young 2-2-6, Bond 1-2-4, Hammont 0-2-2. Totals 21-18-59.

3-point goals: Dolgeville 8 (Smith 6, Fahd, Zacek); Richfield Springs 9 (Duncan 4, Hosford 2, Widger, Scheffler, House, Bond).

By Paul Wager

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