Johnstown snaps skid with 63-53 victory over Patriots

Johnstown’s Anthony Frasier (4) goes up for a dunk during Thursday’s Foothills Council game against Broadalbin-Perth at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

BROADALBIN – With less than a week remaining in the regular season, teams hope to be playing their best basketball in an effort to gain momentum heading into sectionals.

For the Johnstown Sir Bills, timely perimeter shooting seemed to help them achieve that in their 63-53 victory over the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots in a Foothills Council contest Thursday at Broadalbin-Perth high school.

Heading into the final quarter, the Patriots remained in striking distance trailing only by five points. That soon changed when Johnstown began to bury their outside shots, connecting on four straight to inflate their lead to 13 with just over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

“One of the things we talked about heading into this game was to work for the best shot available,” said Johnstown head coach Phillip Satterlee. “Broadalbin-Perth does a great job at working hard on the defensive end so it was vital that we made sure that the shots we were able to get throughout the entire game were the absolute best shots available.”

The three’s began to fall when back-up big man Victor Orsell hit one from the top of the key. That was followed by a three from Trey Stover and then consecutive three’s from Ethan Wager. In the first three quarters the Sir Bills only had one made three.

Keeping with the theme of perimeter shots, that would get Broadalbin-Perth back into the game when Alexander DiCaterino and Jackson Sassanella hit two late game 3-pointers to make it a six-point game with 1:43 remaining in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the Patriots it was too little too late as Johnstown held on to the lead as time wound down.

“We didn’t shoot consistently enough,” said Broadalbin Perth head coach Tucker Gifford. “Even though we did a good job at coming back, we burned a lot of energy there and were unable to stop them from going on big-runs in the second half.”

To open the game, it was a battle of the big’s as the Sir Bills turned to their starting center Keegan Feinour, while Broadalbin-Perth relied on Dante Calderone. Feinour scored six of Johnstown’s 17 first quarter points and Calderone added seven of his teams 18 points.

Feinour finished with 16 points on the night.

“When he is on the court, he gives us another legitimate scorer,” said Satterlee. “His offensive ability does so much for us because he opens up the entire offense, which allows everyone to get easy shots.”

Calderone finished with a game-high 22 points.

“He is our leader out there and he has to step up if we are going to be successful and he continues to do that every night,” said Gifford.

As the second quarter began, the hot shooting of Mathew Boyle would be showcased for the Sir Bills as he scored 10 of his team-high 20 points.

The Sir Bills will return to action today when they travel to Hudson Falls to take on the Tigers.

Broadalbin-Perth will attempt to get back on the right track when they host the Gloversville Dragons tonight.

“We are head-and-shoulders better than were at the end of the season,” said Gifford. “This team is great because they haven’t stopped growing and it speaks a lot to the type of character everybody on this team has.”

Johnstown 63, Broadalbin-Perth 53

Johnstown 17 17 9 20 — 63

Broadalbin-Perth 18 10 10 15 — 53


Boyle 7-5-20, Feinour 8-0-16, Frasier 1-1-3, Massey 2-0-4, Orsell 1-0-3, Stover 2-1-6, Wager 4-1-11. Totals: 25-8-63.


Benton 1-0-3, Buyce 2-0-5, Calderone 9-3-22, DiCaterino 2-0-8, Perry 1-0-3, Sassanella 3-0-7, Wert 2-0-5. Totals: 21-3-53.

3-point goals: Johnstown 5 (Ethan Wager 2, Trey Stover, Victor Orsell, Matthew Boyle); Broadalbin-Perth 8 (Alex DiCaterino 2, Brodryk Benton, Glenn Buyce, Dante Calderone, Matthew Perry, Jackson Sassanella, Jadon Wert).

Scotia-Glenville 54,

Hudson Falls 50

HUDSON FALLS — Scotia-Glenville rallied from a nine-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter, outscoring the Tigers 21-8 in the final frame to pick up the Foothills Council victory.

Andrew LeMorta led Scotia with 17 points, while Marcus Freschette had 15 and Robert Berrera chipped in with eight.

Riley Maddison his four 3-pointers in his team-high 17 points for Hudson Falls, while Jack Hogan had 12 and Caleb Condon added 10 points.

Scotia-Glenville 54, Hudson Falls 50

Scotia-Glenville 10 15 8 21 — 54

Hudson Falls 12 14 16 8 — 50


Aydlott 1-0-3, Berrera 2-3-8, Caldwell 2-0-6, Freschette 6-0-15, Frisoni 2-1-5, LeMorta 7-3-17. Totals: 20-7-54.

Hudson Falls

eagle 2-5-9, Condon 5-0-10, Hogan 4-2-12, Maddison 6-1-17, Pond 1-0-2. Totals: 18-8-50.

3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville 7 (Marcus Freschette 3, Brendan Caldwell 2, Robert Berrera, Mike Aydlott); Hudson Falls 6 (Riley Maddison 4, Jack Hogan 2).


Wells 83, Johnsburg 42

WELLS — The Wells Indians honored Coby Stuart, Tre Zimmerman, Shane Kennedy and Jordan Biederman on Senior Night with a dominant 83-42 victory over Bolton Thursday at Wells Central School.

Byron Stuart hit seven 3-pointers in his game-high 23-point performance for Wells, while Kennedy had 19, Zimmerman finished with 18 and Coby Stuart added 11 points for Wells.

Conner Cavanagh led Johnsburg with 14 points.

With the victory, Wells (12-5) extended its win streak to 11 games.

Wells 83, Johnsburg 42

Johnsburg 2 16 10 14 — 42

Wells 20 7 31 25 — 83


Porter 1-0-3, Roblee 1-2-4, Cavanagh 5-0-14, Galle 2-2-8, Allen 1-0-3, Frasier 3-0-7, Lorensen 1-0-3. Totals: 14-4-42.


C. Stuart 5-1-11, Bolebruch 1-0-2, Ross 2-1-5, B. Stuart 8-0-23, Zimmerman 8-1-18, Biederman 2-0-4, Kennedy 9-1-19, Robinson 0-1-1. Totals: 35-5-83.

3-point goals: Johnsburg 10 (Conner Cavanagh 4, Anthony Galle 2, Cameron Allen, Lon Lorensen, Austin Frasier, Sam Porter); Wells 8 (Byron Stuart 7, Tre Zimmerman).


Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 74,

Cherry Valley/Springfield 26

ST. JOHNSVILLE — The Wolves broke out to a 25-3 first quarter lead and never looked back as the defeated Cherry Valley/Springfield 74-26 in non-league action Thursday at Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville High School.

OESJ’s Tyler Leon led all scorers with 20 points, while Travis LaFountain finished with 19 and Quincy Bonneau added seven.

Austin Yerdon paced Cherry Valley/Springfield with seven points.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 74,

Cherry Valley/Springfield 26

Cherry Valley/Springfield 3 4 9 10 — 26

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville 25 17 20 12 — 74

Cherry Valley/Springfield

Kroon 1-0-2, yerdon 3-1-7, Wilson 1-2-4, Young 1-0-2, Loveland 0-1-1, Dubben 2-0-5, Bartlett 1-0-2, Burr 0-1-1, Webster 1-0-2. Totals: 10-5-26.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville

Brundage 3-0-6, Bonneau 3-1-7, Mosher 2-0-5, Logan-Dillenbeck 1-0-2, Vasquaz 2-0-4, Grant 2-0-4, Martin 2-0-5, Mayton 1-0-2, LaFountain 8-3-19, Leon 8-4-20. Totals: 32-8-74.

3-point goals: Cherry Valley/Springfield 1 (Luke Dubben); OESJ 2 (Chris Martin, Zach Mosher).

By Paul Wager

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