Johnstown drops season finale, 76-47

Johnstown’s Abraham Miller (32) drives past Queensbury’s Lance Hayes during Wednesday’s Foothills Council game at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

JOHNSTOWN — Thanks to a postponement Tuesday, a long season became a day longer for the Johnstown boys basketball team.

The Sir Bills were scheduled to host Queensbury in their regular-season finale Tuesday, but the game was moved to Wednesday.

The extra day just prolonged a season that has featured plenty of struggles for Johnstown.

Queensbury sent the Sir Bills to their 17th straight loss Wednesday, posting a 76-47 Foothills Council victory at Johnstown High School.

“It’s the end of a long, hard season. Hopefully, they’ll learn from it. Sometimes you have to learn hard lessons to become better,” said Johnstown coach Mike Satterlee, who was filling in for his son, Phil, who had to sit out the game after picking up a pair of technicals during last Friday’s game against Gloversville. The younger Satterlee watched the game from the balcony rather than coaching it from the sidelines.

In addition to missing their coach, the Sir Bills were also without several players, leaving them with just three reserves for the game.

“We had a lot of kids that had plans started today because the game was originally scheduled for yesterday,” Satterlee said. “Playing Queensbury shorthanded certainly didn’t help us at all.”

Bryce Bleibtrey scored a game-high 26 points to lead Queensbury, while Sean Collins had 14 points. Jason Rodriguez added 11 points for the Spartans, who posted their fifth straight win.

Zach Serpa scored 12 points to lead Johnstown, while Abe Miller finished with 10 points. Justin Ferrara had nine points for the Sir Bills and Caden Mureness added eight points.

As has been the case in several games this season, the Sir Bills found themselves facing a big deficit after one quarter.

The Spartans dominated the first quarter Wednesday, outscoring Johnstown 25-5 to take control of the game.

Bleibtrey did much of the damage for Queensbury, scoring 15 points in the first eight minutes.

Queensbury extended its lead to 27 points in the first 2:22 of the second quarter, opening the frame with an 11-4 burst to make it 36-9.

Bleibtrey had five of those points to finish the first half with 22 points.

Johnstown outscored the Spartans 10-2 to end the half down 38-19.

After the break, the teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter as Queensbury outscored the Sir Bills 15-12 to take a 53-31 lead into the final quarter.

The Spartans pushed their lead to as many as 33 points in the final quarter, starting the final frame with a 15-4 burst to make it 68-35.

Queensbury coasted home from there, finishing its regular season with a 76-47 victory.

Johnstown finished its season with a 1-19 overall record and a 1-17 mark in Foothills Council play. The Sir Bills lost 10 games this season by 20 or more points, including five straight by 20 points or more to end the season.

“Hopefully, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” Satterlee said.

Queensbury (15-5 overall, 14-4 Foothills)earned the fifth seed in the Section II Class A Tournament and will host 12th seeded South Glens Falls in a first-round contest next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Queensbury 76, Johnstown 47

Queensbury 23 13 15 23 — 76

Johnstown 5 14 12 16 — 47


Edwards 2-0-4, Bleibtrey 11-4-26, Collins 6-0-14, Rodriguez 5-0-11, VanAnden 3-0-6, Johnson 2-0-5, Havern 2-0-4, Matt Conlon 3-0-6. Totals 34-4-76.


N. Massey 2-0-4, Mureness 4-0-8, Ferrara 4-0-9, Serpa 3-4-12, C. Massey 1-1-3, Feinour 0-1-1, Miller 4-1-10. Totals 18-7-47.

3-point goals: Queensbury 4 (Collins 2, Johnson, Rodriguez); Johnstown 4 (Serpa 2, Ferrara, Miller).


Galway 63, Hoosic Valley 54

SCHAGHTICOKE — Carson Scribner scored a game-high 17 points to lead Galway to a non-league victory over Hoosic Valley on Tuesday.

Scribner scored 13 of his points from the free-throw line, converting on 13 of his 17 attempts.

Brendan Shader finished with 14 points for the Golden Eagles (7-13 overall), while Henry Flint added 11 points.

C.J. Bassett scored 14 points to lead Hoosic Valley, while Logan Reilly and Tyler Eddy each had 12 points. Ethan Caiazza added 11 points for the Indians.

Galway 63, Hoosic Valley 54

Galway 12 22 12 17 — 63

Hoosic Valley 11 15 17 11 — 54


Shader 3-8-14, Cart. Scribner 1-0-3, Cars. Scribner 2-13-17, Flint 5-0-11, Lovelass 3-2-8, Pleasants 1-0-3, Villano 3-1-7. Totals 18-24-63.

Hoosic Valley

Bassett 4-2-14, Eddy 2-6-12, Giordano 0-1-1, Reilly 3-5-12, Rowe 2-0-4, Caiazza 4-3-11. Totals 15-17-54.

3-point goals: Galway 3 (Cart. Scribner, Flint, Pleasants); Hoosic Valley 7 (Bassett 4, Eddy 2, Reilly).

By Paul Wager

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