Savoie’s 36-point effort powers Broadalbin-Perth boys to win over Cobleskill-Richmondville

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Broadalbin-Perth’s Ryan Savoie (2) goes up for a shot as Cobleskill-Richmondville’s Caleb Hantho (14), Zowen Collins (23) and Ethan Wade (22) defend during Sunday’s Western Athletic Conference Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic game at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

JOHNSTOWN – In his first game as coach, Broadalbin-Perth’s Jonathan Randolph saw his team hang on for a hard-fought 63-59 win over Cobleskill-Richmondville in a Western Athletic Conference Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Classic at Fulton-Montgomery Community College on Sunday.

“I’m very happy to get my first win,” said Randolph, who took over for long-time B-P coach Tucker Gifford.

Leading the way for the Patriots was senior Ryan Savoie Jr. who connected on nine 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 36-points. The nine 3-pointers were just one away from the B-P school record.

“It felt good. My shot was going in, so I just kept shooting,” Savoie said.

As it turned out, Broadalbin-Perth needed every one of Savoie’s points to hold off a late rally by the Bulldogs.

The Patriots struggled from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, hitting just 3 of their 12 attempts, allowing Cobleskill-Richmondville to remain within striking distance.

“It was definitely more interesting than we wanted it to be down the stretch, but we were able to hang on for the win,” Randolph said.

With Savoie scoring more than half of the Patriots’ points, B-P had just three other players who scored. Landon Russom finished with 10 points, Zachary Robles scored nine and Sam Hotaling added eight points for B-P.

Nick Peterson led the Bulldogs with 20 points, Zowen Collins had 15 and Cooper LaBarge added 13.

“[Cobleskill-Richmondville] played hard,” Randolph said. “They’re a tough team.”

The game was a tight one throughout as the teams swapped or shared the lead 10 times in the first quarter.

“I had some jitters for sure,” Randolph said. “I was very excited to get started, and I think the guys fed off of that.”

B-P opened the second quarter with three straight 3-pointers to open up a 21-12 lead as Savoie hit two and Russom one.

“It was good. We played pretty well,” Savoie said. “In the first half, we didn’t rebound the ball too well, but we did better in the second half.”

Cobleskill-Richmondville answered by outscoring the Patriots 15-7 to trail 28-27 at the half.

After the break, the Bulldogs opened out their largest lead with a 13-6 surge to grab a 40-34 advantage.

However, B-P regained the lead by closing the third quarter with 10 straight points to lead 44-40 heading into the final frame.

The Patriots jumped out to a 53-45 lead early in the final quarter thanks to 3-pointers from Robles and Savoie as part of a 9-5 burst.

B-P led by as many as nine points before its struggles from the free-throw line allowed the Bulldogs to close the gap.

Cobleskill-Richmondville got as close as two points at 60-58 with 46 seconds to play before the Patriots were able to hang on for a 63-59 victory.

“I just want the guys to fight and battle hard the whole game,” Randolph said. “They did that tonight for sure.”

Broadalbin-Perth (1-0 overall) is slated to travel to Shaker on Tuesday for a non-league contest at 6 p.m.

Cobleskill-Richmondville (0-2 overall) is scheduled to travel to La Salle on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. Colonial Council game.

By Paul Wager

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