Boys’ basketball: Dragons pull away from Spartans 68-54


Gloversville’s Mariano DiCaterino adjusts his shot after being challenged by Queensbury’s Ryan Havern Tuesday in a Foothills Council contest at Gloversville High School.

GLOVERSVILLE — Coming off a 73-70 non-league loss to Troy on Saturday, the Gloversville Dragons returned to Foothills Council play against Queensbury.

After a fast-paced first half, the Dragons pulled away with a 20-point third quarter to defeat Queensbury 68-54 Tuesday night at Gloversville High School.

Coach Ed Collar said it was a key victory in the Foothills Council standings for the Dragons.

“Because we only see them once, a win for us against North division teams counts two points,” he said. “So we need to beat the north. Queensbury has been competitive with everybody. They are a tough team. Trey is a heck of a player. To guard Trey and find a couple of the shooters outside was a challenge for us, especially early on.”

The Spartans traded baskets with Gloversville early in the opening quarter, with James Collar scoring eight of the Dragons first 10 points. Collar’s night ended with just under a minute left in the quarter when an injury forced him to the sidelines with Gloversville holding a 20-14 advantage.

The Spartans cut the lead to two points, 22-20 early in the second quarter. Cal Porter got Gloversville back into a scoring rhythm with a 3-pointer and Mariano DiCaterino closed out the half with eight points to put Gloversville up 36-29 at the break.

“We were getting into a rhythm and then we lose James, so we didn’t know what to expect right away,” Ed Collar said. “The rest of the team stepped up. Cal Porter did a great job running the point. He played with a lot of confidence and got us into our offense and did some scoring.”

Porter gave the Dragons their first double-digit lead of the game, hitting seven unanswered points in the opening 80 seconds of the second half. Chase Baker stopped the run, hitting a 3-pointer for Queensbury.

The Spartans could get no closer as Gloversville stretched its advantage to 56-42 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

The Dragons answered a basket by Queensbury’s Kasigh Gooden with 3-pointers from DiCaterino and Rocco Insonia to maintain their advantage and close out the 68-54 league win.

Trevon Bailey led Queensbury with 14 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with five minutes left in the game. Baker finished with 13 points, including three 3-pointers and Gooden chipped in with 12 points.

DiCaterino recorded his third-straight 20-point game, hitting for 23 points, while Porter added 16 points to go with eight points apiece from Rocco Insonia and James Collar. Insonia also pulled down 10 rebounds and Dom Dorman had four steals to go with six points.

“Everybody stepped up tonight,” Ed Collar said. “Mano [Mariano DiCaterino] didn’t feel well tonight and he pushed through it. Dom [Dorman] gave us a great look off the bench and Rocco [Insonia] was his normal steady self and Leo [Perez] and Jordan [Collar] gave us a spark also. It was nice because we always kept a lead. They would make a run and we responded.”

Gloversville will host Glens Falls Friday night in a Foothills Council crossover game, while Queensbury will travel to Broadalbin-Perth Friday.

Queensbury 14 15 14 11 — 54
Gloversville 20 16 20 12 — 68
Queensbury scoring: Gooden 5-2-12, Blanchard 2-0-5, Havern 1-0-3, Starr 3-1-7, Baker 5-0-13, Bailey 6-2-14. Gloversville scoring: Ja. Collar 3-0-8, Dorman 2-1-6, Perez 1-2-5, DiCaterino 9-3-23, Porter 6-2-16, Jo. Collar 1-0-2, Insonia 2-3-8. Scoring totals: Queensbury 22-5-54. Gloversville 24-11-68.

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