Gloversville gets past Broadalbin-Perth

GLOVERSVILLE — It was an emotion-filled night at Gloversville High School as the seniors on the Dragons basketball team took to their home floor for their final regular-season game.

Coming off a lackluster performance against Queensbury on Saturday that resulted in only their second loss of the season, the Dragons looked to rebound against an upset-minded Broadalbin-Perth squad.

After trailing at the end of the first quarter, Gloversville picked up its intensity, pressing the Patriots from baseline to baseline to turn the game around and picked up a 47-33 victory Monday night at Gloversville High School.

“It was bittersweet,” four-year varsity starter Anderson Jones said. “The win was good, but it was the last time we will play here. It was fun to play here one more time.”

Joey Rowback, also a four-year starter, echoed Jones’ statement saying “I have enjoyed playing here and it is great to end it with a win. These guys are my family. I love all these guys and it was great to go out with a win with them.”

It was also the final home game for four-year starter Dante Bouchard, who is approaching the 2,000-point milestone in his career.

“It was a good win; a hard-fought win by everyone,” Bouchard said. “They slow it down, so the stats aren’t going to be as high as other games, but it was about pushing through and getting the win. We knew it would be a big game for seeding and to get us back in the direction we want to be in to get the Foothills championship.”

The victory moves Gloversville a step closer to clinching its first Foothills Council championship since 2009.

“A win Friday night [at Johnstown] will do it,” Gloversville coach Aric Kucel said. “That will be a fun night and we are going to have to keep playing the way we did tonight, and it will be a special moment. It has been 11 years and in the 12 years I have been here it has been a lot of hard work and a lot of extra time in the gym. This group of kids have earned it if we are able to pull it out on Friday.”

The opening quarter of Tuesday’s game belonged to Broadalbin-Perth.

After Jaret Warner put Gloversville in front with a basket in the opening minute of play, the Patriots’ Dante Calderone sparked an 11-2 run to help build a 14-8 lead by the end of the opening quarter.

The Dragons picked up the pressure on defense and turned turnovers into points in a 10-0 run in the opening three minutes of the second quarter to take an 18-14 lead.

Jadon Wert broke the run with back-to-back baskets to tie the game at 18 before Rowback hit a 3-pointer and picked up the assist on a layup by Kadyn Ruggeri to put Gloversville back in front. Bouchard added a pair of baskets in the final 90 seconds for 10 second-quarter points and a 27-18 halftime lead for the Dragons.

Gloversville continued to roll after the break with Rowback and Bouchard hitting 3-pointers in an 11-2 run to extend the lead to 38-20.

The Patriots closed out the third quarter with a 6-0 run to cut the Dragons’ lead to 38-26 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Gloversville maintained its advantage through the closing minutes to lock up the 47-33 league win.

“Holding them to 47 is great but I don’t think we could throw the ball in the ocean tonight,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “I thought we got a lot of good looks, but I will credit Gloversville with trying to change the pace. Even though it was a low-scoring game, I thought we did play into their pace a little bit. They pressed us and tried to get it going and they did in spurts. They had a game plan and we fell for it a few times but at the end of the day we couldn’t make anything. The production we have been getting lately just wasn’t there.”

Wert, who was coming off a 36-point performance against Hudson Falls, led the Patriots with 15 points, while Calderone finished with eight points and six rebounds and Ryan Visco and Jackson Sassanella had four points apiece to go with two points from Michael Magliocca.

“Tucker Gifford could win coach of the year for how hard his kids play and play together,” Kucel said. “What they have done this year is awesome. We knew what their game plan would be; slow down the pace and keep the game in the low 50s. They did some dribble-hand off stuff and we trapped it and tried to speed them up. We were able to do that.”

Bouchard finished with 18 points to bring his career total to 1,938, while Rowback grabbed 10 rebounds to go with 17 points to improve his career scoring mark to 1,414. Ruggeri added eight points and nine rebounds, while Warner and Gio Glionna finished with two points apiece.

“Against Queensbury we knew we gave up a lot of easy points and we knew we had to work on our defense and be strong with the ball,” Rowback said. “We have to keep pushing forward. We have a big game Friday against Johnstown and that is where our focus is right now.”

During pre-game ceremonies, Gloversville honored its senior players — Bouchard, Jones, Rowback, Ruggeri, Warner, Sam Getman, Ethan Hunt, Luca DeMaio and Anthony Jack and cheerleaders Brianna DeRosa, Ashley Dimartino, Kimberly Hastings, Jocelyn Ortiz and Julia Robare, and their families.

Gloversville 47, Broadalbin-Perth 33

Broadalbin-Perth 14 4 8 7 — 33

Gloversville 8 19 11 9 — 47

Broadalbin-Perth

Magliocca 0-2-2, Sassanella 2-0-4, Wert 6-2-15, Visco 1-2-4, Calderone 3-1-8. Totals: 12-7-33.

Gloversville

Bouchard 7-3-18, Ruggeri 4-0-8, Warner 1-0-2, Rowback 7-1-17, Glionna 1-0-2. Totals: 20-4-47.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 2 (Jadon Wert, Dante Calderone); Gloversville 3 (Joey Rowback 2, Dante Bouchard).

Queensbury 75, Amsterdam 55

QUEENSBURY — Bryce Bleibtrey and Matthew Conlon hit for 17 points apiece and Nate Johnson added 15 as the Spartans got past Amsterdam in Foothills Council action Tuesday.

Damian Colon led Amsterdam with 15 points, while Tyrell Douglas had 12 and Caydren Graveley chipped in with 11.

Queensbury 75, Amsterdam 55

Amsterdam 15 16 12 12 — 55

Queensbury 19 13 24 19 — 75

Amsterdam

Ausfeld 1-6-8, Clay 2-0-5, Colon 5-3-15, Douglas 4-3-12, Graveley 4-2-11, Perez 1-0-2, Shatas 1-0-2. Totals: 18-14-55.

Queensbury

Bleibtrey 7-3-17, Collins 4-1-9, Conlon 6-1-17, Gilligan 1-0-2, Havern 2-0-5, Johnson 5-3-15, Rodriguez 4-0-8, VanAnden 1-0-2. Totals: 30-8-75.

3-point goals: Amsterdam 5 (Damian Colon 2, Jonah Clay, Caydren Graveley, Tyrell Douglas); Queensbury 7 (Matthew Conlon 4, Nate Johnson 2, Connor Havern).

Glens Falls 62, Schuylerville 47

GLENS FALLS — Nick Danahy connected for 22 points and David Barclay chipped in with 16 as the Indians turned back Schuylerville in Foothills Council action Tuesday.

Owen Sherman led the Black Horses with 14 points, while Cayden Rutland finished with 12 points.

Glens Falls 62, Schuylerville 47

Schuylerville 11 11 9 16 — 47

Glens Falls 15 14 18 15 — 62

Schuylerville

Dow 1-1-3, Patrick 2-0-5, Rutland 4-2-12, L. Sherman 2-2-8, O. Sherman 5-2-14, Vallee 2-1-5. Totals: 16-8-47.

Glens Falls

Barclay 6-3-16, Barrett 3-4-11, Danahy 8-6-22, Hirsch 2-0-4, Wiggins 2-1-5, Woodell 2-0-4. Totals: 23-14-62.

3-point goals: Schuylerville 7 (Owen Sherman 2, Luke Sherman 2, Cayden Rutland 2, Carson Patrick); Glens Falls 2 (David Barclay, Zach Barrett).

Scotia-Glenville 62, South Glens Falls 48

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Robert Barrera hit four 3-pointers in his 19-point performance to lead the Tartans to victory over South Glens Falls Tuesday.

Antonio Cianfarani finished with 11 points for Scotia-Glenville, while Nathaniel Wylie added 10.

Cam Woodard led South Glens Falls with 22 points.

Scotia-Glenville 62, South Glens Falls 48

Scotia-Glenville 16 19 14 13 — 62

South Glens Falls 12 11 13 12 — 48

Scotia-Glenville

Almond 1-0-2, Barrera 7-1-19, Carusone 1-0-3, Cianfarani 4-2-11, Cremo 1-0-2, Cuddeback 2-0-6, Fraterrigo 3-0-6, Geniti 1-0-3, Wylie 4-2-10. Totals: 24-5-62.

South Glens Falls

Aday 2-1-5, Bobbitt 1-0-2, Darrow 2-0-6, Quintal 2-0-4, VanWagenen 1-1-3, Viger 3-0-6, Woodard 8-6-22. Totals: 19-8-48.

3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville 9 (Robert Barrera 4, John Cuddeback 2, Jon Geniti, Antonio Cianfarani, Jason Carusone); South Glens Falls 2 (Cameron Darrow 2).

WAC

Fort Plain 81, Middleburgh 56

FORT PLAIN — Troy Butler fired up 27 points to lead Fort Plain to a Western Athletic Conference victory Tuesday.

Robert Jordan added 14 points for the Hilltoppers (14-5 overall, 7-4 WAC), while Levi Thomas chipped in with eight.

Andrew Johns led Middleburgh with 23 points, including four 3-pointers, while Taylor Olsen had 16 and Brendan Henry finished with 10.

Fort Plain 81, Middleburgh 56

Middleburgh 21 7 15 13 — 56

Fort Plain 16 17 25 23 — 81

Middleburgh

Henry 5-0-10, Johns 8-3-23, Kenney 2-3-7, Olsen 6-3-16. Totals: 21-9-56.

Fort Plain

Butler 11-2-27, Germond 3-0-6, Jordan 7-0-14, Lemoine 2-0-6, Nellis 1-0-2, Reese 3-0-7, Schoch 3-1-7, Thomas 3-1-8, Welch 1-2-4. Totals: 34-6-81.

3-point goals: Middleburgh 5 (Andrew Johns 4, Taylor Olsen); Fort Plain 7 (Troy Butler 3, Joe Lemoine 2, Ethan Reese, Levi Thomas).

By Paul Wager

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