B-P falls short against Watervliet

TROY – A few more baskets made in the third quarter and the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots may have been able to make a game out of it.

The eighth-seeded Patriots held No. 1 seed Watervliet to nine points in the third quarter but couldn’t capitalize, resulting in their elimination after a 58-27 loss Friday night at Hudson Valley Community College.

“That’s a good basketball team,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “I thought we battled but we struggled offensively. Even in the third quarter when we had the chance to cut it to 10 and we missed chippie after chippie and we were getting stops at the other end. We just kept missing those easy finishes.”

The Patriots entered the third quarter trailing 33-15 but scored the first four points of the half off baskets from Chris Natoli and Ben Bellandi, cutting the Watervliet lead to 14 points.

However, Shane Gray answered with a hook shot, restoring a 14-point lead with 5:19 remaining in the quarter.

It was the last basket anyone would score for more than two minutes.

“It’s still high school basketball,” Watervliet coach Orlando DiBacco said. “Guys have to come out and play in the third quarter. I thought we came out sluggish in the first four minutes of the third quarter. I thought we ended the third quarter and in the first half of the fourth quarter got back to playing defense we usually play.”

In the interim, the Patriots couldn’t connect despite multiple chances to score and getting second chances when they missed and a chance to close the gap was lost as Watervliet held the Patriots off the scoreboard and finished with a 6-0 run to end the third quarter with a 42-19 lead.

“At the very least make it a little more competitive but eventually they started scoring and move it to 20-plus,” Gifford said. “I can’t fault our effort. That’s a good basketball team that’s probably going to go quite a ways this year.”

The Cannoneers (17-3 overall) had four players reach double figures as Jordan Gleason led with a game-high 14 points. Tyler McLeod scored 11, while Issiah Bruce and Shane Ray each scored 10.

Watervliet will head to the Glens Falls Civic Center on Tuesday where they will face No. 4 Catskill Cats, who outlasted No. 5 Cohoes, 64-59 immediately before the Patriots and Cannoneers took the court.

“I think that’s a good sign as a coach when a team is still hungry after winning by 20-plus,” DiBacco said. “I think we can play better and hopefully we can continue to get better for Tuesday.”

The Patriots (9-11 overall) will look toward next season, where they will get most of their team back. They will lose seniors Mark Sylvia, Ben Bellandi and Ryan Newfrock to graduation.

Andre Taylor led the Patriots with a team-high 14 points.

“It’s a stepping stone for us,” Gifford said. “Coming from last year when we didn’t even go to sectionals, finishing 9-11 is a decent year for us and we’re getting everyone back except for three guys. We’ve got the pieces if we’re going to take this to the next level next year.”

Watervliet 55, Broadalbin-Perth 27

Broadalbin-Perth6 9 4 8 – 27

Watervliet16 17 9 13 – 55


A. Taylor 3-4-11, Natoli 3-0-6, Bochenek 1-0-2, P. Taylor 1-0-3, Bellandi 2-1-5. Totals: 9-5-27.


Gleason 4-4-14, Gilmore 1-3-6, Dockstader 1-0-2, McLeod 5-0-11, Ray 5-0-10, Bruce 4-2-10, Copeland 1-0-2. Totals: 21-9-55.

3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 2 (A. Taylor, P. Taylor); Watervliet 4 (Gleason 2, McLeod, Gilmore).