Dragons top Patriots in Foothills opener
BROADALBIN -The Broadalbin-Perth boys basketball team clung to a slim two-point lead over Gloversville heading into the fourth quarter of Friday night’s Foothills Council opener.
However, the Dragons shook off the rust from a 12-day layoff to pour in 21 fourth-quarter points to defeat the host Patriots for a 57-48 league win at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
“I think the 12-day lay off hurt us a little bit,” Gloversville coach Mark Lefever said. “We were a little stale, a little flat early and weren’t able to effectively press them. They did a good job avoiding our double teams and reversing the ball. We tried a couple of different presses on them but they did a good job. We caught fire in the fourth quarter and got a couple of big shots. It is amazing what a couple of good shots can do for you.”
Gloversville (2-0 overall, 1-0 Foothills) took an early lead with Asa Barnhill hitting a pair of 3-pointers and two free throws for eight of the Dragons’ 10 first-quarter points and a 10-7 advantage.
Broadalbin-Perth (3-2 overall, 0-1 Foothills) rallied in the second quarter with Connor Pingitore, Robbie VanBrocklin and Colby Hartz coming off the bench to account for 13 of the Patriots’ 17 points to carry a 24-21 lead into the locker room at the half.
“Our focus all week was to get that second unit scoring,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “Connor Pingitore, Colby Hartz and Robbie VanBrocklin came in and gave us that spark we needed to go up by three at the half. The other unit didn’t get going and everybody is on notice that they better pick up their game a little bit.”
The Patriots maintained their lead in the third quarter with with Jake Coveney netting five of B-P’s nine third-quarter points, while the Dragons began building momentum for their fourth-quarter run behind a defense that forced four third-quarter turnovers.
Barnhill’s 3-pointer 30 seconds into the final quarter gave the Dragons their first lead, 34-33, since B-P went ahead with 2:07 left in the second quarter.
Coveney hit a free throw to tie the game, but the Dragons responded with and Barceem Dukes converting from the free-throw line and a pair of 3-pointers from Keyshawn Arnold and one from Scholl to push the score to 44-36.
Gloversville made 10 of 15 free throws in the final period, including a 6-for-8 performance from the line by James Scholl who netted nine of the Dragons’ fourth-quarter points to secure the victory.
“Doc [Scholl] had a great game for us tonight and hit some clutch shots,” Lefever said. “I thought the first half we did not play anywhere near the level I thought we should have played. But we seemed to be able to turn it on quickly, like we did in the fourth quarter. The second half we stayed in half-court man and dug in to get some stops. We tried to push and create opportunities off the break.”
Scholl finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, seven of which came in the first half. Barnhill finished with 17 points, while Arnold had 14 and nine rebounds and Dukes nine rebounds and nine points. Hunter Goodwin also pulled down nine rebounds for Gloversville.
Coveney paced the Patriots with eight points and 11 rebounds, while VanBrocklin and Andre Taylor had eight points apiece and Hartz added nine rebounds and seven points.
“It was intense and was nip-and-tuck the whole way until the fourth quarter,” Gifford said. “Then we gave up the threes and they found a rhythm. I think we gave up way to many offensive rebounds and they got two looks almost every single time and you are not going to win games like that. For the most part [our zone] did slow them. You have to hit outside shots to beat a zone and eventually they did. What we needed to do was respond to that.”
Gloversville will play its first home game of the season Tuesday when it hosts Glens Falls, while Broadalbin-Perth will host Queensbury on Wednesday.
Gloversville 57, Broadalbin-Perth 48
Gloversville10 11 10 26 – 57
Broadalbin-Perth7 17 9 15 – 48
Scholl 4-6-17, Barnhill 5-4-17, Dukes 3-3-9, Arnold 3-5-14. Totals: 15-18-57.
Coveney 4-2-10, Dingman 1-0-2, Floyd 1-0-2, Hartz 2-1-6, Pingitore 3-0-6, A. Taylor 4-2-10, P. Taylor 1-2-4, VanBrocklin 3-0-8. Totals: 19-7-48.
3-point goals: Gloversville 9 (Scholl 3, Barnhill 3, Arnold 3); Broadalbin-Perth: 3 (VanBrocklin 2, Hartz).