Lions hand Dragons first loss
GLOVERSVILLE – After surrendering a season-high 70 points to Columbia Prep in Sunday’s first round game of the Coach Kobuskie Holiday Tournament, the Dragons allowed the Mekeel Christian Lions to repeat the feat Monday. This time, Gloversville’s offense couldn’t keep pace as the Dragons suffered their first loss of the season 70-66.
“We played no defense tonight and it showed,” said Gloversville head coach Mark LeFever. “We can’t give up 70 points. We’re going to struggle the rest of the year if we continue to defend the way we did tonight.”
Mekeel Christian (5-0) defeated Amsterdam on Saturday to advance to the tourney title game against Gloversville (6-1). Amsterdam defeated Columbia Prep in the early game Monday to take away third place honors.
Gloversville got off to a good start, holding a 9-point lead midway through the first quarter. After taking the ball to the hoop with authority nearly every trip down in their first game of the tournament, Gloversville splashed three times from downtown in the first quarter Monday. Asa Barnhill and James Scholl each knocked one down as part of an early 14-3 run.
The big men for each team contributed at a high level. Gloversville’s Hunter Goodwin and Mekeel’s Damonte White each tallied six first quarter points before going on to finish with double doubles. White led Mekeel with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Goodwin had 14 points and 11 boards.
“I thought Hunter played back-to-back great games,” said LeFever. “He battled and he fought hard.”
The Lions started the second quarter with a seven point burst to take the lead, but Scholl grabbed the lead back with his second three of the game. The Dragons held an 8-point lead midway through the frame but Scott Voelker nailed two threes as part of an 8-2 Mekeel run to end the half.
“They made the most of opportunities and they knocked down some big shots,” said LeFever. “I harped defensively [at halftime] just about everybody talking, communicating, looking for each other, and beating them to the ball.”
There were six lead changes in the third quarter. Barnhill, Goodwin and Keyshawn Arnold each made field goals to swing the score in Gloversville’s favor.
The Dragons led for a good portion of the fourth quarter but with the score at 58-55, Mekeel’s Herbie Sexton knocked down a pull-up three from the left wing to tie it. Arnold found Goodwin for a Gloversville layup and swooped to the hoop for two of his own soon after, but Mike Mann buried a three for Mekeel with 35 seconds remaining to give the Lions a two-point lead.
Mann was huge for Mekeel in the quarter. The sophomore scored 11 points including four straight free throws down the stretch to keep it a two score game.
Barnhill paced Gloversville with 19 points. Mann finished with 14 for the Lions and Marquan Newman chipped in six points to go along with 10 rebounds.
“We didn’t play well enough to win against a good team and it’s disappointing,” said LeFever. “But, our kids are very talented and I’m sure they’re going to respond.”
The Dragons will get that chance to respond Friday on the road at Queensbury. Mekeel Christian will look to keep their perfect record intact on Jan. 6 against the Bulldogs of Berne-Knox-Westerlo.
Amsterdam 77, Columbia Prep 52
The Amsterdam Rams raced past the Columbia Prep Lions 77-52 Monday to grab third place at the Coach Kobuskie Holiday Tournament at Gloversville High School.
The Rams (3-5 overall) held a 20 point advantage at halftime, led by Kory Bergh who scored 10 in the half and a game-high 15 overall. Bergh also knocked down three from long range.
The Lions hit on six three-pointers in the game but cannot be pleased with their trip up north from Manhattan. They fell by at least 25 points for their second straight game after starting the season 6-0.
The Rams will look to build a win streak Friday at Bishop Gibbons.
Mekeel Christian 70, Gloversville 66
Mekeel Christian14 22 14 20 – 70
Gloversville19 19 13 15 – 66
White 6-4-16, Mann 4-4-14, Senthil 5-1-13, Sexton 4-1-10, Newman 3-0-6, Voelker 2-0-6, A. Mulvey, 2-0-5. Totals 26-10-70.
Goodwin 6-2-14, Barnhill 8-2-19, Dukes 3-5-11, Scholl 3-0-9, Arnold 5-2-13. Totals 25-11-66.
3-point-goals: Mekeel Christian 8 (Mann 2, Senthill 2, Voelker 2, A. Mulvey, Sexton); Gloversville 5 (Scholl 3, Barnhill, Arnold)
Amsterdam 77, Columbia Prep 52
Amsterdam22 28 18 9 – 77
Columbia Prep17 13 10 12 – 52
Bergh 6-0-15, Pritchard 7-0-14, Rouse 5-0-11, Rodriguez 4-1-9, Martin 3-0-7,, Aponte 2-2-6, Valentin 3-0-6, Robertshaw 0-4-4, Stanavich 2-0-4, Carrington 0-1-1. Totals 32-8-77.
Fishman 3-1-10, Togut 3-3-9, Grant 3-2-8, Godnick 3-0-6, Peter 2-0-6, Shapot 2-0-5, Taubenfeld 2-1-5, Zarka 1-0-2. Totals 20-7-52.
3-point-goals: Amsterdam 5 (Bergh 3, Rouse, Martin), Columbia Prep 6 (Fishman 3, Peter 2, Shapot)