Taylor powers Patriots into semifinals
CLIFTON PARK – Through two playoff games, the Broadalbin-Perth boys basketball team has scored 133 points.
After his most recent effort, 66 of those points have come from senior Andre Taylor, who scored 35 points in a 70-53 win over Hudson in a Section II Class B quarterfinal contest at Shenendehowa High School on Friday.
Taylor, who scored a career-high 31 points in Tuesday’s 63-56 win over 11th-seeded Schuylerville, put up another career high against the 14th-seeded Blue Hawks.
“We’re just kind of jumping on Andre’s shoulders and riding right along,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “He stepped up big on both ends of the floor for us tonight. He played well.”
Taylor scored eight of his team’s 13 points in the first quarter as the sixth-seeded Patriots used a 15-2 surge to overcome an early 3-0 deficit to take a 15-5 lead with 2:50 to play in the quarter.
The Blue Hawks closed to within 15-10 by scoring the final five points of the frame.
Hudson, which stunned third-seeded Cohoes on Tuesday with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, was plagued by eight turnovers in the opening quarter.
“Turnovers kind of killed us tonight, especially the unforced ones where we just threw it away,” Hudson coach Shawn Briscoe said.
Malcolm Scott scored seven of the Blue Hawks’ 10 first-quarter points.
B-P started quickly in the second quarter, opening with a 12-5 burst to grab a 27-15 advantage.
Taylor keyed the surge for the Patriots, scoring 13 points in the quarter, helping B-P take a 36-25 lead into the half.
“It feels good,” Taylor said. “At sectional time, somebody’s got to step up, and I’ve been able to step up and score for us the last two games.”
The Patriots continued to control the game in the second half, leading by as many as 18 points in the third quarter.
Taylor finished with eight points in the frame for B-P, while Scott continued to score on rebounds and putbacks for Hudson, adding six more points to his total in the third quarter.
“We didn’t do a good job on the boards,” Gifford said. “If we want to keep moving on, we’ve got to rebound better.”
The Patriots took a 52-38 lead into the final quarter and the Blue Hawks got no closer than nine points the rest of the way.
B-P sealed the win with six straight free throws down the stretch, four from Dingman and two from Connor Pingitore.
Taylor led all scorers with his 35-point effort for B-P, while Ryan Dingman finished with 14 points. Taylor also had nine rebounds and three assists for the Patriots. Chris Natoli added 11 rebounds and three steals for Broadalbin-Perth.
“He’s [Taylor] tough. He’s a good player and we knew we needed to stop him, but we couldn’t find an answer for him tonight,” Briscoe said.
Scott finished with 21 points to lead Hudson.
“Malcolm [Scott] had a big game for us tonight,” Briscoe said.
The victory was the sixth straight for B-P, which has won 12 of 13 games after starting the season 3-4.
Broadalbin-Perth (15-5 overall) will face second-seeded Hoosick Falls in Tuesday’s semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 6:30 p.m.
“This will be my first time playing in Glens Falls,” Taylor said. “As a senior, I’m proud of our team. We’re just going to keep playing hard.”
Hoosick Falls (19-1 overall) topped 10th-seeded Schalmont, 56-48, in the quarterfinals Friday at Shenendehowa.
“At this point who ever wins, you don’t expect an easy game,” Gifford said. “Whether it’s Hoosick Falls or Schalmont, we’re going to be facing a good team.”
Hudson ended its season with an 11-10 overall record.
“This is a tough loss for our five seniors,” Briscoe said. “We fought hard and we weren’t expected to make it this far. I’m proud of my team.”
Broadalbin-Perth 70, Hudson 53
Broadalbin-Perth15 21 16 18 – 70
Hudson10 15 13 15 – 53
Coveney 1-0-2, VanBrocklin 2-2-7, A. Taylor 14-6-35, P. Taylor 3-0-6, Dingman 4-4-14, Pingitore 0-2-2, Natoli 2-2-4. Totals 26-14-70.
Young 2-3-7, Hedgepeth 3-0-7, Scott 10-1-21, Gardner 0-6-6, Bowes 2-0-6, Folds 2-2-6. Totals 19-12-53.
3-point goals: Broadalbin-Perth 4 (Dingman 2, VanBrocklin, A. Taylor); Hudson 3 (Bowes 2, Hedgepeth).