Broadalbin-Perth came to Scotia-Glenville Tuesday night with momentum on its side, and now, it has even more.
Brian Blake sank a pair of three-point baskets in a key second-quarter run, Dan Schulz played a strong all-around game and the Patriots excelled on defense in a 42-30
triumph over the Foothills Council title-contending Tartans.
“We’re playing good ball right now,” said Schulz, a senior guard. “We’ve won three in a row now, and we’ve got three to go before the sectionals. Hopefully, we can close out strong and get a home game for the sectionals, and then do something in the sectionals.”
Broadalbin-Perth (6-5, 11-6) trailed only once, 11-10, in the second quarter, and responded with an 11-0 run in which Blake nailed his two long bombs and Brandon Bush added another. The Patriots used a 9-0 spurt in the third period to gain command, with Schulz sinking two jumpers to cap the run as the visitors went up, 32-15.
“That’s a tough team. They’re a first-place team, and we haven’t beaten them in six, seven years,” said Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford. “This was a real good road win.”
And another difficult outing for the Tartans (8-3, 12-5), who slipped a half-game behind Queensbury (9-3,
12-6) in the Foothills with their third loss in four games. Their lone win during the stretch came against Gloversville, and it took overtime to get it done.
“It’s very simple. You can’t play basketball at any level without a point guard,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei. “I think any coach will tell you that.”
Tartans standout senior point guard Jeff Stopera did play, but was slowed by a sore back and managed just five points and two assists. Six-foot-10 junior Jim Janson had 11 points and eight rebounds, but didn’t have a field goal after the opening quarter.
“When Jeff Stopera is healthy, we’re a different team,” Giammattei said. “He’s a three-year starter for us. He’s a first-team Foothills Council all-star, and right now, he can’t play that way.”
Schulz, however, did. Aside from his 10 points, the 6-1 senior grabbed 11 rebounds, assisted on six baskets and was a quick-moving presence at the defensive end.
“He’s a good player. In my opinion, he’s a first-team Foothills Council player,” Giammattei said. “He’s a leader and a class act, and one of those guys who does a lot of little things that help a team.”
Schulz came away with a game-high four steals, and Rob Norgard added three to spark a strong defensive effort by the Patriots, who limited the Tartans to single points in all but the last quarter. In addition to its shooting woes, Scotia-Glenville turned the ball over 20 times.
“We held them to 30 points. Our defense just stepped up, and we put some pressure on them,” Gifford said. “We did a good job on their big guy [Janson] and closed out on their shooters.”
“That’s an all-time low for my teams here in 13 years,” Giammattei said of the 30 points. “We missed shots, and we turned it over too much. And a lot of those turnovers were unforced.”
Scotia-Glenville had won at Broadalbin-Perth on Jan. 9, 45-33. The Patriots played that game without Blake, Connor Sheridan and Dave and Shane Hathaway, who were involved in an auto accident the night before. The four players combined for 20 points Tuesday, with Shane Hathaway netting eight.
“It helps to have everyone here,” said Schulz. “Obviously, we’re a better team with those four guys.”
Blake 2-0-6, Boyles 0-1-1, Bush 1-0-3, D. Hathaway 1-0-2, S. Hathaway 4-0-8, Norgard 3-0-6, Sawyer 1-0-2, Schulz 5-0-10, Sheridan 2-0-4. Totals: 19-1-42.
Alescio 1-1-3, Ferrari 2-3-7, Janson 3-5-11, Lindsay 1-0-2, Perry 1-0-2, Stopera 1-2-5. Totals: 9-11-30.
Broadalbin-Perth 8 13 13 8 — 42
Scotia-Glenville 6 5 8 11 — 30
Three-point goals: Blake 2, Bush, Stopera.
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