Schuylerville wasn’t going to let Dan Schulz be the fourth-quarter hero in Saturday’s Section II Class B quarterfinal game at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.
“They keyed on me a little bit, but we’ve got other guys who know how to play,” Schulz said after Broadalbin-Perth held off the Black Horses, 49-40, for its second postseason win and sixth victory in seven games. “Other guys stepped up.”
Schulz scored 19 points through three quarters, and Shane Hathaway and Brian Blake combined for all 11 of the Patriots’ fourth-quarter points to propel them into the semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center for the first time since 2002.
“We adjusted in the second half, and got a little more help on him [Schulz],” said Schuylerville coach Matt Sgambati. “Some of their other guys made some shots. That one [by Hathaway] was big.”
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Hathaway connected on a jumper with 1:43 left to halt an 8-0 Schuylerville run and give Broadalbin-Perth a 43-36 lead, and the junior guard dropped in four free throws down the stretch to eliminate a team that had won three sectional championships since 2003.
“We were in a five-minute dry spell. We needed a basket. We were dying for a basket,” said Patriots coach Tucker Gifford. “He stepped up and then he made his foul shots in the end.”
“That was a big jumper,” said Schulz, who fed Hathaway for the key hoop. “He knows where to go to get open, and he can hit shots.”
Hathaway and Blake both finished with 12 points as Broadalbin-Perth (No. 4 seed, 15-7) advanced to meet Ichabod Crane (No. 1, 20-1) in Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal. Broadalbin-Perth beat Chatham, 64-57, before taking down Schuylerville.
“It will mean nothing unless we win the next two,” Schulz said.
Broadalbin-Perth took the Class B
title as the No. 13 seed in 2002, claiming the banner with a last-second victory over Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons. The Patriots also claimed the 2001 sectional title.
“We’re very happy to get there, but we’re not content,” Gifford said. “Our goal all year was to win the Section II championship. We’ve got two steps to go.”
Things were going quite well for the Patriots after Blake’s three-point play gave them their biggest advantage, 41-28, 31 seconds into the final quarter. Austin Bateman scored on a drive for Schuylerville (No. 5,
15-7) and then knocked down a pair of three-point baskets, and all of a sudden, Broadalbin-Perth’s lead was whittled to five.
Three minutes of intense, but scoreless, action followed before Hathaway ended the scoring drought.
“We definitely had our chances,” said Sgambati. “We couldn’t make a shot. We went cold.”
Blake’s two free throws increased Broadalbin-Perth’s lead to 45-36 with 43.3 seconds left. Hathaway answered a foul shot by Schuyler Thomas and a three-pointer by Evan Fort with his four clutch free throws.
“Broadalbin-Perth plays in a Class A league. They play tougher competition, and that makes them tougher in the end,” said Sgambati.
Schuylerville had a difficult time containing Schulz early on, with the senior point guard netting eight points in the first quarter, five in the second and six more in the third. His two jumpers capped a 10-2 run to close the first frame as the Patriots went up, 18-10. Schulz also sank two jumpers in an 8-0 spurt to end the third period, with that push making it 38-26.
“We wanted to go the Civic Center,” said Schulz, who collected 10 rebounds and three assists. “We played hard.”
Gifford was particularly pleased with his team’s defensive work. With their tight man-to-man, the Patriots allowed five first-half field goals, and only two in the third quarter.
“We knew they could all shoot. We extended our defense with high hands,” Tucker said. “To hold a team like Schuylerville to 40 points is pretty impressive for us.”
Thomas had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Schuylerville. The senior forward, who sparked a
58-38 first-round win over Johnstown with 23 points, managed five in Saturday’s second half.
Bateman 4-4-14, Cook 1-0-2, Thomas 4-6-15, Fort 2-0-6, Brennan 0-3-3. Totals: 11-13-40.
S. Hathaway 4-4-12, Schulz 8-3-19, Norgard 2-0-4, Blake 4-3-12, Boyles 1-0-2. Totals: 19-10-49.
Schuylerville 10 12 4 14 — 40
Broad.-Perth 18 10 10 11 — 49
Three-point goals: Bateman 2, Thomas, Fort 2, Blake.