Broadalbin-Perth dug in defensively in its state Class B semifinal basketball game with Bishop Kearney Friday night.
The Kings dug even deeper.
Contesting every pass and every shot, and turning Broadalbin-Perth mistakes into points, Bishop Kearney stymied its Section II foe in a 56-35 triumph at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Patriots managed only four first-half field goals in falling behind, 28-12, and a needed run over the final two quarters never materialized against their taller, quicker and more athletic opponent from Rochester.
“We threw some different defensive looks at them, but offensively, we struggled,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “We turned the ball over so many times. We were out of sync, and that’s a tribute to their defense, their pressure. We couldn’t get into a flow.”
Rob Norgard scored eight points for the Patriots (18-8), Brian Blake netted seven and 6-foot-6 Justin Boyles managed five after an 18-point outburst in their 46-44 regional overtime win against Ogdensburg Free Academy.
Broadalbin-Perth led only twice, on a free throw by Boyles to start the scoring, and at 6-5 on Blake’s three-point basket midway through the opening period.
“They really take pride in their defense,” said Bishop Kearney coach Jon Boon, whose Kings held 2008 state champ Olean to 45 points in a regional victory last week. “Their defense leads to what they like to do, which is run and dunk. That’s what fuels them.”
Long segments without scoring hurt Broadalbin-Perth (18-8) in its bid to win on this stage for the first time in 16 years. Bishop Kearney erased that 6-5 deficit with a 9-0 spurt that spilled into the second quarter, and used a 13-0 flurry that carried into the third frame to go up, 31-12.
In the end, Broadalbin-Perth had 23 turnovers, and connected on 12 of 43 shots from the field (27.9 percent). Only one other time had the Patriots scored fewer than 35 points, in a 38-34 non-league loss at Fonda-Fultonville back on Jan. 30.
“We couldn’t sustain anything.
Either the ball would rim out or we’d turn it over,” said Gifford. “We usually play ugly, but not that ugly.”
Six-foot-three juniors Blair Roberts and Roderick Gray sparked the Bishop Kearney (Section V, 23-3) offense with 23 and 16 points, respectively, while no other King had more than five. Roberts produced 15 first-half points and Gray notched 10 to help the state’s No.2-ranked team gain the upper hand.
“We kept it low scoring early on and they got some transitions and some offensive rebounds,” Gifford said. “We wanted to keep it around 10 and give ourselves a chance at the end, but it didn’t work out that way.”
Roberts started the third quarter with a three-point play and later sank a short jumper and three-point bomb as Bishop Kearney’s advantage grew to 45-25.
“They’ve got a couple of kids who can knock down threes and they had the big kid inside,” said Boon. “They had some threats. That’s why I thought it was important to win the third quarter.”
Bishop Kearney can win its first state title tonight at 9 when it takes on Seton Catholic of Binghamton (Section IV, 21-3). The Saints rallied in the final minute to beat Malverne (Section VIII, 12-11) earlier Friday, 50-49, to gain a shot their first state banner.
Broadalbin-Perth made its only other state final-four appearance in 1993 at the Class C level, and beat Liberty before losing to Whitney Point. That edition, like this season’s group, advanced with an overtime victory in its regional final.
“Would we have liked to finish it off? Absolutely, but no one can take the Section II title and regional title away from us,” said Gifford, whose team had climbed to No.16 in the state rankings by virtue of its six-game winning streak that ended Friday. “Those things put us back on the map.”
Roberts had a strong all-around performance, shooting 10-for-17 from the field with six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Blake topped the Patriots with a game-high eight rebounds.
S. Hathaway 1-0-2, Blake 2-2-7, Sawyer 1-0-2, Sheridan 2-0-4, Norgard 2-3-8, Boyles 1-3-5, Bush 2-0-4, Douglas 1-0-3. Totals: 12-8-35.
Gray 6-4-16, James 2-0-5, Turner 1-0-2, Lewis 1-0-2, Ikpeze 1-0-2, Roberts 10-2-23, Kay 0-2-2, Taylor 0-1-1, Strauss 1-0-3. Totals: 22-9-56.
Broad.-Perth 6 6 13 10 — 35
Bishop Kearney 12 16 17 11 —56
Three-point goals: Blake, Norgard, Douglas, James, Roberts, Strauss.
Senior guard Jaime Schultz scored a career-high 32 points, and Maple Hill (26-1) went on a 20-0 run spanning the middle quarters in a 77-51 state Class C semifinal win over Onondaga (Section III,17-10).
Schultz, who came in averaging 8.8 points per game, delivered nine in the 20-0 spurt which gave the Wildcats a 36-27 third-quarter lead in their first-ever semifinal appearance. Schultz added 13 more in a 27-8 fourth-quarter surge, and finished 10-for-15 shooting from the field and 10-for-10 from the line with three steals.
Trent Tibbitts scored 16 point for Maple Hill, and Adam Donnelly and Sean Danaher both had nine points while combining for 24 rebounds.
Onondaga took 11-point leads three times in the second quarter, the last at 27-16, before Schultz kick-started Maple Hill’s comeback with two free throws and a layup. Tibbitts hit a three to make it 36-27, and Onondaga never got closer than five after that.
Avon (Section V, 26-1) beat Oyster Bay (Section VIII, 13-9) in the other semifinal, 61-45, and will meet Maple Hill tonight at 7:15. Other than the largest classification, no Section II team has won a state title since Watervliet (Class C) in 1991.
Prinzo 2-3-7, Despart 1-0-2, Eldert 1-0-2, Tibbitts 6-1-16, Schultz 10-10-32, Donnelly 2-5-9, Danaher 4-1-9. Totals: 26-20-77.
Bassett 3-3-11, DePalma 1-0-2, Cota 3-1-9, Zabel 3-3-10, Emerson 4-3-11, Hastedt 1-0-2, Holbrook 2-2-6. Totals: 17-12-51.
Maple Hill 12 16 22 27 — 77
Onondaga 20 7 16 8 — 51
Three-point goals: Tibbitts 3, Schultz 2, Bassett 2, Cota 2, Zabel.
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