AMSTERDAM — Senior night at Amsterdam got real good real fast.
The Rams broke away from a close game with Scotia-Glenville in the third quarter and held on down the stretch to win 57-50 Friday on a special evening for the high school’s 12th-graders.
“It’s a one-time thing for us,” Amsterdam senior forward Caydren Graveley said. “We’re not going to get this opportunity again, so it was good to get the win. It’s something in 10 years we can all talk about.”
The elder Rams will be talking about the close first half that saw 12 lead changes, and the third quarter when they went on a 19-6 run that was a splendid mix of offense and defense. That stanza proved to be just enough as the hosts bounced back with a Foothills Council victory after Tuesday’s 75-55 loss at Queensbury.
“We have been struggling in the third quarter,” Graveley, a 6-foot-3 forward, said after his eight-point, five-block performance. “At Queensbury, we were right there, and the third quarter went their way.”
“That was the main talk at halftime tonight,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said. “[At Queensbury] we were down one at the half, and we played the third like we were a different team.”
The real good Amsterdam team showed up in the third frame Friday, when the Rams hit shots and ramped up their defense.
“They are going to try to turn you over,” Scotia-Glenville coach Mark Sausville said of the Rams. “In the first half, we were OK. In the third quarter, we didn’t take care of the ball. One turnover turned into two turnovers. Two turned into three. It snowballed on us.”
And Amsterdam continually cashed in as its 31-28 halftime lead grew to 50-34.
“At the half, coach said we’ve got to be aggressive,” Graveley said. “Coach hyped us up, and we went out and performed.”
Yandeel Vazquez scored eight of his team-high 13 points in the third quarter, with a layup and a pair of 3-point baskets. Graveley contributed a pair of three-point plays, one of them coming after he stole the ball and dropped it in while drawing a foul. Kevin Perez also converted a three-point play in the decisive eight-minute stretch
“Yandeel hit some big shots and was a key guy in our press,” Jones said of the junior, who missed the Queensbury game with the flu. “He played real well for us.”
“In the third quarter, we dug a hole,” Sausville said. “It was a tough hole to try to get out of.”
Damian Colon scored 12 points for Amsterdam (9-8, 9-10), with the senior netting all of them in the back-and-forth first half. Perez finished with seven points, and fellow senior Jonah Clay added six points and seven rebounds.
“We’ve got to keep it going in our next game at Schuylerville and into the sectionals,” Graveley said.
“I’m proud of these seniors,” Jones said. “Good bunch of guys. They’re a pleasure to coach. We want to continue as long as we can.”
Antonio Cianfarani collected 15 points and 15 rebounds for Scotia-Glenville (5-12, 6-13). The junior forward’s three-point play capped a 10-0, fourth-quarter run when the Tartans crept within 52-44, and Vazquez hit a 3 afterward to halt their momentum.
“Give my guys some credit,” Sausville said. “They could have quit and didn’t do that. They stuck with it.”
Nathaniel Wylie had 12 points and six rebounds for the Tartans.
Scotia-Glenville, which had beaten Schuylerville and South Glens Falls in its two previous games, hurt itself with a 6-for-16 free throw effort.
“Our guys do a great job of getting to the line,” Sausville said. “You’ve got to make free throws.”
Scotia-Glenville 11 17 6 16 — 50
Amsterdam 13 18 19 7 — 57
Scotia-Glenville scoring: Barrera 3-0-8, Fresoni 1-3-5, Almond 1-0-2, Cianfarani 7-1-15, Cuddeback 2-0-5, Lane 1-0-2, Fraterrigo 0-1-1, Wylie 4-1-12. Amsterdam scoring: Colon 4-1-12, Graveley 3-2-8, Ausfeld 2-1-5, Vazquez 5-0-13, Perez 2-3-7, Clay 3-0-6, Douglas 1-4-6. Scoring totals: 19-6-50, Amsterdam 20-11-57.