FONDA – The Fonda-Fultonville boys’ basketball team had a game plan for how to deal with Fort Plain big man Robert Jordan Monday night. Once implemented, it allowed the Braves to stay in control in their 56-37 win in a Montgomery County matchup.
“He’s a tough matchup for any team in this little Montgomery County schedule that we have,” Fonda coach Eric Wilson said during a post-game phone interview. “My concern was that he’s the type of kid that can go off for 30 [points] any night.
“We did a pretty good surrounding him, but I think pressuring the guards a little bit and getting out [on them], that helps defend the big kid.”
The Braves utilized their press effectively throughout the contest, forcing turnovers and extending its eight-point halftime lead in the second half. Fonda then turned it into a convincing win after five consecutive 3s late in the fourth quarter in a game played without spectators in attendance due to Montgomery County school guidelines.
“We’ve got capable shooters and we didn’t many open looks, but we were able to get loose in the fourth quarter, and get some good looks and we were fortunate to knock them down,” Wilson said.
Fonda’s Connor Weaver had a team-high 14 points with Jackson Cusack adding 12, including a pair of 3s. Nick Hastings added 10 points.
For Fort Plain, Jordan finished with a game-high 17 points. He was coming off a 31-point night at home last week against Canajoharie.
“He was constantly having a couple guys hanging on him,” Fort Plain coach Casey Russom said. “We’re going to have to make those adjustments and other people might have to step up a little bit, make some plays, make some shots when that happens.
“I do believe that we have several players that can fill those spots. It just didn’t happen tonight.”
Along with the defensive focus on Jordan, the Hilltoppers struggled around the rim throughout the contest.
“Whether it was free throws, jump shots or layups, it was just a frustrating, tough night,” Russom said.
Fonda held a 13-point lead after the third quarter, but had hit only one 3. Then, the Braves found their shooting touch in the fourth as they expanded their lead.
“Our first two games we gave up a ton of 3s, averaging 11 a game,” Russom said. “Tonight, we gave up six, and four or five of those were late in the game.
“That was a good adjustment that we made. If we continue to do that, I think we’ll be fine.”
Fort Plain 8 5 11 13 – 37
Fonda-Fultonville 14 7 16 19 – 56
Fort Plain scoring: Landry 0-2-2, R. Jordan 6-5-17, Welch 2-0-4, Thomas 1-0-2, Lemoine 1-2-5, Nemcech 0-0-0, VanGorder 1-0-3, Smith 2-0-4. Fonda-Fultonville scoring: Egelston 3-0-7, Cusack 4-2-12, Kowlaski 2-3-9, Weaver 6-1-14, Hastings 5-0-10, Sisco 2-0-4. Scoring totals: Fort Plain 13-9-37, Fonda-Fultonville 22-6-56.