GLOVERSVILLE — After Friday’s Foothills Council game against Gloversville, Broadalbin-Perth boys’ basketball coach Tucker Gifford couldn’t help but smile about the Patriots’ defensive performance.
“Probably a charge fires me up more than anything else in basketball,” Gifford said. “We were able to put our bodies in the right position to take them, and I think we had four or five tonight. It takes a toughness to do that and I like to see that.”
The Broadalbin-Perth offense fed off the defensive performance as they cruised to their second-straight victory, 51-29 over the Dragons on Friday night at Gloversville High School.
The Patriots can out on the attack, driving hard to the hoop to open with a 7-2 run. The Dragons battled back behind a 3-pointer from Dom Dorman to trim the advantage to 12-9 at the end of the quarter.
The Broadalbin-Perth defense kicked into high gear early in the second quarter sparking a 13-3 run to help build a 32-16 halftime advantage.
“In our first two games we started to settle for outside jumpers so our focus tonight was to get in the paint and go to the basket strong,” Gifford said. “I think we did a pretty good job of that. We have some guys who can attack and that will help loosen everything else up.”
Broadalbin-Perth maintained its advantage through the third quarter, matching the Dragons’ Gio Glionna’s nine-point third-quarter effort to carry a 41-25 lead into the final stanza.
Both teams featured their reserves in the final eight minutes of play as the Patriots locked up the victory.
“We were out of control with no semblance of running an offense,” Gloversville coach Ed Collar said. “Their defense pressured us into making mistakes and, more than that, it pressured us into a lack of clear thinking. It rattled everybody to the point where the guys just started playing independently. There was no cohesion on offense and that translated to our defense. It was just a bad performance in every aspect of the game.”
Glionna led Gloversville (1-2 Foothills, 1-2 overall) with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Rocco Insonia pulled down six rebounds to go with four points and Dorman finished with five points.
Ryan Savoie Jr. paced the Patriots (2-1, 2-1) with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Alexander DiCaterino had 11 points and Mariano DiCaterino finished with nine points to go with four steals and six points from Michal Magliocca.
Broadalbin-Perth will host Queensbury next Wednesday, while Gloversville will host South Glens Falls on Tuesday.
Broadalbin-Perth 12 20 9 10—51
Gloversville 9 7 9 4—29
Broadalbin-Perth scoring: A DiCaterino 4-1-11, Magliocca 3-0-6, Savoie 6-0-13, M. DiCaterino 3-2-9, Hotaling 2-2-6, Rogers 2-1-6. Gloversville scoring: Bradt 1-0-2, Dorman 2-0-5, J. Collar 0-3-3, Insonia 2-0-4, Mabie 1-0-2, Glionna 6-1-13. Scoring totals: Broadalbin-Perth 20-6-51. Gloversville 12-4-29.
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