GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville’s Anthony Gray hit a key 3-pointer in overtime, and big man Giorgio Glionna hit his second jumper of the extra session to push the Dragons past Cobleskill-Richmondville 48-44 in the second game of the Coach Kobuskie Holiday Tournament Tuesday night at Gloversville High School.
In the opener Fonda-Fultonville’s stifling defense made quick work of winless Johnstown, 66-35, setting the consolation and championship matchups at Gloversville.
Cobleskill-Richmondville’s Paul Clark hit just his second bucket of the night with 8.8 seconds left in regulation to knot the nightcap at 40-40 and Gray’s jump shot at the buzzer didn’t fall, forcing overtime.
The Bulldog’s Ethan Wade hit two jump shots in the extra session, the only points for Cobleskill-Richmondville as the Dragons answered with Glionna for the initial tie at 42-42 before Gray hit his 3-pointer with 1:40 left for the final lead, 45-44.
“Throughout the game, I was missing a lot, I should have made most of the shots I took,” Gray said. “My teammates kept telling me, ‘You gotta shoot, you gotta shoot, you gotta shoot.’ They found me and had all the confidence in the world in me. If I knew I was open I had to shoot it.”
Gray finished with 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers in the win.
Glionna followed with another jump shot outside the lane for a 47-44 lead with 20 seconds left before Rocco Insonia made a final free throw in the closing seconds, finishing with 12 points in the contest.
“Any open shot inside the 3-point line was kind of what I was feeling after the first half after missing my first two 3s,” Glionna said. “When we swung the ball, we found a lot of shots inside the 3-point line I wanted to hit it.”
Cobleskill-Richmondville took advantage of Gloversville’s poor shooting start with a 10-3 first quarter lead before the Dragons found some success inside with Glionna, cutting the lead, 17-15 at the half.
“The whole first half, we struggled shooting, 3-for-19 from 3-point range, 6-for-33 overall,” Gloversville coach Ed Collar said. “We got a lot of good open looks, but weren’t knocking down the shots. We said we were going to press, run the break and attack on the break, try to get some easy shots. It gave us a little bit of run. We didn’t sustain it the whole time, but it gave us that little bit of boost to get over the hump a little bit.”
In the opener, Fonda-Fultonville pressed for the entire first half, holding Johnstown to just 10 points. In the second half, the Braves clamped down on the Sir Bills within the defensive end, coasting to the opening-round win.
“Defense should be what travels and so far this year and I’m proud of them,” Fonda-Fultonville coach Eric Wilson said. “If we can get out and make shots tough for other teams and make their offense difficult for them, that’s all we’re trying to do.”
Nick Hastings led the Braves with 22 points, including 16 in the first half, most of them contested by Johnstown defenders underneath the basket.
“I love getting challenged, especially in the paint,” Hastings said. “You have to figure out how to get through the pressure. Sometimes you have to go for a couple fakes, or sometimes it’s a fast break. These guys [Johnstown] were on me the whole game, and I just had to find ways to get through them and go right up.”
Braden Jones led the Sir Bills with 13 points.
Cobleskill-Richmondville will face Johnstown in the 4 p.m. consolation game with Fonda-Fultonville taking on Gloversville at 5:30 p.m. in the championship contest.
GLOVERSVILLE 48, COBLESKILL-RICHMONDVILLE 44 (OT)
Cobleskill-Richmondville 10 7 13 10 4 — 44
Gloversville 312 14 11 8 — 48
Cobleskill-Richmondville scoring: LaBarge 2-3-7, Clark 2-0-4, Helme 2-0-6, Trendell 1-0-2, Peterson 3-0-9. Wade 6-0-12, Ferris 2-0-4. Gloversville scoring: Dooling 1-0-2, Perez 2-1-7, Gray 5-0-14, Collar 1-0-3, Insonia 6-1-13, Glionna 4-1-9. Team scoring: Cobleskill-Richmondville 18-3-44, Gloversville 19-2-48.
FONDA-FULTONVILLE 66, JOHNSTOWN 35
Johnstown 6 4 14 11 —35
Fonda-Fultonville 18 22 11 15 — 66
Johnstown scoring: B. Jones 4-4-13, Everest 2-0-6, Mureness 1-0-3, E. Jones 1-0-3, Hoyt 3-2-8, Wheelis 1-0-2. Fonda-Fultonville scoring: Boyer 1-0-2, Mycek 3-0-7, Booth 1-0-3, Cusack 3-2-10, Melious 1-0-3 Whipple 2-0-4, Weaver 3-2-8, Hastings 11-0-22, Miller 3-0-7. Scoring totals: Johnstown 12-6-35, Fonda-Fultonville 28-4-66.