AMSTERDAM – Over the last several seasons, the Amsterdam and Broadalbin-Perth boys’ basketball teams have played some memorable nail-biters.
The latest meeting between the Rams and Patriots wasn’t quite as close with Amsterdam posting a 64-49 victory in a Foothills Council contest Friday at Amsterdam High School thanks to a 17-0 run to close out the third quarter.
“It’s always a tough game with Broadalbin-Perth,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said. “It’s a rivalry game and they’re well-coached.”
Jhai Vellon scored 15 points to lead Amsterdam, which had four players in double figures. Ceasar Thompson scored 15 points for the Rams, Victor Dueno finished with 12 points and Tyrell Douglas added 11.
“The great thing about this team is our balance,” Jones said. “Every game, it’s someone different stepping up at different points of the game when we need it.”
“We’ve been off because of COVID, so it took us a while to get going,” Douglas said. “Once we found our groove, we played well.”
Mariano DiCaterino scored 19 points to lead Broadalbin-Perth.
Having not played since Dec. 21, Amsterdam got off to a bit of a slow start Friday, taking a 14-11 lead after one quarter and leading 23-19 at the half.
“Just having such a lull in the schedule is tough,” Jones said. “It took us a while to get going for sure. Playing Broadalbin-Perth is always tough, but playing them in our first game back in almost three weeks is that much more difficult.”
Trailing by just four points at the break, Broadalbin-Perth got a pair of 3-pointers from Michael Magliocca early in the third quarter to pull within a point at 28-27 with 5:01 left.
However, the Rams scored the final 17 points of the quarter to open up a 45-27 lead.
“I thought the third quarter was the key to the whole game,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. “We had a solid first half. Then it kind of got away from us in the third. You can’t have a stretch like we had against a good team like Amsterdam.”
The Rams cruised home from there as Broadalbin-Perth got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
“We’re just happy to be playing. That’s truly all that matters,” Jones said. “We’re just trying to kind of find our stride. We’re trying to be better every time out.”
Amsterdam (6-0 overall, 6-0 Foothills) is scheduled to host on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“The thing for us is that we haven’t been able to figure out how to avoid stretches like we had tonight,” Gifford said. “We need to improve our focus a little bit, and we’ve got to clean up our play a little bit.”
Broadalbin-Perth (5-5 overall, 3-5 Foothills) is slated to travel to South Glens Falls for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday.
Broadalbin-Perth 11 8 8 22 – 49
Amsterdam 14 9 22 19 – 64
Broadalbin-Perth scoring: DiCaterino 3-0-6, Magliocca 2-0-6, Savoie 0-3-3, M. DiCaterino 6-4-19, Rogers 4-0-8, Russom 3-0-7. Amsterdam scoring: Vann 2-3-7, Douglas 5-0-11, Thompson 5-4-15, Dueno 4-0-12, Bartone 1-0-2, McHeard 1-0-2, Vellon 5-4-15. Scoring totals: Broadalbin-Perth 18-7-49, Amsterdam 23-11-64.