AMSTERDAM – As one of only three seniors on this season’s Amsterdam boys’ basketball roster, Tyrell Douglas is hoping to end his high school career on a high note.
“This year, we want to win sectionals and go to states,” he said. “If we play our game, we can beat anyone on any given night.”
Through six games this season, the Rams have done just that, posting a 6-0 record.
“It feels great to be 6-0 so far,” Douglas said.
Amsterdam picked up its latest win last Friday, posting a 64-49 victory over Broadalbin-Perth in its first game since a 69-60 victory over South Glens Falls on Dec. 21.
Rust from the layoff showed early in the Rams’ win over the Patriots, as Amsterdam scored just 23 points in the first half before scoring nearly double that total in the second.
“It felt like everyone was trying their best and had the right intentions,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said. “We just had the wrong timing.”
“We’d been off because of COVID, so it took us a while to get going,” Douglas said. “Once we found our groove, we played well.”
Junior Jhai Vellon scored 15 points to lead Amsterdam, which had four players in double figures. Junior Ceasar Thompson scored 15 points for the Rams, Junior Victor Dueno finished with 12 points and Douglas added 11.
It was the fourth time in six games this season that the Rams had at least three players score in double digits.
“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.”
Having not played a full season since the 2019-20 campaign, Amsterdam went 10-2 overall during the abbreviated season last winter. The Rams played most of their games against Montgomery County competition, going 10-0 against Fonda-Fultonville, Fort Plain, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville and Canajoharie. Amsterdam’s only losses came by two-point margins against Broadalbin-Perth and Scotia-Glenville.
“We didn’t get to play a lot of teams last year and they weren’t the caliber of teams we usually face,” Douglas said. “It was good to have a season, but it wasn’t the same.”
This season, the Rams find themselves alone atop the Foothills Council standings. Two of their games have been postponed due to health-and-safety protocols.
“Hopefully, we can get into more of a routine in the second half of the season,” Douglas said. “It’s been hard to get any momentum going.”
For Douglas and fellow seniors Garrett McHeard and J.J. Pleasant, this season also represents a final opportunity for postseason success together.
“This team looks for each other and we work together,” Douglas said. “We play as a team and everything we do is as one. We want to go out on top.”
Amsterdam last reached the Section II Class A championship game in 2017-18, losing to Mohonasen. The Rams last won an area title in 1995, claiming the Class B title. Amsterdam won the Class A title in 1977.
“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 is scheduled to host Johnstown Tuesday night.