Griffin Fraterrigo and his Scotia-Glenville teammates shared the basketball to great extent in building a double-digit, third-quarter lead in Monday night’s Foothills Council contest with visiting Gloversville.
When the Dragons closed the gap, the Tartans shared the ball some more.
Three sweet passes led to three straight baskets as the Tartans gained all the room they would need in beating the Dragons 62-45 while extending their win streak to seven games.
Fraterrigo had two of those three assists and a team-leading six of them to go with 17 points and 16 rebounds.James Collar paced Gloversville with 13 points, and Gio Glionna had eight points and 10 rebounds.
“Coach always tells me to push the ball and if I have an open lane, take it all the way,” said Fraterrigo, Scotia-Glenville’s senior point guard. “If not, find a teammate.”
Scotia-Glenville (9-2 league, 12 overall) collected 20 assists on its 23 field goals, with Aaron Corker adding five to go with his 12 points. Ben Kline and Carson Vien contributed 20 and 11 points, respectively, for a Tartans contingent that last lost on Dec. 17 at Hudson Falls (64-44) and has a rematch with the Tigers next Tuesday.
Amsterdam dealt Scotia-Glenville its other league loss 76-59 on Dec. 7 and the Tartans avenged that setback last Tuesday 76-59.
“Ever since we lost that one in December [to Hudson Falls], we’ve turned it around,” Fraterrigo said. “We’re hoping to do to Hudson Falls what we did to Amsterdam. You saw the score.”
Monday’s score showed Scotia-Glenville up 41-36 in the third quarter after Dominic Dorman sank a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 Gloversville run.
Andrew Wilson found Corker down low for a layup to begin a 7-0 counter spurt for the Tartans with 2:30 left. After Vien nailed an open 3 that was assisted by Fraterrigo, the Tartans point guard assisted on a layup by Corker as the hosts lead grew to 48-36.
“You share the ball, you get good shots,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Mark Sausvile. “I was happy with that.”
“We’ve worked on that [sharing the ball] every single day since the summer,” Fraterrigo said. “As soon as that [7-0 spurt] happened, the whole pace of the game changed and I knew we were in a good position to get the win.”
Scotia-Glenville put the game away with a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter when Kline scored his final four points.
“Scotia moves the ball well,” Gloversville coach Ed Collar said. “They know how to get shooters open. They execute well.”
Gloversville did a lot of good things with the ball when it battled back with its 9-0 surge that began with a 3 by Anthony Gray.Glionna followed with a free throw and a layup before Dorman’s 3 made it a two-possession game.
“We got a little momentum and couldn’t sustain it,” Ed Collar said. “We turned it over four or five times in a row.”
Scotia-Glenville switched from man-to-man defense to its 3-2 zone late in the third quarter when the game swung its way for good.
“They run good stuff. He’s [Ed Collar] an ex-college coach, and they were getting some wide open looks,” Sausville said. “Switching to zone helped a little.”
Gloversville (2-8, 4-8) had won three games in a row before Monday’s loss marked its third straight.
“We went through a stretch where our defense was top-notch, but it hasn’t been that way lately,” Ed Collar said. “We’re not the highest scoring team so we can’t be flat on defense. We need to keep teams under 45 points to win.”
Fraterrigo sank two free throws and a 3 early in the third quarter, and Kline scored on a runner and a layup to help Scotia-Glenville open up a 41-27 lead before Gloversville responded with its best segment.
“We did a good job of weathering the storm,” Sausville said. “That third quarter was a good quarter for us.”
Gloversville 12 10 16 7 — 45
Scotia-Glenville 14 16 18 14 — 62
Gloversville scoring: Ja. Collar 6-1-13, Dorman 3-0-7, Glionna 3-1-8, Gray 2-0-6, Heimer 2-0-5, Perez 3-0-6. Scotia-Glenville scoring: Corker 5-2-12, Fraterrigo 6-2-17, Vien 4-0-11, Maddox 0-2-2, Kline 8-2-20. Scoring totals: Gloversville 19-2-45, Scotia-Glenville 23-8-62.