Thompson scores 28 points as Amsterdam boys’ basketball hands Hudson Falls second loss of the year

Amsterdam's Ceasar Thompson goes up for a shot in the lane against Hudson Falls' Evan Kwasniewski during a Foothills Council showdown at Amsterdam High School Friday night.

Amsterdam's Ceasar Thompson goes up for a shot in the lane against Hudson Falls' Evan Kwasniewski during a Foothills Council showdown at Amsterdam High School Friday night.

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam junior Ceasar Thompson had Hudson Falls’ number once again Friday night in another Foothills Council boys’ basketball showdown.

After dropping 23 points in their first meeting on the road, the junior followed it up with a 28-point night as the Rams handed the Tigers their second league loss 68-56 at Amsterdam High School.

“It’s just a rivalry game, the biggest competition in the Foothills [Council], and we just feel like its the two best teams going at it,” Thompson said. “They’re going to give us their all and we’re going to give them ours every play.”

Amsterdam needed the win after dropping two straight league contests on the road at Gloversville and Schuylerville.

“We just had to get our mind right, our mindset right, for this game,” Thompson said. “Two back-to-back losses. We were in a slump. We had a good practice yesterday . . . and came prepared and ready to fight.”

The Rams never trailed in the contest and survived a 17-point quarter by Hudson Falls’ Benjamin Swartz in the third, hitting for five 3-pointers and all of the Tigers’ points in the third. Amsterdam led 46-40 after the third quarter.

Thompson scored outside and inside — and when his shots didn’t fall, his efforts consistently paid off with trips to the foul line. He converted 11 of 12 free throws.

“If you practice them a lot, it’s not really that hard,” Thompson said. “When it’s a close game like this one, you just have to take that deep breath before you let it go.”

Amsterdam coach Tim Jones expected another big game from Thompson and his squad against Hudson Falls.

“The energy was there. The focus, the eyes — you could just see it in the locker room that they were ready to go,” Jones said.

The Rams led 34-23 at the half and, after surviving Swartz’s heroic efforts in the third quarter, outscored the Tigers 22-16 in the fourth, hitting four shots from the field and sinking 13 free throws.

JaSean Vann scored 14 points for the Rams. Tyrell Douglas had 10 points and Jhai Vellon added eight.

“The kids, I know full well, saw Amsterdam struggled against Gloversville and then dropped one against Schuylerville. I’m sure the idea was that this would not be what it was going to be,” Hudson Falls coach Eric Smith said. “You get off the bus, they punch you in the mouth.”

Peyton Smith had 15 points for the Tigers.

Hudson Falls dropped to 9-2 in league play and 10-3 overall. Amsterdam improved to 10-3 overall and in league play.


Hudson Falls 14  9 17 16 — 56

Amsterdam 19 15 12 22 — 68

Hudson Falls scoring: Swartz 6-2-20, Tyler 1-0-2, Williamson 2-0-4, Kwasniewski 3-0-6, Smith 6-2-15, Hardwick 3-0-9. Amsterdam scoring: Vann 4-6-14, Douglas 5-0-10, Thompson 7-11-28, Vellon 3-2-8, Dueno 0-3-3, Pleasant 1-1-3, Bartone 1-0-2. Scoring totals: Hudson Falls 21-4-56. Amsterdam 21-23-68.


In a Foothills Council game played Thursday, the Amsterdam girls’ basketball team won 44-43 against Hudson Falls in comeback fashion. 

Amsterdam outscored Hudson Falls 12-2 in the final period. Sydney Hoefs scored nine of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Also for Amsterdam, Sierra Goodson had nine points and Brianna Francisco scored seven.

Seneca Williamson led Hudson Falls with 19 points.

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