Amsterdam boys’ basketball races to Class A quarterfinal win over Scotia-Glenville

Amsterdam's JJ Pleasant, left, blocks out Scotia-Glenville's Ben Kline during the Section II Class A quarterfinal at Hudson Valley Community College Sunday in Troy.
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Amsterdam's JJ Pleasant, left, blocks out Scotia-Glenville's Ben Kline during the Section II Class A quarterfinal at Hudson Valley Community College Sunday in Troy.

TROY — Amsterdam knew what to expect from Scotia-Glenville at the outset of the second half Sunday in a Section II Class A quarterfinal basketball game, and the Tartans delivered in the form of six straight points.

“We watched film, and the first four minutes of the second half is when they’ve played their best basketball all year,” Amsterdam junior Ceasar Thompson said. “We went on a run and that gave us confidence. That got us rolling.”

Amsterdam scored 11 unanswered points in the third period to erase a lead Scotia-Glenville had just built, and Thompson sank a 3-point basket and put down a big slam later on to help clinch a 76-61 win at Hudson Valley Community College.

Thompson finished with a career-high 34 points, and Vic Dueno nailed a pair of 3-point hoops in that 11-0 spurt after the Tartans had used their 6-0 run to start the second half and go up 36-34.

“He took the game over. That kid wanted that game,” Scotia-Glenville coach Mark Sausville said of Thompson, who topped his previous career high by three points. “He came to play on the big stage.”

Thompson had plenty of support, with the entire cast from the No. 4-seeded Rams (16-5) contributing in what was the rubber match between the Foothills Council foes.

“We beat them by 18 the last time we played. We got off to a hot start and contained them really well,” Scotia-Glenville senior Griffin Fraterrigo said. “Our defense was a lot better in that one.”

Jhai Vellon had 13 points and five assists for Amsterdam, JaShean Vann collected nine points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Dueno and JJ Pleasant both added eight points.

“When we play well, we’re balanced,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said.

The Rams played well in more stretches than the No. 5-seeded Tartans (16-6), including the third quarter when Dueno delivered those clutch 3s, Pleasant scored on a putback and Thompson dropped in a jumper and a free throw as their team went up 45-36.

“We were switching on defense and getting out in transition,” Thompson said, before adding. “When we went into the locker room [at halftime] we had to get our minds right. We didn’t want to lose.”

Scotia-Glenville clawed within 49-47 late in the third on a 3-pointer by Fraterrigo. Vann closed the quarter with a layup, and to begin the fourth, Vellon hit a 3 and Thompson followed with a layup.

“Scotia is 100 percent heart. You’ve got to have heart,” Fraterrigo said after scoring 21 points to lead the Tartans. “We didn’t give up. We fought to the end. You saw that.”

Scotia-Glenville was down 34-26 late in the first half when Ben Kline scored on a floater and Andrew Wilson popped a jumper to begin what would be a 10-0 run spanning the halves.

“Scotia did a lot of good things,” Jones said. 

Defense, Sausville said, wasn’t among them.

“We gave up 70 points. You’re not going to win a game when you do that,” Sausville said. “For the most part we didn’t do a good job of protecting gaps, and our rebounding wasn’t good enough.”

“We were a step slow to some loose balls,” Fraterrigo said.

Aaron Corker had 17 points and seven rebounds for Scotia-Glenville, and Carson Vien scored 10 points. Kline, who was often defended by Thompson, managed six points after leading the Tartans several times this season.

“I thought our defense was a little sharper in the second half,” Jones said.

Thompson scored 10 points in each of the first two quarters and 11 in the fourth, with his 3 making it 69-56 with 2:10 left.

“When he [Thompson] is playing well with energy, he’s up there with the top players in Section II,” Jones said.

GLOVERSVILLE UPSETS TROY

Amsterdam will make its first Section II final four appearance since 2018 when it meets up with Gloversville  in a Thursday semifinal at 8 p.m. at Cool Insuring Arena. Gloversville went 32-for-34 from the line as part of its 76-72 upset victory over top-seeded Troy.

Gloversville scored the last eight points of the fourth quarter to pull even, and after both teams managed seven points in the first OT, the No. 8-seeded  Dragons outscored the Flying Horses 13-9 in the next.

That second OT included a 10-for-10 free throw performance, and a big 3 by Anthony Gray that nudged Gloversville ahead for good at 68-67.

“I’ve been in it for 32 years and I’ve never seen foul shooting like that,” Gloversville coach Ed Collar said.

The coach’s son, James Collar, poured in 33 points to anchor the Gloversville offense, and that effort included a 16-for-16 line showing. Gio Glionna went 9-for-10 from the line and had 19 points as well as 11 rebounds for Gloversville. The senior made all four of his foul shots in the second OT.

“It’s something coach harps on every day,” Glionna said of the free throws. “We came up really big in this game.”

Dan Covington scored 28 points for Troy, and Chase Peterson had 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Troy and Gloversville last met on the Section II tournament trail in the 2019 Class A final that the Flying Horses won 69-55.

MEKEEL ADVANCES TO FINAL FOUR

Joe Roddy had 15 points and eight rebounds, Zahki Fallen scored 14 points, and Mekeel Christian Academy limited Lansingburgh to 12 points in the middle quarters of a 60-34 Class A quarterfinal win.

Mekeel totaled 16 assists on its 25 baskets and picked up 16 steals in earning its sixth straight Section II final four berth. It’s last final four appearance in 2020 ended with a 74-67 title-game win over Lansingburgh just before the season was halted due to COVID-19. Mekeel had Sunday’s rematch game in firm control  after two quarters.

“There were a number of things I liked,” Mekeel coach Chad Bowman said after his No. 3-seeded Lions improved to 14-5. “We had good ball and player movement, and that’s a real challenge for the other team when that’s happening. We also defended and rebounded well. The kids were focused.”

Roddy scored 13 points in the first half when Mekeel opened up a 35-18 lead. Ryan DeJesus had 13 points for the i, and Will Radliff had 10 points and 12 rebounds. James Oliver scored 10 points for No. 6 Lansingburgh.

Mekeel and Foothills Council champ Hudson Falls will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the first Class A semifinal after the No. 2 Tigers defeated the No. 7 Warriors 66-36.

Hudson Falls broke away from a 14-12 first-quarter lead with runs of 14-4 and 26-9 over the next two. Ben Swartz sank seven 3s on 11 attempts and topped the Tigers with 27 points, and Jayden Hardwick amassed 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Dan Coiteax scored 14 points for Averill Park.

“We know there’s going to be a great team waiting for us,” Bowman said.

AMSTERDAM 76, SCOTIA-GLENVILLE 61

Scotia-Glenville 14 16 17 14 — 61

Amsterdam 14 20 17 25 — 76 

Scotia-Glenville scoring: Fraterrigo 9-1-21, Corker 7-3-17, Kline 3-0-6, Vien 3-2-10, Wilson 2-2-7. Amsterdam scoring: Vann 4-1-9, Thompson 13-4-34, Vellon 5-2-13, Dueno 2-2-8, Pleasant 4-0-8, Bartone 2-0-4. Team totals: Scotia-Glenville 24-8-61, Amsterdam 30-9-76.

GLOVERSVILLE 76, TROY 72 (2OT)

Gloversville 9 14 17 16 713 — 76

Troy 4 18 20 14 7 9 — 72

Gloversville scoring: Collar 8-16-33, Glionna 4-9-19, Perez 4-2-10, Insonia 2-0-4, Dorman 1-2-4, Gray 1-3-6. Troy scoring: Covington 10-4-28, Green 4-1-9, Pwwterson 6-0-12, Foust 2-0-6, Clark 5-3-13, Riggins 1-0-2, Eason 1-0-2. Team totals: Gloversville 20-32-76, Troy 29-8-72.

MEKEEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 60,

LANSINGBURGH 34

Lansingburgh 12 6 6 10 — 34

Mekeel 19 16 15 10 — 60

Lansingburgh scoring: Been 2-0-4, McIntyre 1-2-4, Rodriguez 3-0-8, Hardt 1-0-2, Green 1-2-5, Oliver 5-1-11. Mekeel scoring: Skeeter 2-0-5, Radliff 5-0-10, Niedzielski 1-0-2, Fallen 5-3-14, DeJesus 6-0-13, Roddy 6-0-15, Jahnel 0-1-1. Team totals: Lansingburgh 13-5-34, Mekeel 25-4-60. 

HUDSON FALLS 66, AVERILL PARK 36

Averill Park 12 4 9 11 — 36

Hudson Falls 14 14 26 12 — 66

Averill Park scoring: Nardacci 3-0-7, Mazzeo 2-0-4, Coiteux 5-0-14, Carbone 2-0-4, McCue 2-0-4, McCart 1-0-3. Hudson Falls scoring: Swartz 8-4-27, Smith 1-0-2, Tyler 3-0-8, Wlliamson 2-0-5, Kwasniewski 2-004, Hardwick 7-6-20. Team totals: Averill Park 15-0-36, Hudson Falls 23-10-66.

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