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Basketball: Foothills rivals Scotia-Glenville, Gloversville thrive on threes; Mechanicville rolls (with photo gallery)

Basketball: Foothills rivals Scotia-Glenville, Gloversville thrive on threes; Mechanicville rolls (with photo gallery)

The last time the Tartans squared off against the Dragons, treys were flying from both sides of the
Basketball: Foothills rivals Scotia-Glenville, Gloversville thrive on threes; Mechanicville rolls (with photo gallery)
Mechanicville&rsquo;s Jordan McBride (13) shoots against Hawthorne Valley Waldorf&rsquo;s Christian Peterson (24) during a basketball game in Mechanicville on Monday, January 30, 2012.
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The last time the Tartans squared off against the Dragons, treys were flying from both sides of the court.

It’s a good bet that long-range area beyond the arc will be worn out once again when Scotia-Glenville hosts Gloversville in a key Foothills Council matchup tonight.

In the first meeting, Gloversville (7-2 Foothills Council, 8-5 overall) prevailed, 59-54. The Dragons poured in 11 three-pointers, with Cody Jacobson connecting for seven and Jake McCloskey netting four. Jacobson ended up with 23 points, while McCloskey contributed 20.

But the Tartans (6-3, 10-3) also like the three-point shot. In fact, they converted seven in the first matchup and have made 85 on the season, compared to 81 for Gloversville.

“If the opportunity presents itself, both teams will take them again,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei. “I don’t think either team will shy away from taking that shot, if it’s available.”

But Giammattei is more concerned about how his team has evolved, especially considering that two of his key players are underclassmen.

“For us, it’s been a maturation process,” he said. “Having a freshman in Joe Cremo and a sophomore in Alex Sausville, plus a junior in Andrew Tabbert, who didn’t play last year because of a broken leg, it’s taken a while for all of those guys to grow around our seniors. It’s a process of continuing to know their roles. That’s the key for us this season.”

Chris Zanta, a 6-foot-2 senior, paces the Tartans in scoring at 12.0 ppg, while the 5-11 Sausville is next at 10.2 ppg. The 6-2 Cremo is third on the team in scoring at 9.2 ppg, while the 6-foot Tabbert is next at 8.5 ppg.

“These guys are getting further along. There’s been equal improvement on both offense and defense with everyone,” he said. “This is the first time that our freshman and sophomore is playing with the seniors, and it’s a whole different story than what they were used to.”

Giammattei expects the Dragons to be quite a challenge once again.

“The Scotia-Gloversville game is such a rivalry,” he said. “It’s the same thing that you always expect. It’s going to be a battle. When you look at their roster, you know that you must shoot the ball well in order to win. They shot the ball very well the last time we played, and that’s why they won.”

“The threes are important to both teams. They like to shoot them, and so do we,” said Gloversville coach Mark LeFever. “Our guards received some good screens from our bigs, and we knocked down quite a few threes the last time. I think you’ll definitely see a lot of threes attempted, but what happens inside will determine the outcome of the game,” he said.

Gloversville is spearheaded by an experienced quartet of seniors, led by the 5-6 McCloskey, who is averaging 14.2 ppg and has 34 three-pointers. The 5-8 Jabobson is next at 11.9 ppg with 36 three-pointers, while Lucas Beekman, also 5-8, produces 6.2 ppg.

The Dragons’ other top players include 6-2 senior Cody Webber (6.0 ppg) and 6-2 sophomore Hunter Goodwin (5.4 ppg). Matt Curtis, a 6-6 post player, is also coming on strong of late.

“Our team is predicated on defense. A lot of our games have been low-scoring,” said LeFever. “We’ll have to defend well and contest their shots. We must make it difficult for them to score and hope to get some baskets ourselves in transition for us to win,” he said.

Mekeel wins

Collin Stewart scored 31 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, blocked three shots and registered three assists to power unbeaten Mekeel Christian Academy (12-0, 13-0) to a 65-49 Western Athletic Conference victory over Berne-Knox-Westerlo Monday.

Garrett Pitcher and Mike Gamble scored 15 apiece for the Bulldogs.

Brett Ullman’s 29 points propelled Sharon Springs over Duanesburg, 72-56.

Adam Fiacco scored 20 points for 5-9 Duanesburg.

Jordan McBride scored the first 15 points of the game for the Red Raiders on four three-pointers and a three-point play, and he finished with 29 points over three periods to lift Mechanicville to a 73-56 non-league victory over Hawthorne Valley.

Christian Pederson scored 28 points and went over the 1,000-point mark for his career to lead Hawthorne Valley.

Evan Schettini’s 12 points carried Doane Stuart past Darrow, 50-19, in another non-league game.

Darrow was held scoreless in the final period.

In a Foothills Council girls’ game, Stacy Loucks pumped in 14 points, and Lexi Swatt added 11 in Johns­town’s 48-26 win over Broadalbin-Perth.

Shannon Morrill connected for 19 points, and Emily Forcier contributed 15 more as Hudson Falls nipped Glens Falls, 50-49.

Meresa Mason (13) and Imani Mack (11) topped the Indians.

In a Central Hudson Valley League game, Berlin used a 14-2 fourth-quarter spurt to rally past Hawthorne Valley, 25-21.

BOYS

NON-LEAGUE

DOANE STUART 50, DARROW 19

DARROW

Thai 0-1-1, Yu 2-3-7, Wang 1-1-3, Awolowe 2-0-4, Sun 2-0-4. Totals: 7-5-19.

DOANE STUART

Ganz 2-0-4, Schettini 5-2-12, Speights 2-2-6, Haltermann 2-0-4, Hodgkinson 3-0-7, Hammond 2-0-4, Won 2-0-4, Stone 1-0-2, Demiroglu 1-0-3, Davis 1-0-2, Schewe 1-0-2. Totals: 22-4-50.

Darrow  8  5  6  0 — 19

Doane Stuart 12 12 16 10 — 50

Three-point goals: Hodgkinson, Dem­iroglu.

MECHANICVILLE 73, HAWTHORNE VALLEY 56

HAWTHORNE VALLEY

Pederson 11-2-28, Olehof 2-3-7, Glatt 7-1-17, Light 1-2-4. Totals: 21-8-56.

MECHANICVILLE

J. McBride 10-4-29, DeCelle 1-0-2, N. Hatalsky 1-1-3, A. Dunn 2-0-5, R. McBride 1-0-2, S. Dunn 1-0-2, Cannizzo 6-1-5, Stangle 1-0-2, Cervini 3-0-6, Cimino 2-3-7. Totals: 28-9-73.

Hawthorne Valley 11 20  8 17 — 56

Mechanicville 19 20 23 11 — 73

Three-point goals: J. McBride 5, A. Dunn, Cannizzo 2.

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

SHARON SPRINGS 72, DUANESBURG 56

SHARON SPRINGS

Menko 6-0-15, Ullman 11-5-29, Shield 4-6-14, Larkin 1-1-3, Johnstone 3-4-11. Totals: 25-16-72.

DUANESBURG

McGarry 2-1-6, Barry 3-2-8, Thomas 4-0-9, Fiacco 9-0-20, McHugh 1-0-2, Madison 5-0-11. Totals: 24-3-56.

Sharon Springs 11 22 24 15 — 72

Duanesburg 19 15  9 13 — 56

Three-point goals: Menko 3, Ullman 2, Johnstone, McGarryu, Thomas, Fiacco 2, Madison.

MEKEEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 65, BERNE-KNOX-WESTERLO 49

BERNE-KNOX

Signond 1-0-2, Pitcher 5-5-15, Gibbs 1-0-2, Krinsky 2-0-4, Farnham 1-0-2, Wilson 2-1-6, Laurie 1-2-4, Gamble 5-4-15. Totals: 17-15-49.

MEKEEL ACADEMY

Penson 2-2-7, Miller 3-0-6, Wager 1-1-4, Bath 2-0-6, Ca. Stewart 3-3-11, Co. Stewart 10-10-31. Totals: 21-16-65.

B-K-W  9 10 18 12 — 49

Mekeel 17 22 10 16 — 65

Three-point goals: Wilson, Gamble, Penson, Bath 2, Ca. Stewart 2, Co. Stewart.

GIRLS

FOOTHILLS COUNCIL

JOHNSTOWN 48, BROADALBIN-PERTH 26

JOHNSTOWN

Barnhholt 0-2-2, Loucks 4-5-14, Cirillo 1-0-2, Hlozansky 3-2-9, Swatt 4-1-11, Henson 1-0-2, Curtis 0-1-1, Achzet 3-0-6. Totals: 16-11-48.

BROADALBIN

Ottati 2-0-4, Gifford 1-0-3, Platt 0-2-2, Hills 1-1-3, Herba 2-0-4, Wood 0-7-7. Totals: 6-10-26.

Johnstown 8 18 14  8 — 48

Broadalbin 4  3  6 11 — 26

Three-point goals: Loucks 2, Hlozansky, Swatt 2, Gifford.

HUDSON FALLS 50, GLENS FALLS 49

HUDSON FALLS

Batchelder 1-0-2, Forcier 6-1-15, Girard 2-0-4, McKinny 1-0-2, Morrill 8-3-19, Sheloski 3-2-8. Totals: 21-6-50.

GLENS FALLS

Girard 3-1-7, Haraughy 3-3-9, Mack 4-3-11, Mason 4-3-13, Sullivan 3-0-9. Totals: 17-10-49.

Hudson Falls 14  8 15 13 — 50

Glens Falls  6 16  8 19 — 49

Three-point goals; Forcier 2, Mason 2, Sullivan 3.

CHVL

BERLIN 25, HAWTHORNE VALLEY 21

HAWTHORNE VALLEY

Geilen 4-0-9-, O’Learey 1-0-2, Otten 1-0-2, Pegatter 3-0-8. Totals: 9-0-21.

BERLIN

Bently 3-0-6, Bly 2-3-7, Gordon 1-1-3, Hindes 1-0-2, Shumway 2-2-7. Totals: 9-6-25.

Hawthorne Valley 8 9 2  2 — 21

Berlin 5 4 2 14 — 25

Three-point goals: Geilen, Pegatter 2, Shumway.

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