AMSTERDAM -- Julien Deumaga redeemed himself in a big way after missing a free throw with no time left in Friday night's Foothills Council basketball game with Gloversville and Amsterdam.
The Dragons' junior made his next foul shot to force overtime, nailed a 3-pointer to start the extra session, and surging Gloversville never looked back in an 85-79 win on the Running Rams' court.
"After missing the first one my thought was, 'I want to get my team into overtime,'" Deumaga said. "I have confidence in my teammates, and I knew if we could get to overtime, we could win."
Gloversville (6-3, 8-3) has been doing that a lot lately with its small, young and awfully gritty lineup.
"We started 0-2 with a loss to these guys [Amsterdam] and Glens Falls," Gloversville coach Aric Kucel said. "We're 8-1 since. We figured out who we are after those two losses."
A scrappy defensive team with a liking for the 3-point hoop, Gloversville showed both of those traits in the extra session which Deumaga began with his longball on the Dragons' initial possession to break a 69-69 tie. After Amsterdam's Lou Fedullo got two back from the line, Gloversville strung together eight points which included another 3 by Dante Bouchard and a successful drive by the sophomore guard.
Bouchard delivered seven of his 32 points in the overtime, and Deumaga scored half of his 16 in the OT.
"As long as guys step up and make shots and we play tough defense, we're good," Deumaga said. "That's what we have to do."
Gloversville let a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead (67-57) get away before recovering.
"We're young with three sophomore starters, and we're small, too," Kucel said. "The big thing they have is heart, and they showed it tonight."
Amsterdam (6-2, 7-3) held a 69-68 lead in the closing seconds when Bouchard missed on a drive and a scramble ensued for the rebound. Deumaga was fouled after he grabbed the ball, and went to the line.
"Julien has hit big shots all year for us," Kucel said. "After he missed the first I was certain he was going to make the second. I have all the confidence in the world in that kid."
Both teams got strong performances from their big men, with 6-foot-4 sophomore Joey Rowback collecting 29 points for Gloversville and 6-6 senior Lou Fedullo netting 29 for Amsterdam. Fedullo's putback basket gave Amsterdam its 69-68 lead with 62 seconds left.
"Amsterdam is a great team," Deumaga said. "They had a couple of guys step up, too."
The physical game saw three players from each team foul out.
Bouchard 9-9-32, Brown 2-0-5, Deumaga 3-8-16, Galster 1-1-3, Rowback 9-9-29. Totals: 24-27-85.
DeJesus 5-7-17, Brennan 5-2-13, Brown 3-0-8, Colon 3-1-8, Fedullo 12-5-29, Perez 2-0-4. Totals: 30-15-79.
Gloversville 14 16 23 16 16 - 85
Amsterdam 15 18 15 21 10 - 79
Three-point goals: Bouchard 5, Brown, Deumaga 2, Rowback 2, Brennan, Brown 2, Colon.