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Amsterdam basketball holds off Broadalbin-Perth

Amsterdam basketball holds off Broadalbin-Perth

Newcomer Douglas sinks game-winning basket
Amsterdam basketball holds off Broadalbin-Perth
Peyton Ausfeld led Amsterdam with 13 points Friday night in a 50-49 win over Broadalbin-Perth.
Photographer: Erica Miller

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam's Tyrell Douglas was kicking himself a bit after missing two free throws in the final seconds of Friday night's Foothills Council basketball game with Broadalbin-Perth.

"Coach always says keep our composure and keep fighting," Douglas said. "Every time we huddled, he reminded us of that."

Amsterdam did those things for a few more ticks after Douglas' misfortune with 13.2 seconds to go, and held off the Patriots 50-49 in a game that got crazy at the end.

"We got the stop we needed, and we got the dub," Douglas said.

Amsterdam is 3-0 since Douglas, a 5-foot-9 sophomore guard, got pulled up from the school's junior varsity team. He came off the bench Friday and made what proved to be the game-winning basket with 1:39 left, a 3-pointer that nudged the Rams ahead 50-48.

"That's why he got brought up," Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said of the lone 10th-grader on his varsity team, who scored all eight of his points in the second half. "He can shoot the ball."

"The kid [Douglas] showed some guts," Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. "That's a big addition for them."

Douglas' 3-pointer was the last field goal in a game that saw both the Rams (7-4, 7-6) and the Patriots (6-5, 7-6) dig in defensively down the stretch while fouls mounted on both sides. The last point was the result of a Jackson Sassanella free throw that pulled B-P within 50-49 with 1:15 to play.

"There must have been five turnovers after Tyrell made that basket," Jones said.

That last of those came with 9.7 seconds to go when Amsterdam lost the ball out of bounds, just after Douglas went 0-for-2 from the line and the Rams maintained possession after a scramble.

On Broadalbin-Perth's last trip down, Jadon Wert missed a baseline jumper, and Cameron Polikowski's rebound and putback attempt was altered just enough when Caydren Graveley got a piece of the ball.

"Graveley got a piece," Jones said. "He made a play."

Dante Calderone made a bunch of them for Broadalbin-Perth, with the team's only senior scoring a game-high 21 points, all of them coming after the first quarter. His three-point play in the third quarter had given B-P its first lead at 36-35.

"He is a special player. He is a true blue-collar player," Jones said. "He just wore that jersey so proud. You saw that spirit in him."

"He's put us on his back a lot," Gifford said. "If he misses, he gets his own. He draws charges. He's a workhorse. If you can't follow his lead, you've got issues."

Polikowski gave B-P its last lead at 48-47 on a layup that Calderone assisted, and Douglas created the game's eighth and final lead change soon after.

"The three felt good," Douglas said. "That put us up."

There were  five ties over the final 10:30 of the contest to go along with the multiple second-half lead changes.

"We knew with Amsterdam, it was going to be a battle," Gifford said. "We lost in overtime to them the first time. Tonight, it was one point. We made plays. We missed a last shot."

"Broadalbin-Perth, they fight," Douglas said. "They work hard. On loose balls, they're on the ground."

Amsterdam got after it, too.

"It wasn't our best Xs and Os and execution game," Jones said. "I feel that our energy and rebounding came up big tonight."

Graveley led Amsterdam with 10 rebounds, and Peyton Ausfeld and Yandeel Vazquez topped its scoring ledger with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Broadalbin-Perth mounted a fourth-quarter rally to pull even in the first matchup between the teams on Dec. 23 before the Rams prevailed in overtime 60-56.

"We battle every game," Gifford said.

Broadalbin-Perth 7 15 14 13 — 49

Amsterdam 13 14 10 13 — 50

Broadalbn-Perth scoring: A. DiCaterino 1-0-2, Magliocca 1-0-3, M. DiCaterino 3-0-9, Sassanella 1-2-4, Wert 1-6-8, Polikowski 1-0-2, Calderone 8-5-21. Amsterdam scoring: Colon 1-0-3, Graveley 1-0-2, Ausfeld 2-8-13, Vazquez 4-2-10, Perez 4-0-9, Ziskin 1-0-3, Douglas 3-1-8, Shatas 1-0-2. Scoring totals: Broadalbin-Perth 16-13-49, Amsterdam 17-11-50.

Reach Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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