ST. JOHNSVILLE 59, DOLGEVILLE 54
The St. Johnsville Saints shook of Dolgeville’s fast start Saturday and defeated the Blue Devils 59-54 in the final game of the round robin Coach Cutspec Tournament.
St. Johnsville (7-5) had already beaten Middleburgh at the tournament which was disrupted by weather the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s and earned the championship on its home floor.
“Winning this tournament was very special to the coaching staff because this is the last time the St. Johnsville Saints will play in the Coach Cutspec Tournament,” St. Johnsville coach Jason Brundage said. “Coach (Bill) Cutspec meant a lot to us, given all the years he coached and taught here.”
St. Johnsville played the tournament with its merged program that includes two varsity players from Oppenheim-Ephratah. With the districts set for a full merger in 2013-14, a rebranded squad will be hosting the annual holiday event.
Dolgeville (0-13) entered Saturday’s game without a win but threw a scare into the Saints who have now won seven of nine games after an 0-3 start. The Blue Devils quickly put the game’s first five points on the board and led 14-5 2 1/2 minutes into the contest.
The first quarter ended with Dolgeville leading 20-19 behind 10 points from Bryce Dineen. The game stayed close the rest of the way with Dolgeville leading by three points at halftime and the teams tied at 43 entering the fourth quarter.
Dylan Klock gave St. Johnsville a 47-45 lead with 5:49 left to play and Ricky Jasewicz followed with a three-pointer for a five-point lead.
The Blue Devils would tie the game one last time with two minutes left to play. Shane Jaquay had a putback and a free throw on one possession then put back another rebound on the Blue Devils next possession to even the score at 52.
Johnny Vicciarelli drove into the lane and scored to put the Saints ahead for good with 1:46 on the clock. Following a Dolgeville turnover, Vicciarelli delivered a three-point shot to match St. Johnsville’s biggest lead to that point. Brandon Campione was then fouled on a rebound and made both shots of a one-and-one to put St. Johnsville up 59-52 with 9.7 seconds on the clock.
A layup by Jaquay completed the scoring.
Vicciarelli led St. Johnsville with 17 points, eight assists and two steals and earned a spot on the tournament’s all-star team along with Klock who scored 10 points. Alex Hart scored 15 points and took home the tournament’s most valuable player award. Jasewicz scored eight points and Campione had a team-high six rebounds.
Jaquay led Dolgeville with 16 points. Dineen scored all 13 of his points before halftime and was picked for the all-star team.
ST. JOHNSVILLE SAINTS 59, DOLGEVILLE BLUE DEVILS 54
Page 2 of 2 - DOLGEVILLE (0-13) — Andrew Drumm 3 0-0 7; Alex Johnson 3 1-2 8; Bryce Dineen 5 0-1 13; J.J. Dineen 2 0-0 4; Brandon Lewandowski 3 0-0 6; Shane Jaquay 7 2-3 16. Totals: 23 3-6 54.
ST. JOHNSVILLE (7-5) — Johnny Vicciarelli 7 0-2 17; Dylan Klock 3 3-3 10; Alex Hart 7 1-1 15; Brandon Campione 0 3-4 3; Ricky Jasewicz 3 1-1 8; Kyle Smith 2 1-5 6. Totals: 22 9-16 59.
Dolgeville 20 14 9 11 — 54
St. Johnsville 19 12 12 16 — 59
Three-pointers — Dolgeville 5 (B.Dineen 3, Drumm 1, A.Johnson 1); St. Johnsville 6 (Vicciarelli 3, Jasewicz 1, Klock 1, Smith 1).