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Queensbury at Glens Falls boys basketball

Glens Falls' David Barclay and Queensbury's Matthew Chase reach for the rebound during Tuesday night's Foothills Council boys basketball game in Glens Falls.

Jenn March, Special to The Post-Star

GLENS FALLS — It came with 3:31 left in the game: that moment when two unsung heroes performed as one.

On a fast break, David Barclay fed a bounce pass to Nick Danahy, who made the basket and was fouled. It accounted for Glens Falls’ 72nd point of the game Tuesday, but on a night when Joseph Girard III had a “quiet” 41 points — if such a thing exists — it was Barclay and Danahy’s work in the paint and beyond that helped the Indians to an 82-58 win over Queensbury.

The win improved to Glens Falls to 14-2 in the Foothills Council, still a game ahead of Amsterdam, and 16-2 overall. Queensbury fell to 12-4 and 13-5.

The 41 points was a season low for Girard, but on a night when Rutgers head coach Steve Pikiell was in attendance, the junior guard showed the range of his game — including how to deliver daggers.

Twice in the first half, Queensbury cut Glens Falls’ lead to one point, the last time at 23-22 on a bucket by Cam Bleibtrey, who led the Spartans with 22 points. Each time it did, however, Girard came down and hit a 3-pointer to establish Glens Falls’ command.

That was the closest Queensbury got, and part of the reason was that Barclay, a 6-foot sophomore forward, was holding the Spartans’ Jeff VanAnden in check and grabbing just about every rebound. VanAnden finished with six points, 13 below his average.

“David did a great job on VanAnden,” Glens Falls coach Rob Girard said. “Nick learned in the second half, he understood what he had to do to help David on defense. You saw him keep coming down (to) double on him. For me, that’s the thing. I don’t know how many points he had, but he was great defensively and on the boards.”

Danahy, a 6-4 sophomore center, finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and one assist, while Barclay had three points to go along with his game-high 13 rebounds. He also added two assists and a steal.

“Coach talks about our roles and what we have to do with Joe getting all the shots and being the player he is, so we know our role is to go to the hoop and get second-chance points,” Barclay said. “We both did that tonight.

Girard only made four 3-pointers, but was effective with his drive all night, showing the muscle that the 6-2 guard will need at the next level. He made 10 two-point baskets and sank all nine of his free-throw attempts.

For the Indians, Trent Girard added 16 points on 3-pointers and foul shots, while Patrick Conway scored 11 for Queensbury.

“If we can get Trent to make shots and get Nick to get 10, 12, 14 points, so that those games where Joe doesn’t shoot great, if those other guys can do that, we can win a lot of games,” Rob Girard said. “Tonight’s a special win. It’s Queensbury, first, but just the way they played as a team and a whole, that was awesome.”

GLENS FALLS 82, QUEENSBURY 58

Queensbury (12-4, 13-5)</&hspag4>

2P 3P FT TP

Patrick Conway 2 2 1 11

Jeff VanAnden 2 0 2 6

Darius Harris 0 0 0 0

Cam Bleibtrey 4 3 5 22

Matt Chase 3 0 2 8

Brandon Ladd 1 0 0 2

Bryce Bleibtrey 1 0 0 2

Shane Rutherford 0 0 2 2

Noah Edwards 0 0 0 0

Thomas Scotto-Lavino 1 0 3 5

Totals 14 5 15 58

Glens Falls (14-2, 16-2)

2P 3P FT TP

Justin Holness 1 1 0 5

Noah Balcom 1 0 0 2

David Barclay 0 0 3 3

Joseph Girard III 10 4 9 41

Trent Girard 0 4 4 16

Connor Girard 0 0 0 0

Rece McClements 0 0 0 0

Nick Danahy 4 0 5 13

Brendan Quirk 0 0 0 0

Quinn Girard 0 0 0 0

Jaquobe Bushey 1 0 0 2

Totals 17 9 21 82

Queensbury 10 15 21 12 — 58

Glens Falls 18 13 22 29 — 82

Other stats: Chase (Q) 9 rebounds. Barclay (GF) 13 rebounds. Danahy (GF) 10 rebounds.

JV: Queensbury won.

Follow Will Springstead on Twitter @WSpringsteadPSV.

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