GLOVERSVILLE — Somebody stop him.
Joseph Girard III is on a two-game scoring, winning and apex performance stretch unlike anything in his five-year varsity career.
On Friday, he set the Section II single-game scoring record in a bruising road win at Schuylerville, when he scored 69 points. The only way to follow that up in his mind was to have his team become the first in league history to win four straight Foothills League Council championships.
Girard and the Indians did that, too.
In a completely cut-throat environment at Gloversville, where every Girard motion was usually ridiculed, Glens Falls (17-0) beat Gloversville 94-84 on Monday, and JG3 controlled every aspect of the game.
Without ever showing a sign of fatigue, Girard buried a routine 56 points on 17 of 30 shooting with nine 3-pointers. From start to finish, it was the Mr. Basketball hopeful’s most calculated performance to date.
“This one and the last one at Schuylerville I feel,” Girard said of his recent momentum. “When you get down towards the end of the season and the end of games, you pretty much have to wrap your mind around this is going to be the last time you step on the floor with this group of guys.
“This will (eventually) be the last time I wear an Indians jersey for basketball and I’m not trying to let it end in a worse way,” he added. “So I am trying to win each and every game that I can … And that had to start tonight with the Foothills championship.”
In the fourth quarter, during every got-to-have-it moment, Girard delivered buckets. Despite 39 points from Gloversville guard Dante Bouchard, 21 of which came in the second half, Girard got the last laugh.
Whether it was a driving layup over multiple defenders with two minutes to play, putting Glens Falls up six, or a step-back 3-pointer from the right-wing on the very next possession, Girard had a response to every Bouchard rallying attempt.
After trailing by only four points at halftime, there was a lot of near Gloversville comebacks in the second half.
Largely because Bouchard is a skilled guard with a deep stroke and control around the rim, who fed off his home crowds electric energy.
But the state’s all-time leading scorer just has it, and he refused to share a league title with anyone except his teammates.
And those Glens Falls supporting cast members earned every bit of their title. Role players tend to disappear on the road, but Girard’s teammates stepped up in what should have been an intimidating environment.
David Barclay was never scared as he stepped up with 14 points, including several clutch triples. Trent Girard added nine points, all from deep.
“Credit to our schedule making,” Girard said. “We went down to Florida and had some pretty hostile environments there. And then a few others like Amsterdam at the Civic Center and going to Queensbury. So we had a pretty good schedule with that stuff and I think that is why we were not fazed.”
Glens Falls as an opportunity to finish its regular season undefeated with a win against South Glens Falls on Tuesday as the Indians are hosting senior night, weather permitting.
After that, Girard looks to the playoffs in hopes of writing one final storybook chapter to what has already been a historic journey.
“It is time to step it up and make smart decisions outside of school, getting to bed early and stuff like that,” Girard III said, “to make this playoff run special.”