GLENS FALLS — Joseph Girard III’s final 3-point attempt of the season did not go in. He did not make the one before that either.
He did make one with 17.9 seconds remaining in the Class B semifinals of the Section II Boys Basketball Tournament on Monday night, burying a behind-the-back dribble to pull up 3-pointer, his 11th of the game, that brought the Glens Falls Indians within one point of Schalmont.
Needing a stop following Girard’s make, Schalmont threw a full-court pass to Jesse O’Dell, who got loose after pushing free of Girard.
O’Dell converted the easy layup with under 15 seconds to play. Down three, Girard missed a game-tying chance with defenders draped all over him.
When the Sabres secured the rebound, Girard, with his jersey in his mouth and disappointment on his face, did not even have to look up at the scoreboard. It was clear, the Indians were out of chances, and third-seeded Schalmont upset No. 2 seed Glens Falls 87-82 at Cool Insuring Arena.
Girard’s final 3-pointer also marked his 56th point of the game and was the last basket of Glens Falls’ season.
“We rely on him for a lot,” coach Rob Girard said. “Fifty-six (points) and when he misses a shot everyone looks like ‘Wow.’ but it happens.”
For most of the contest, Girard had his shot dropping. Glens Falls fell behind 15-3 in the game’s opening four mintues, but back-to-back Girard treys got the Indians within five. Then a driving Girard bucket gave Glens Falls its first lead, 26-25, halfway through the second quarter.
Girard finished with 11 free throw attempts, making all of them. Glens Falls shot 15 total free throws compared to 36 attempts by Schalmont. The Sabres made 27 of their foul shots.
At half, Glens Falls led 41-34, but foul trouble doomed the Indians in the second half.
Center Nick Danahy and forward David Barclay each picked up their fourth fouls in the third quarter and sat most of the second half. Without the 6-foot-5 Danahy, Girard was the Indians’ tallest player.
Schalmont exposed Glens Falls’ lack of size by feeding both Shane O’Dell, who finished with 39 points, and his brother Jesse O’Dell, the ball.
Danahy and Barclay returned late in the fourth quarter, only to foul out a few minutes later.
Glens Falls nearly completed a comeback when Trent Girard hit a 3-pointer with under a minute left followed by Joseph Girard’s pull-up trey with 18 seconds left. But the Sabres kept composure and pulled out the win.
The Indians finish their season with an overall record of 20-3. Girard scored 1,149 points this year, nailed 179 3-pointers and averaged 50 points per game. He has 3,306 for his career.
“When Nick, our biggest guy, who was doing a good job against the O’Dell kid, fouls out there is nothing we can do,” Joseph Girard III said. “We kind of put the game into the stripes’ hands and we can’t do that.”