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Basketball: Defense has been Tartans' strength

Friday, December 21, 2012
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Scotia-Glenville has started strong before in its recent string of successful basketball seasons, but nothing came close to this.

The Tartans have won all five of their games, scoring over 80 points twice and over 70 in each of their three Foothills Council outings. Every game has been decided by 30 points or more.

“I think the key thing is they put in the time. To them, this isn’t a complete shock. They work hard,” Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei said of his team that has climbed to No. 12 in the state Class A rankings. “This is a small reward for their work, but the job is not even partially finished.”

The early streak has Scotia-Glenville tied for first in the Foothills Council with South Glens Falls, tonight’s homecourt opponent. A win will serve as an important stepping stone toward the league crown that slipped away last season before the Tartans surged in the playoffs, beating Mohonasen in an overtime semifinal and then Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to capture their second Section II Class A championship in four years.

Six players are back from that team, including returning starters Joe Cremo and Andrew Tabbert, and Alex Sausville, whose effort as the sixth man helped Scotia-Glenville forge 17 victories.

“Our goal is to win the Foothills championship and the Class A championship. First and foremost is the league title,” said Giammattei. “That’s very important to us. We’re going to fight for it. We’re not going to shy away. We’re going to run to the fight.”

At Scotia-Glenville, the battle always begins with defense.

“It’s not like we’re going to change drastically every year. We’re not going to become a run-and-gun team,” said Giammattei. “When guys come in, they know this is our philosophy. They’ve been around the program long enough, and they know we have to defend. We play defense, and go from there.”

The Tartans have performed well at that end, only once surrendering over 50 points in their active 3-2 zone that morphs with an opponent’s offensive moves. Their plan is to trap, cut off passing lanes, create turnovers, contest shots and rebound those that miss the mark.

“Our defense is our offense,” said Giammattei. “We get our transition with defense. Our objective is one shot or no shot, and once we get it going the other way, we try to share the basketball. We try to get everyone involved.”

Nine Tartans scored in Tuesday’s 76-37 league win over Broadalbin-Perth, led by Cremo with 20 points, Tabbert with 16, Sausville with 11 and Dom LaMorta with nine. La­Morta, 6-foot-4 Mike Palleschi and emerging sophomore point guard Scott Stopera are among a new cast of six players.

“Guys are starting to settle into their roles,” said Giammattei. “We have guys who are scoring. Guys who are setting guys up. Guys who are rebounding. And everyone is playing defense.”

Giammattei said his group will need to be sharp at the defensive end against a South Glens Falls (3-0, 4-1) team that beat defending Foothills champ Glens Falls Tuesday, 55-52.

“They’re where they are because of their great balance. They don’t have one leading scorer. They don’t have one guy they have to rely on,” said Giammattei. “They do a good job of distributing the scoring load. They had a good mix of threes and inside play against Glens Falls.”

Travis Ramsey scored 16 points, Rick Buser and Luke VanDixhorn both netted 13 and 6-5 center Josh Hay added 10 against Glens Falls. Hay sank a 10-foot turnaround jumper with 19 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 55-52 lead.

South Glens Falls beat Hudson Falls (52-46) and Johnstown (68-58) in its first two league games.

Scotia-Glenville also owns wins over Johnstown (75-40) and Hudson Falls (52-46).

“That’s a phenomenal start for them, and to win at Glens Falls, they have to be ecstatic right now,” said Giammattei. “They have the potential to be tough.”

Big 10 showdown

Big 10 leader Christian Brothers Academy (6-0, 6-0) travels to Troy (4-1, 4-1) tonight for a rematch of last season’s Section II Class AA championship game.

The Brothers prevailed in that contest, 62-57 in overtime, to claim their fourth straight title after the teams had earlier split a pair of two-point league games.

“That’s another tough place to play,” CBA coach Dave Doemel said after Tuesday’s 47-46 win at Schenectady. “They’re an opponent that knows us pretty well. We’re going to have to be prepared for another tough game.”

CBA edged Schenectady on Nick Marini’s steal of an inbound pass and layup in the final seconds. Schenectady had erased a 12-point, second-half deficit before Marini’s clutch play.

“We knew Schenectady was going to play until the end and give it their all. They’re a great team, and this is definitely a big win,” said Marini, who topped CBA with 13 points. “It gives us a lot of confidence heading into the Troy game.”

Troy also won at Schenectady (3-2, 3-2) in its last outing, 52-39, last Friday, when 6-9 Siena-bound Javion Ogunyemi scored 25 points. The Flying Horses, the defending Big 10 champs, have won three in a row since a 67-65 overtime loss at LaSalle.

Schenectady will look to rebound tonight at Bishop Gibbons (0-6, 0-6).

Dutchmen prevail

Freshman Andrew Platek scored 10 points in a 26-7 first-quarter run, and Guilderland held off Niskayuna, 62-55, in a Suburban Council game Thursday.

Platek, Vin Simeone and Brian Crupi had 12 points apiece for the Dutchmen (3-2, 4-3), with Crupi netting seven in the opening quarter, and Simeone scoring seven in the last period.

Niskayuna (0-4, 0-5) went on a 30-15 mid-game run to close within 41-37. Brandon Fine paced the Silver Warriors with 16 points, Aaron Gordon put in 11, and Brent Oliver and Liam Byrne both had 10.

Connor Brown scored 19 points, and Schoharie went to 2-0 (4-1 overall) in the Western Athletic Conference Southern Division with a 46-40 triumph over Middleburgh.

Brandon Richardson led the Knights (1-1, 1-2) with 12 points, Ryan Becktoll scored 11, and Adam McMullen chipped in with 10.

Troy Anderson hit six threes and totaled 29 points, and Josh Orton scored 17 to lift Waterford-Halfmoon (3-2, 4-5) past Berlin, 66-44, in the Central Hudson Valley League.

Colin Oswald scored 18 points for his sixth double-digit performance, Greg Scott had 15 points, and Greenwich (4-2, 6-2) overcame an early deficit to beat Stillwater, 62-44, in the Wasaren League.

John Hoin scored 14 and Shawn McNeil had 13 for the Warriors (2-2, 2-3).

Talya Williams scored 16 points, and Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons beat Schenectady, 37-19, in a Big 10 girls’ game pitting two of Section II’s youngest varsity teams.

Paris Jarrell added 10 points for the Golden Knights, who notched their first win. Jazze Lewis scored seven points for Schenectady, Camille Nowak had six steals, and Alexus Durham grabbed six rebounds.

Shannon Mackesey scored 12 points, Elizabeth Eckhardt had 11, and Guilderland (3-2, 3-2) dom­inated the middle quarters in a 45-34 Suburban Council win at Niskayuna.

Jordyn Davidson topped Niskayuna (1-3, 1-3) with seven points.

Jaela Milford collected a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds, and Cassidy Allen had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Loudonville Christian (2-2, 4-2) defeated New Leb­anon, 43-39, in the CHVL.

Glens Falls (2-1, 4-1) took charge early in a 51-34 Foothills Council win over Broadalbin-Perth, using a 19-5 run to set the tone.

Skylar Girard and Tori Agnew led the Indians with 17 and 13 points, respectively. Kaitlin Wood scored 15 for the Lady Patriots (0-3, 2-3), and Katie Herba had 13.

BOYS

SUBURBAN COUNCIL

GUILDERLAND 62, NISKAYUNA 55

NISKAYUNA

Andrews 3-0-6, Oliver 5-0-10, Gordon 5-0-11, Sise 1-0-2, Fine 6-3-16, Byrne 4-2-10. Totals: 24-5-55.

GUILDERLAND

Buchanan 3-1-8, Burg 1-0-2, Crupi 5-1-12, DuMoulin 3-1-7, Floyd 1-0-2, Platek 5-0-12, R. Simeone 1-4-7, V. Simeone 5-2-12. Totals: 24-9-62.

Niskayuna  7 15 15 18 — 55

Guilderland 26  8  7 21 — 62

Three-point goals: Gordon, Fine, Buch­anan, Crupi, Platek 2, R. Simeone.

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

SCHOHARIE 46, MIDDLEBURGH 40

MIDDLEBURGH

Becktoll 4-0-11, Campbell 1-0-3, Hilland 1-0-2, McMullin 5-0-10, Richards 4-0-12, Rigley 0-2-2. Totals: 15-2-40.

SCHOHARIE

Keyser 1-0-3, Brown 9-1-19, Hausmann 1-0-3, O’Neil 1-3-5, Ottman 3-2-9, Sackett 2-2-7. Totals: 17-8-46.

Middleburgh  5 13  6 16 — 40

Schoharie 14  7 12 13 — 46

Three-point goals: Becktoll 3, Campbell, Richards 4, Keyser, Hausmann, Ottman, Sackett.

WASAREN LEAGUE

GREENWICH 62, STILLWATER 44

GREENWICH

Barnes 3-4-10, Carruthers 3-1-7, Oswald 7-1-18, Scott 5-5-15, Stewart 2-0-6, Winch 2-0-6. Totals: 22-11-62.

STILLWATER

Baldwin 2-3-8, Gazelli 1-0-3, Hoin 5-2-14, MacMurray 1-0-2, McCumber 2-0-4, McNeil 5-3-13. Totals: 16-8-44.

Greenwich  9 13 21 19 — 62

Stillwater 13 13  5 13 — 44

Three-point goals: Oswald 3, Stewart 2, Winch 2, Baldwin, Gazelli, Hoin 2.

CENTRAL HUDSON VALLEY LEAGUE

WATERFORD-HALFMOON 66, BERLIN 44

BERLIN

Hover 1-6-8, Curtis 1-4-6, Seel 2-2-6, O’Brien 1-6-8, Depadis 5-3-16. Totals: 10-21-44.

WATERFORD-HALFMOON

Anderson 11-1-29, Orton 7-1-17, Jones 2-0-4, Gardner 4-0-8, Duffney 0-1-1, McCrea 1-0-2, Brisson 2-0-5. Totals: 27-3-66.

Berlin  6 20  8 10 — 44

W-H 21 11 13 21 — 66

Three-point goals: Depadis 3, Anderson 6, Orton 2, Brisson.

GIRLS

BIG 10

NOTRE DAME-BISHOP GIBBONS 37, SCHENECTADY 19

BISHOP GIBBONS

Williams 4-8-16, Mattice 0-1-1, Riley 0-1-1, Delvecchio 0-3-3, Jarrell 3-4-10, Sorrentino 1-2-4, Garcia 1-0-2. Totals: 9-19-37.

SCHENECTADY

DeFruscio 1-0-2, Durham 1-0-2, Frazier 0-1-1, Laven 1-0-2, Lewis 3-0-7, Nowak 0-3-3, Rodriguez 1-0-2. Totals: 7-4-19.

Bishop Gibbons 8 12 11 6 — 37

Schenectady 3  7  9 0 — 19

Three-point goals: Lewis.

SUBURBAN COUNCIL

GUILDERLAND 54, NISKAYUNA 34

GUILDERLAND

Kaczkowski 2-1-5, Mackesey 3-5-12, Baumann 1-0-2, Eckhardt 5-1-11, Corbett 2-0-4, Edwards 2-0-4, Sischo 2-3-7. Totals: 17-10-45.

NISKAYUNA

Green 1-0-2, Selin 1-0-2, O’Brien 2-2-6, Benton 3-0-6, Davidson 2-3-7, Quinn 1-1-3, Perrin 1-0-2, Bodner 3-0-6. Totals: 14-6-34.

Guilderland  9 12 11 12 — 45

Niskayuna 16  4  4 10 — 34

Three-point goals: Mackesey.

FOOTHILLS COUNCIL

GLENS FALLS 51, BROADALBIN-PERTH 34

BROADALBIN-PERTH

Dickson 1-0-2, Herba 6-0-13, Magliocca 0-1-1, Orapello 1-0-3, Wood 5-1-15. Totals: 13-2-34.

GLENS FALLS

Agnew 6-1-13, Girard 6-3-17, Harvey 2-0-4, Mason 2-2-7, Stamatel 4-0-8, Vanderheyden 1-0-2. Totals: 21-6-51.

B-P  5  7  7 15 — 34

Glens Falls 19 10 14  8 — 51

Three-point goals: Herba, Oparello, Wood 4, Girard 2, Mason.

CENTRAL HUDSON VALLEY LEAGUE

LOUDONVILLE CHRISTIAN 43, NEW LEBANON 39

NEW LEBANON

Houston 3-1-7, Moffat 2-0-4, Breem 3-2-8, Smith 3-0-6, Miller 1-0-2, Trombley 5-0-10, Tynon 1-0-2. Totals: 18-3-39.

LOUDONVILLE CHRISTIAN

A. Allen 2-0-4, C. Allen 5-5-15, Emery 2-0-6, Milford 5-4-16, Rock 1-0-2. Totals: 15-9-43.

New Lebanon 7 6 16 10 — 39

LC 6 9  9 19 — 43

Three-point goals: Emery 2, Milford 2.

 
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