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Scotia defense and other basketball notes

While Scotia-Glenville’s offense wasn’t super sharp, its defense was in Wednesday night’s 70-41 state Class A regional basketball win over Peru at Saratoga High School.

The Tartans’ active 3-2 zone played a key part in Peru shooting 24.5 percent from the field (14-for-57), which included a 4-for-25 showing from three point range.

Peru turned the ball over 18 times, nine times via a Scotia-Glenville steal. Joe Cremo had three of those thefts and Mike Palleschi had two, while Palleschi also collected five of the Tartans’ six blocked shots.

Scotia-Glenville (22-0) has held 17 opponents to 50 points or less. In their most dominating defensive efforts, the Tartans shut down Hudson Falls (96-20), Johnstown (71-24) and South Glens Falls (83-29).

Dom LeMorta scored 19 points for the Tartans Wednesday with a pair of threes in a 15-0 run to begin the contest.

Scotia-Glenville will take on Bishop Ludden (Section III, 20-2) in a regional final Saturday at 6 at Hudson Valley Community College. Green Tech (16-5) will meet Utica Proctor (Section III, 18-3) in a Class AA regional final afterward. At 4:30 at HVCC, Hoosic Valley (19-3) and Seton Catholic (Section VII, 17-3) square off in a Class C regional title game.

Green Tech will be making its first state tournament appearance.


Following are the all-tournament teams from the Section II boys’ event.

Class AA: Jamil Hood Jr., MVP (Green Tech), Ramion Burt (Green Tech), Andrew Platek (Guilderland), Matt Cerutti (Guilderland), Jake Hicks (Shenendehowa), Jahlil Nails (Columbia). Hood Jr. scored 27 points on 10-for-20 shooting in Green Tech’s 65-56 title-game win over Guilderland. Platek netted 17.

Class A: Joe Cremo, MVP (Scotia-Glenville), Dom LeMorta (Scotia-Glenville), Dyaire Holt (Troy), Zach Radz (Troy), Kory Bergh (Amsterdam), Asa Barnhill (Gloversville). Cremo recorded a triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Scotia-Glenville’s 77-75 double-overtime win against Troy in the championship game. Holt scored 21 points with a three that brought on the first overtime.

Class B: Noah Crawford, MVP (Voorheesville), Logan Hotaling (Voorheesville), Andre Taylor (Broadalbin-Perth), Ryan Dingman (Broadalbin-Perth), Andrew Hoag (Hoosick Falls), Logan Polsinello (Mechanicville). Crawford had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists to help Voorheesville beat Broadalbin-Perth in the Class B final, 61-37. Taylor scored nine with seven boards.

Class C: Mike Pierre, MVP (Hoosic Valley), John Rooney (Hoosic Valley), Mike Naughton (Saratoga Catholic), Evan Pescetti (Saratoga Catholic), Joel Wincowski (Lake George), Justin Carruthers (Greenwich). Pierre and Rooney combined for 53 points Hoosic Valley’s 57-54 title-game win over Saratoga Catholic. Pierre netted 31, including two clinching free throws after Pescetti capped a fabulous Saints’ comeback on a putback that made it 55-54 with eight seconds left. Of note: Pierre and Rooney shot a combined 21-for-35 from the field, and the rest of the Indians were 1-for-9.

Class D: James Bristol, MVP (Argyle), Brock Liddle (Argyle), Tyler Fuchs (Germantown), Scott Scrodin (Germantown), Tad Jones (Hartford), Nick Sapienza (North Warren). Bristol delivered 15 points and blocked three shots to lift Argyle over Germantown, 54-49, in the small-school title tilt. Scrodin paced the Clippers with 17 points and 13 rebounds.


Jeff Holmes has stepped down as Shaker’s varsity boys basketball coach after leading the Blue Bison to 12 winning seasons, six Suburban Council division titles and the 1992 Section II Class A championship.

Shaker won 274 games in Holmes’ 24 seasons according to Gazette records, and prevailed 19 times when it claimed the ‘92 area flag with a 59-57 victory over Columbia. Shaker also reached the Section II Class A title game in 1994, and made it to the Class AA semifinals in 2012 and 2013.

Shaker went 13-7 this season, and Holmes’ son, Andrew, topped the Blue Bison in scoring (15.5 ppg.).


The Suburban Council-Big 10 Exceptional Senior basketball games will take place Tuesday (March 11) at Niskayuna High School. The girls will play 6, followed by the boys.

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