School hoop: Scotia regional champ
The Scotia-Glenville boys’ basketball finally got over the state regional hump Saturday night with a 72-44 win over Bishop Ludden at Hudson Valley Community College.
Senior Alex Sausville scored a career-high 28 points, junior Joe Cremo netted 15, and the Tartans (23-0) shut down the state’s No. 5-ranked team with a solid performance in their 3-2 zone.
“We played them a couple of times in the summer,” said Cremo. “We thought we could compete with them, but to win by 28? We didn’t expect that.”
Bishop Ludden (Section III, 20-3) beat Scotia-Glenville (23-0) in last year’s regional final, 58-53, after the Tartans had knocked off Massena, 89-46.
“We got back that night at 1:30 in the morning. Without exaggeration, 14 hours later they were back in he gym,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei. “They were talking about getting back. We knew Bishop Ludden would be back.
“It was a heavyweight fight we prepared a year for.”
Scotia-Glenville delivered a quick knockout, using a 13-1 run to pull away from an 8-8 tie. The Tartans led after the first quarter, 24-11, and at the half, 42-26. Sausville scored 17 of those 42 points, missing only two shots from the field.
“In the first half we came out with a chip on our shoulder. We wanted to make it back to this stage and play them,” said Scotia-Glenville junior Scott Stopera. “We wanted to prove ourselves.”
“With a team as good as them, you’ve got to jump on them,” said Sausville. “We hit shots and kept going.”
Scotia-Glenville had made it to the regionals in 2009 and 2012 and lost to Jamesville-DeWitt both times. Scotia-Glenville beat Peru Wednesday, 70-41, to set up its rematch with Bishop Ludden. Ludden beat Massena Wednesday, 71-50.
“We thought it could happen,” said Stopera. “I can’t even count the hours we put in to get back to this level.”
Mike Palleschi had 10 points and nine rebounds for Scotia-Glenville, which is ranked No. 1 in the state. Dom LeMorta and Stopera scored seven and six points, respectively.
“We’re going to enjoy this win to the fullest, and we’ll get back to work on Monday,” said Giammattei.
Glens Falls was the last Section II Class A team to reach the state final four back in 2007, and Averill Park made it the year before that. Scotia-Glenville will meet John Glenn Saturday morning in a semifinal at 10:45 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
John Glenn (18-6) secured the Long Island championship Saturday with a 68-58 victory over Valley Stream South.
In other boys’ regional finals Saturday at HVCC, first-time state tournament participant Green Tech (Class AA) beat Utica Proctor, 53-43, and Hoosic Valley (Class C) beat Seton Catholic, 67-47.