Boys hoop: Sausvilles back to the final four
The Sausville’s are headed back to another state basketball final four, only this time Alex will be shooting and dribbling instead of watching from the Scotia-Glenville bench, and Mark will be encouraging and giving game tips instead of calling out sets.
“When we got home the other night I asked him what it’s like. He’s been there for a lot of games,” Alex said of his dad. “I don’t remember too much. I was six years old.”
That was back in 2001 when Alex served as a ball boy and good luck charm, and Mark was guiding Schenectady to the state public school Class A championship and a 28-1 record. He was an assistant under Gary DiNola in 1998 when the Patriots claimed their first New York flag and also put together a 28-1 record. For the past few years he’s filled the same role with fellow assistant Glen Stopera for the Scotia-Glenville team under Jim Giammattei’s direction.
“He’s taking me this time,” Mark said of Alex, who scored a career-high 28 points when the Tartans beat Bishop Ludden in the regional final. “That’s really the special part.”
Scotia-Glenville (23-0) and John Glenn (18-6) play Saturday morning at 10:45 in a Class A semifinal game at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Red Hook (17-5) and Rochester East (19-4) meet at 9. The winners play for the title Sunday at 1:30.
“It’s a special opportunity and a special accomplishment to get there,” said Mark. “It’s something these kids will never forget. They have to relish it.”
“One of the things he’s been telling us is to have fun,” said Alex. “As big as high school basketball is, it’s still a small part of your life.”
Mark competed only once at the Civic Center, as a Mont Pleasant senior in 1980, when the Red Raiders lost to Christian Brothers Academy in the sectional semifinals.
“Back then they’d put your name up on the scoreboard,” he recalled. “As a player, to hear your name, it was unbelievable.”