Boys' basketball: Unbeaten Tartans overwhelm Mighty Warriors
TROY Scotia-Glenville began its second season Sunday night in much the same manner that led to perfection in the first one.
The Tartans delivered an early knockout punch, and then delivered a series of jabs just for good measure in a 52-36 Section II Class A quarterfinal win over Mohonasen at Hudson Valley Community College.
“Coach told us from the start to take it to them,” said Tartans sophomore forward Joe Cremo, who collected 21 points, seven rebounds and five steals. “Impose our will on them.”
Scotia-Glenville did that in just about each of its 18 regular-season victories. Number 19 was all but secured after the tournament’s top-seed and defending champion rattled off 13 points to start, and had built a 25-4 lead through the first quarter.
Cremo scored 10 of his points in the opening thrust, Scott Stopera added all five of his afterward and Dom LeMorta’s three-pointer capped the first-quarter uprising.
“We really wanted to jump out and get them out of their game,” said Stopera, a 5-foot-5 sophomore guard whose stat line included five rebounds, three assists and three steals. “Everybody was working hard in practice, and we came in prepared. We wanted to move the ball, find open shooters and defend and get off to a good start.”
Adam Tabbert notched six of his 10 points in the second quarter as the lead grew to 37-11, and Cremo’s third-quarter drive pushed the Tartans’ advantage to 30, at 44-14.
“I’ve never seen a team get so many loose balls and second chances,” said Mohonasen coach Ken Dagostino. “You don’t play against their talent, and you don’t play against their athleticism. You play against their desire.
“It’s an intangible. In all the years we’ve played them, this year, they’re on desire overload.”
Scotia-Glenville displayed that want with its overwhelming defensive effort.
“We defended like crazy, and we were able to get out to a comfortable lead,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei. “We did a great job of communicating and closing out on their shooters. We wanted them to beat us in another way.”
“Our game plan was to not let them get open shots,” said Stopera. “They hit a bunch of threes in their last game [a 57-40 first-round win against Gloversville].”
Grant Massaroni scored Mohonasen’s first points on a layup with 3:31 left in the first quarter. Mohonasen (No. 9 seed, 5-15) didn’t reach double digits until Justin Kretzler’s two free throws made it 35-11 with 24.7 seconds left in the second quarter.
“We played a great second half,” Dagostino said. “Unfortunately, we had to play two halves.”
Alex Sausville had 11 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Tartans, with the junior swingman’s two layups part of a 7-3 spurt to begin the third quarter.
Mohonasen closed the quarter with a 15-4 run in which Donye Walker nailed a pair of threes and Chris Richardson scored six points down low.
“Richardson gave us a boost,” said Dagostino. “The younger guys saw an opportunity, and got after it.”
Giammattei wasn’t too pleased with the way his team, ranked No. 6 in the state, performed after its lead grew to 30.
“It’s about how we play,” he said. “In the second half, I don’t think we were sharp. You still have to come out and play the second half, play with fire.”
“Our energy was a little down, and we were a little selfish with the ball. That’s not our game,” said Cremo. “We can’t win a sectional championship like that.”
Massaroni picked up four fouls in the first half, and Mohonasen’s scoring leader saw his superb career end on a fifth infraction with 2:58 left in the game. The senior forward managed four points, while four of his teammates finished with six.
Scotia-Glenville needed overtime to beat Mohonasen in last year’s semifinal round, 62-61. Lansingburgh (No. 4, 12-7) will provide the semifinal competition Thursday night at 7:30 at the Glens Falls Civic Center after beating South Glens Falls (No. 5, 10-9) earlier Sunday, 51-43.
Darnell Sutton led the Knights with 18 points, matching Justin Ducey’s total for South Glens Falls. Lansingburgh had a 32-14 lead at the half, but the Bulldogs got back into the game by outscoring the Knights, 16-5, in the third quarter.
Charlie Peltz scored six of his season-high 32 points in the final 65 seconds as Queensbury (No. 7, 11-9) pulled away late for a 71-65 win over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.
Peltz’s tough rebound and putback broke a 63-63 tie, and the senior guard sank two free throws soon after a BH-BL missed three as part of a closing 8-2 spurt.
“When it really mattered most, we got it together and made plays,” said Queensbury coach Doug Fraser.
Burnt Hills (No. 2, 7-12) tied the game at 63-63 with six unanswered points, including two drives by Robbie Knightes.
“A lot of credit to Queensbury. They did what they had to do, but we showed what we’re made of,” said BH-BL coach Gary Bynon, whose team had beaten Queensbury by 14 earlier in the season. “We got to a point where we gave ourselves a chance. They answered back.”
Burnt Hills used an effective fullcourt press to turn a 37-28 halftime deficit into a 52-52 tie with a quarter to go. The Spartans forced 12 turnovers during the stretch, and Austin Nydegger delivered 12 of his 28 points.
“I like the way our kids came back,” said Bynon. “After we got back in it, maybe we needed to run a little more stuff or take a better shot here and there, but I’m so proud of these kids.”
Burnt Hills piled up eight steals in its third-quarter comeback. During one stretch, the Spartans scored 10 of their 12 points immediately after steals in building a 46-44 advantage.
“I haven’t seen an active press like that all year long,” said Fraser. “Their energy was something. They were so active, but we were able to weather the storm.”
Peltz scored 18 first-half points, with six in a 10-0 run bridging the first and second quarters and four more in a 9-2 closing spurt, and also took down 12 rebounds. Knightes scored 25 points to go with five steals.
Queensbury and Glens Falls (No. 3, 13-6) will tangle for a third time in a Thursday night semifinal at 6 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Glens Falls beat Averill Park
(No. 6, 8-12), 61-48, to earn a chance at a season sweep of Queensbury, its Foothills Council rival.
Lee Girard (17) and Cam Girard (16) combined for 33 points for the Indians. Lee Girard hit five threes, including a trio in the fourth quarter. Dan Van Roy led Averill Park with 13.
SCOTIA-GLENVILLE 52, MOHONASEN 36
Kretzler 1-4-6, Massaroni 2-0-4, Wicks 2-1-6, Flood 1-0-3, Walker 2-0-6, Fusco 1-0-2, Richardson 3-0-6, Aldershoff 1-0-3. Totals: 13-5-36.
Stopera 1-3-5, Tabbert 4-2-10, Sausville 5-0-11, Cremo 6-8-21, LeMorta 2-0-5. Totals: 18-13-52.
Mohonasen 4 7 18 7 — 36
Scotia-Glenville 25 12 11 4 — 52
Three-point goals: Wicks, Flood, Walker 2, Aldershoff, Sausville, Cremo, LeMorta.
BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE 65
Kelly 4-2-13, Moses 2-0-6, Peltz 10-12-32, Voorhis 1-0-2, Homkey 4-0-8, Troelstra 0-3-3, Daley 0-0-0, Marasco 2-1-5, O’Leary 1-0-2. Totals 24-18-71.
BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE
Wellington 1-0-3, Knightes 10-4-25, Batty 2-0-4, Nydegger 13-1-28, Dillon 2-1-5. Totals 28-6-65.
Queensbury 19 18 15 19 — 71
BH-BL 17 11 24 13 — 65
Three-point goals: Kelly 3, Moses 2, Wellington 1, Knightes 1, Nydegger 1.
GLENS FALLS 61, AVERILL PARK 48
LaBounty 1-0-2, Fahrenkopf 1-0-2, Pugliese 1-0-3, Van Roy 5-3-13, Joyce 4-1-11, Ziegler 1-2-4, Yetto 1-0-2, Sears 4-1-11.
LaNoir 5-2-12, L. Girard 5-2-17, C. Girard 4-4-16, Wooley 0-1-1, Green 6-0-15. Totals: 20-9-61.
Averill Park 0 14 15 10 — 48
Glens Falls 10 16 17 18 — 61
Three-point goals: Pugliese, Joyce 2, Sears 2, L. Girard 5, C. Girard 4, Green 3.
LANSINGBURGH 51, SOUTH GLENS FALLS 43
SOUTH GLENS FALLS
Fish 0-1-1, Buser 5-0-13, Ramsey 1-0-3, Hay 1-4-6, Ducey 9-0-18, Van Dixhorn 1-0-2. Totals: 17-5-43.
Sutton 6-3-18, Kennedy 1-0-2, Car 4-0-9, Miller 5-1-11, Barnette 2-3-7, Burke 2-0-4. Totals: 20-7-51.
South Glens Falls 14 4 16 9 — 43
Lansingburgh 11 15 5 14 — 51
Three-point goals: Buser 3, Ramsey, Sutton 3, Carr.