Boys hoop: Tartans dig in
Scotia-Glenville boys’ basketball coach Jim Giammattei had his team working extra hard at the defensive end in preparation for Saturday morning’s state Class A semifinal game with John Glenn.
Though John Glenn only went 2-2 in its last four games, the Knights put up some solid offensive numbers, and Giammattei took notice.
“They’re very balanced. They’ve got five guys who can score. They can all shoot and drive,” Giammattei said. “We’ve got to cover all five.”
John Glenn (Section XI, 18-6) is a guard-oriented team, with 6-foot-3 Darryl Daniels its tallest starter. He’ll be coupled with Jeff Park, KeAndre Augustine, Paul Wesnofske and Wayne White.
“They remind me a lot of how Scotia was last year,” said Giammattei. “They’re quick. They’ve got three guys averaging 15 points. They don’t have a starter taller than 6-3, and they have a 6-5 guy who will come off the bench.”
John Glenn put up 45 second-half points to get to the Glens Falls Civic Center, that output coming in a 68-58 win over Valley Stream South of Section VIII in the Long Island championship game(which serves as a regional final).
The Knights trailed at the half, 35-23, before surging for the win. Park scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half. Augustine, a dynamic 5-7 sophomore, finished with 25 points. Daniels added 10.
John Glenn’s season appeared to have ended when it lost to Amityville in the Suffolk County Class A title game in overtime, 74-73. It was later discovered that Amityville used an ineligible player, and the championship was awarded to John Glenn.
Before its regional game, John Glenn participated in the Suffolk County ABCD tournament. The Knights beat Southampton, 61-52, and then lost to Brentwood, 75-69.
“You’ve got to expect a hard game,” said Scotia-Glenville junior Mike Palleschi. “That’s what we’ve been preparing for.”
Rochester East (Section V, 19-4) and Red Hook (Section IX, 17-5) play in the first semifinal Saturday morning at 9. Sunday’s state final is at 1:30.
Scotia-Glenville (23-0) will be making its first final four appearance, and will enter as the No. 1-ranked team in New York. Red Hook is No. 9, John Glenn is No. 8, and Rochester East is No. 3 behind Albany Academy (14-4).
Albany Academy will play in the March 21-23 Federation Tournament of Champions at the Times Union Center. The Cadets will face the New York State Public High School Athletic Association winner in a semifinal game, and wouldn’t that be interesting if it happened to be Scotia-Glenville?