In the end, a powerful odd couple gave Scotia-Glenville the edge over Gloversville’s hot hand from the outside.
Jim Janson, a 6-foot-10 junior center, dominated inside with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots, scoring four points in overtime to give the Tartans a wild 60-58 victory over Foothills Council rival Gloversville Tuesday night.
Scotia had to overcome Matt Baldwin, a junior guard who scored 28 points with five three-pointers, and sent the contest into OT with a game-tying three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining. Baldwin kept the Dragons in the game in the first half when he scored eight of his team’s 10 points in the first 16 minutes.
Jeff Stopera, the speedy
5-foot-6 half of the Tartans’ odd couple, scored 15 points and had seven assists. The senior point guard knew exactly where his teammates were each time Scotia attacked the basket. His no-look pass to Janson for an easy bucket with 90 seconds remaining in regulation gave Scotia a 50-44 edge, and that seemed like it would be enough to stave off Gloversville’s late rally.
“He’s a great passer,” Janson said. “It really opens up the floor. You always have to look out for the passes, because he’ll find you.”
But Baldwin hit two foul shots, Christopher LeFever put back a missed three-pointer from Jeremy VanAlstyne and Baldwin swished his big trey to force overtime.
Scotia hit only one of four foul shots across that stretch.
“He got going and hit his shots, and that’s what we didn’t want,” Stopera said.
Scotia controlled the extra session from the opening tip, with Stopera faking a pass and slashing in for a layup for a 53-51 lead. Baldwin hit a leaner over the taller Janson to tie it, but Scotia never surrendered the lead after Weston Shapiro drove into the lane for a floater for a 55-53 edge with 2:33 to go.
“I really wanted to come out strong,” Stopera said. “I wanted to get us going, and I felt like that slowed them down and took away a lot of their confidence to score right away like that.”
Baldwin’s three-pointer with two seconds remaining made it interesting at 60-58, but Gloversville ran out of time before they could foul on Scotia’s ensuing inbound pass.
“Certainly, they wear you down with their size,” Gloversville coach Don Landrio said. “That was a factor. We’re trying to come back and up-tempo the game, but they got the ball in overtime inside, and that certainly hurt us.”
“I thought Jim was tremendous,” Scotia coach Jim Giammattei said. “He posted up well. He called for the ball, and when he got it, he went up strong, and if he missed it, he was right there to clean it up. He looked like a big man tonight, didn’t he?”
Scotia (12-4 overall) remains in first place in improving to 8-2 in the Foothills, one game ahead of second-place Queensbury. Brian Cremo added six assists for the Tartans.
Gloversville dropped to 5-5 in the Foothills, 7-9 overall. Ryan McCloskey added 10 rebounds for the Dragons.
It was a first quarter to forget for Gloversville, which scored only three points on Baldwin’s three-pointer 1:42 into the game. The Tartans rode a combined 13 points from Janson and Stopera to take a 24-10 halftime lead.
In the second half, Gloversville chipped away, but couldn’t get any closer than seven points until the final 2:12 of regulation.
Twice, with Gloversville starting to gain momentum in the third quarter, Janson threw down emphatic dunks for the Tartans, including a one-handed slam on a fast break that gave Scotia a
32-21 lead with 1:35 to go in the third quarter.
But Baldwin hit a three-pointer from the left wing with 2:12 to go in the fourth to bring the Dragons to within 47-41. From there, the Dragons closed regulation outscoring Scotia 10-4 to force overtime.
“Baldwin is a great player,” Giammattei said. “He’s a great scorer. You saw what he could do in the second half. But what we were able to do is hold him at bay in the first half, and I thought that was the game. That was the difference. If he gets off like that in the first half, and those guys [Pete Lindsay and Nick Alescio] did a great job of keeping him at bay. . . . If he has a first half like the second half, you’re in deep weeds.”
“Our kids have a lot of character and play hard, and they put themselves in with a chance, but it just wasn’t enough,” Landrio said. “But I don’t fault their intensity or their effort. We just got beat by a team that was a good team.”
Cremo 1-2-4, Ferrari 3-0-6, Janson 12-3-27, Lindsay 0-2-2, Stopera 4-4-15. Alescio 1-0-2, Shapiro 2-0-4. Totals: 23-11-60.
LeFever 1-2-4, Wells 3-0-6, R. McCloskey 3-2-8, Baldwin 9-5-28, Mathias 0-0-0, Hall 4-0-9, VanAlstyne 1-0-3. Totals: 21-9-58
Scotia 10 14 13 14 9 — 60
Gloversville 3 7 18 23 7 — 58
Three-point goals: Stopera 3, Baldwin 5, Hall, VanAlstyne.