The theme for Scotia-Glenville’s final home game of the season was “takin’ care of business.”
Behind 6-foot-10 Jim Janson and a lockdown defensive performance, the Tartans did just that Saturday in a 68-31 Foothills Council victory over longtime rival Glens Falls.
“We couldn’t afford a letdown here,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei. “The guys are all well aware of our situation. We couldn’t afford a slip-up.”
Janson scored a season-high 26 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and anchored an effective 3-2 zone defense with nine blocked shots as the Tartans maintained their share of first place in the league with Gloversville with two games remaining.
Scotia-Glenville (10-2, 16-2) has contests remaining at Broadalbin-Perth and South Glens Falls, while Gloversville (10-2, 16-2) finishes up at Johnstown and home against Queensbury.
“We needed to get through this tonight. We had a few slip-ups near the end of the first half, and in the second half we really took care of business,” said the Le Moyne College-bound Janson. “Tonight was a mixture of things. We wanted to take care of business, and being senior night, our last time on this court, we wanted to put in a good showing.”
Janson came up one point shy of his career high despite Glens Falls’ physical play down low, scoring 12 first-quarter points, and the first six in a 13-3 third-quarter run which put the Indians away. His first of nine field goals was a monster one-handed slam, and the senior center went 8-for-11 from the line en route to his 13th straight double-digit scoring effort.
“He was great, and he showed a tremendous amount of composure,” Giammattei said. “He’s like a quarterback in the pocket ready to take a hit.”
Scotia-Glenville never trailed after Joe Ferrari nailed a three-point basket on its first possession. Andy Bissonette followed with a successful drive and Janson put down his slam for a 7-0 advantage, and Janson capped the opening quarter with two free throws, making it 19-10.
“We made a conscious effort to get Jim the ball in the first quarter,” Giammattei said. “We got it inside so much that Glens Falls put four guys in the paint in the second quarter.”
Janson still managed to produce 14 more points, including two free thows, a putback basket and a layup to kick-start his team’s 13-3 third-quarter run. The balanced run also included a putback by Ferrari, two foul shots by Bissonette, a layup by Tyler Ackley and Terell Winney’s foul shot to extend the lead to 45-21.
The only field goal for Glens Falls (1-11, 2-15) in the third quarter was a difficult hook shot by Keenan Round early on, and the Indians managed just two field goals in the final period.
“Our defense was good. Very active and very alert,” Giammattei said. “It helps to have a 6-10 guy watching the rim. It allows you to be a little more aggressive on the perimeter.”
Saturday’s game was the seventh in which Scotia-Glenville held an opponent under 40 points, and the second against Glens Falls. The Tartans pinned down Johnstown Wednesday, 69-32.
“We’ve held down several teams, but it’s tough to do, regardless of the team,” Janson said.
Ackley had three of Scotia-Glenville’s 11 steals, and at the other end, Bissonette scored nine points and Winney and Jon Kinum both finished with seven. Bisonette also had two steals and 11 rebounds in the Tartans’ fifth consecutive victory since a 62-59 loss to Broadalbin-Perth.
“I thought a lot of our offense was created with our defense,” said Giammattei. “We made things happen at the defensive end.”
Hanson 1-0-3, Rowell 1-0-3, Wadleigh 2-3-8, Round 4-1-9, Hutchinson 0-2-2, Spilman 2-0-5, White 1-0-2. Totals: 11-6-31.
Winney 2-2-7, Ackley 1-0-2, Davenport 1-0-2, Shapiro 2-1-5, Alescio 2-0-5, Bissonette 3-2-9, Ferrari 2-0-5, Janson 9-8-26, Kinum 3-1-7. Totals: 25-14-68.
Glens Falls 10 8 3 10 — 31
Scotia-Glenville 19 13 13 23 — 68
Three-point goals: Hansen, Wadleigh, Spilman, Winney, Alecsio, Bissonette, Ferrari.