Former Gloversville coach Don Landrio and state boys’ basketball chairman Bill Higgins are headed to the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame.
The tandem will be among 11 Hall of Fame inductees March 20 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The ceremony will coincide with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association basketball championships.
Landrio coached varsity boys’ basketball at Canajoharie for three seasons and at Gloversville for 23 after that, with his teams putting together a 410-169 record. His Gloversville teams captured outright or shared nine Foothills Council championships, and won Section II and state regional Class B titles in 1988 and 1989. Five of his Gloversville teams also finished second in Section II, including his last edition that put together a 20-3 record in 2008-09.
Landrio also earned a pair of Tri-Valley league titles with Canajoharie, and led his 1985-86 team to the Section II Class C final.
Higgins has served in numerous administratives capacities in his career. His extensive resume also includes coaching stops at several schools, including Whitehall and Fonda-Fultonville.
Both Landrio and Higgins are already members of the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame.
Higgins will be inducted into the state hall of fame in the contributor category, while Landrio will join Section II coaching greats such as the late Jack Dunlap, his longtime friendly rival from Johnstown, Jim Zullo, George Mardigan, Joe Loudis, Paul Lyons and Mike Lilac.
Class AA Christian Brothers Academy and Class B Schenectady Christian both moved up one spot, while Scotia-Glenville appears for the first time among the Class A top-25 on the latest New York State Sportswriters Association rankings for boys’ basketball.
CBA (11-0) is No. 5, Schenectady Christian (12-0) checks in at No. 4 and Scotia-Glenville (10-1), which has won seven straight games, is No. 18. Among Section II’s other ranked boys teams are Shenendehowa (AA, No. 22, 9-1), Fort Plain (C, No. 13, 11-1) and Sharon Springs (D, No. 6, 9-1).
State girls’ rankings include Shenendehowa (AA, No. 4, 9-0), Shaker (AA, No. 10, 10-1), Scotia-Glenville (A, No. 7, 11-0), Holy Names (A, No. 13, 11-1), Mohonasen (A, No. 16, 7-4) and Canajoharie (C, No. 18, 8-0).
The Schenectady boys’ basketball team scored more than half of its points from the free-throw line in last week’s 75-67 non-league win over Albany Academy, going 40-for-54, which included a 23-for-32 effort in the final quarter.
That late performance from the line helped the Patriots pull away. They led, 42-39, after three quarters.
“Over the final two and a half minutes, they fouled us on almost every possession,” said Schenectady coach Eric Loudis. “They played ‘hack-a-Shaq’ at the end. They were trying to prolong the game.”
Shariff Frasier made 11 of 12 free throws in the final quarter for Schenectady, and finished 12-for-14 en route to 20 points. Jallah Tarver was 10-for-13 from the line and scored a season-best 18 points, while Kumar Araujo was 7-for-8, and John Allen was 5-for-8.
Albany Academy was 23-for-33 from the line. Jelani Currie was 9-for-12 and paced the Cadets with 19 points.
“There were a lot of free throws in the game,” said Loudis. “Off the top of my head, I cannot remember being involved in a game that had so many.”
In its two games leading up to the tilt with Academy, Schenectady was 7-for-8 from the line in the fourth quarter in a 41-37 win over Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, and 11-for-17 from the line in the final period in a 57-52 win over Albany.
“The last few weeks, we’ve been shooting a ton of free throws in practice,” said Loudis. “We weren’t so good in the beginning of the season. The guys are getting better.”
Greene is Red Zone nominee
Shenendehowa senior Bronson Greene, who moved to the top of the school’s all-time rushing list this past football season, is an Old Spice Red Zone Player of the Year award nominee.
Fifty varsity athletes from across the nation will be selected for awards based on performance, leadership, courage, determination, endurance and tenacity.
Greene rushed for a Shenendehowa record 3,518 yards in three seasons, averaging 7.1 yards and scoring 51 touchdowns during that span. As a senior, he produced 1,268 rushing yards, ran for 17 touchdowns and caught passes for three more. He also averaged 35.2 yards per punt and excelled in the defensive secondary for the Section II Class AA finalists.
Greene was selected the Empire Division Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, and shared the division’s overall player of the year award as a senior with Chris Ohnsman of Ballston Spa. Greene was twice named to the Daily Gazette All-Area first-team offense.