Scotia-Glenville played a game of rip-and-run basketball Wednesday night, and made some program history in the process.
“Our best offense was the defensive rebound. Every rebound got us going,” coach Jim Giammattei said after the Tartans’ 89-46 Class A regional semifinal win over Massena at Saratoga Springs High School. “A big part of our game plan was to get rebounds and sprint the floor, and they were three steps behind all night.”
Scotia-Glenville (22-0) won its first state tournament game with ball denial and boards at one end, and a balanced scoring effort at the other.
Joe Cremo paced the state’s No. 5-ranked Class A team with 28 points, Andrew Tabbert was a force everywhere with 15 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds and Alex Sausville and Dom LeMorta both netted 14 points with a combined 11 rebounds.
The Tartans piled up 46 points by the half, while surrendering 19.
“When we dig in, when we set our mind to it, we can play with anyone,” said Tabbert, Scotia-Glenville’s only senior starter. “This game was about energy. Defense. Get out and run.”
Scotia-Glenville will take on Bishop Ludden (Section III, 19-2) Saturday night at 8 in a regional final at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Bishop Ludden won the state Class B championship last season, beating Watervliet, and owns a win over the Cannoneers this season. Albany Academy dealt Ludden one of its two defeats.
“We are by no means shying away from that opportunity. We can’t wait for that opportunity,” said Giammattei, whose teams last year and in 2009 lost to Section III’s Jamesville-DeWitt in regional play. “We’re not going to be intimidated. We’re going to give it everything we have.”
The Tartans gave a great accounting of themselves at the defensive end against a taller Massena (Section X, 11-10) team that started a front line of 6-foot-6 Xavier Viskovich, 6-5 Rhoades Tarbell and 6-4 Zach Rusaw. Rusaw led the Red Raiders with 12 points, all of them coming in the second half, and no Massena player had more than five rebounds.
“We knew they had the height advantage. The key was to get defensive rebounds and get out and run,” said Cremo, the Tartans’ tallest starter at 6-3. “We had to box out. I thought our guards [Tabbert, Sausville, Scott Stopera] did a great job of coming down and helping me and Dom. We tried to fight and battle all night.”
Scotia-Glenville not only had a 23-20 edge in defensive rebounds, but also a 15-7 advantage on the
offensive glass. Tabbert hauled down nine defensive boards, and six of Cremo’s seven rebounds were at the offensive end.
“Taking away their second chances, that was big,” said Tabbert. “When their guy hit that putback [early in the third quarter] and coach called time out, he said, ‘Don’t let that happen again. Stay with the game plan.’ ”
Rob Cameron sank a three before Rusaw scored on that putback to begin the third quarter, and Scotia-Glenville answered with a 16-4 run that included six points apiece from Cremo and Tabbert. The Tartans had put together a 13-0 run to end the second quarter, with Sausville netting six of those points.
Scotia-Glenville shot 63.5 percent (33-for-63) from the field, and got scoring from nine different players. It was the seventh game this season that the Tartans went over 80 points and second time in the playoffs. Cremo had seven of his team’s 20 assists, and shot 10-for-14 from the floor and 8-for-9 from the foul line in another strong performance by the sophomore.
“Our ball movement was so much better than the other night,” Giammattei said of Scotia-Glenville’s 53-45 win over Glens Falls in the Section II title game.
LeMorta sank all four of his threes in the first half. Sausville also had 12 first-half points, and Cremo totaled 13.
The Red Raider guards struggled to find their big teammates while working against Scotia-Glenville’s active zone defense.
“We did a great job of ball denial and getting into passing lanes,” said Giammattei. “They couldn’t get a point-blank look at their targets inside. We made them work for everything.”
In a Class C regional semifinal earlier at Saratoga, Joel Wincowski had 37 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Lake George (21-2) registered a 71-51 win over St. Lawrence (Section X, 10-12).
Connor McCoy scored 19 points for Lake George, which meets AuSable Valley (Section VII, 14-4) Saturday at 3:30 at SUNY-Plattsburgh. Zane Ramsdell had 20 points and eight rebounds for St. Lawrence.
Watervliet (15-8) beat Beekmantown (Section VII, 13-8), 53-37, in a boys’ Class B regional semifinal at SUNY-Plattsburgh.
The Cannoneers were led by Jordan Gleason with 19 points and Tyler McLeod with 16. They will play Ogdensburg Free Academy (Section X, 21-1) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at SUNY-Potsdam in the regional finals.
In a girls’ Class B regional semifinal, Watervliet beat Beekmantown, 54-26, with 21 points from Ailayia Demand and 19 from Mikayla DeGuire. The Cannoneers advance to the regional finals against Section X champ Salmon River on Saturday at SUNY-Potsdam at 1:45 p.m.
SCOTIA-GLENVILLE 89, MASSENA 46
Cameron 1-1-4, Lebelle 2-0-5, Deshane 0-1-1, Phillips 1-0-2, Haas 1-0-3, Rusaw 6-0-12, Z. Vickovich 2-0-4, X. Viskovich 4-2-10, Tarbell 2-0-5. Totals: 19-4-46.
Stopera 2-0-6, Tabbert 6-3-15, Lincoln 2-0-4, Sausville 6-2-14, Cremo 10-8-28, LeMorta 5-0-14, Carroll 1-0-2, Palleschi 1-2-4, Francois 0-2-2. Totals: 33-17-89.
Massena 11 8 20 7 — 46
Scotia-Glenville 23 23 27 16 — 89
Three-point goals: Cameron, Lebelle, Haas, Tarbell, Stopera 2, LeMorta 4.
WATERVLIET 53, BEEKMANTOWN 37
Gleason 8-2-19, McLeod 5-5-16, Ray 4-1-9, Bruce1-0-2, Gilmore 2-2-7. Totals: 20-10-53.
Begor 1-0-3, Koktowski 1-0-2, Manney 3-0-6, Rabideau 0-1-1, Ryan 8-3-19, Stevens 1-4-6. Totals: 14-8-37.
Watervliet 17 10 10 16 — 53
Beekmantown 14 10 9 4 — 37
Three-point goals: Gleason, McLeod, Gilmore, Begor.
LAKE GEORGE 71, ST. LAWRENCE 51
White 4-1-10, Meacham 1-0-2, Fuentes 1-0-3, Labarge 1-0-3, Savage 2-1-6, Ramsdell 7-5-20, Greer 3-0-7. Totals: 19-7-51.
J. Wincowski 13-10-37, Zibro 0-2-2, Zayachek 0-1-1, McCoy 7-3-19, Rosenthal 2-2-6, E. Wincowski 3-0-6. Totals: 25-18-71.
St. Lawrence 13 19 8 11 — 51
Lake George 14 17 20 20 — 71
Three-point goals: White, Fuentes, Labarge, Savage, Ransdell, Greeg, J. Wincowski, McCoy 2.
WATERVLIET 54, BEEKMANTOWN 26
Demand 7-6-21, Dockstader 0-1-1, Clickner 0-2-2, Shufelt 2-0-4, DeGuire 8-2-19, Szczepanski 2-1-5, Dugan 1-0-2. Totals: 20-12-54.
Ryan 4-1-9, Kelly 1-0-2, Barcomb 3-2-8, Anderson 1-2-4, Guynup 0-3-3. Totals: 9-8-26.
Watervliet 24 2 12 16 — 54
Beekmantown 4 11 4 5 — 26
Three-point goals: Demand, DeGuire.