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Boys' Sectional Basketball: S-G tops Troy in two OTs

Boys' Sectional Basketball: S-G tops Troy in two OTs

Play defense and connect at the other end. The Scotia-Glenville basketball team had done it all seas
Boys' Sectional Basketball: S-G tops Troy in two OTs
Scotia-Glenville celebrates after defeating Troy for the Section II Class A final at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson

Play defense and connect at the other end.

The Scotia-Glenville basketball team had done it all season long, but never with a game on the line until Saturday night.

Joe Cremo blocked a scoring bid, and Scott Stopera followed with three foul shots with 5.3 seconds left to send the Tartans past Troy, 77-75, in a pulsating double-overtime Section II Class A final at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

“Before my first one, coach asked me, ‘Do you want a timeout to get a breather?’ ” Stopera said after the Tartans’ third straight title-game victory and fourth since 2009. “I told him, ‘No way. I want to make these right now.’ It was my turn to shine.”

Stopera was the last of the Tartans (No. 1 seed, 21-0) to do so.

Cremo had a triple-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists to go with his rejection against Justice Walston. Mike Palleschi, Alex Sausville and Dom LeMorta scored 12 points apiece, and reserve Schuyler Sayles made a three in each overtime after LeMorta fouled out.

“No one was going to go down easy in this game,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei, whose team came in with a No. 1 state ranking; Troy was No. 3. “In the locker room before the game it was, ‘If you want this, you’ve got to fight for it.’ We knew how it was going to be.”

Troy (No. 2 seed, 17-4) rallied from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and tied the game at 60-60 on a three by Dyaire Holt with 17 seconds left. Connor Nicoll’s two free throws with 18.4 seconds to go tied the game at 67-67 and brought on the second overtime.

“Our guys have a heart. That’s how we’ve been all year long,” said Troy coach Rich Hurley. “We come back. We don’t quit.”

Troy took a 75-72 lead in the second OT when Jack McLaren converted a three-point play, and Cremo answered with a layup. Troy’s ensuing possession ended when Cremo went high to reject Walston on a putback attempt.

“In the first overtime, I missed the front end of a one-and-one that could have won the game, and I could have taken a charge, but didn’t,” said Cremo, who won his second Class A MVP award. “I knew I had to make a big play.”

Moments later, Stopera was fouled by Zach Radz while hoisting a three from the left wing. His three free throws gave the junior guard nine points to go with five assists. Holt led Troy with 21 points and six assists.

“Scott has so much heart. I have so much confidence in the kid,” said Cremo. “I knew he was going to make them.”

Radz missed a runner after Stopera’s makes, and Walston’s tip-in attempt at the buzzer went hard off the glass.

Scotia-Glenville will see regional semifinal action Wednesday at Saratoga Springs High School.


Voorheesville (No. 1, 21-1) raced to a comfortable halftime lead with its size, perimeter shooting and one-and-done defense, and then added on in a 61-37 Class B title-game win over Broadalbin-Perth (No. 6, 16-6).

Ryan Hensel scored 13 of his 20 points in the first half, and MVP Noah Crawford had 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Mike Pierre and John Rooney combined for all but four of their team’s points, and Hoosic Valley (No. 1, 19-3) denied Saratoga Central Catholic (No. 3, 18-4) its first title since 1989 with a 57-54 Class C win.

Argyle (No. 1, 18-3) ended Germantown’s season for the third year in a row and claimed its third straight Class D championship with a 54-49 victory over the Clippers

(No. 2, 16-6).




Holt 8-2-21, Radz 4-7-17, Walston 2-0-4, Watson 5-1-11, Nicoll 5-2-12, McLaren 4-2-10. Totals: 29-14-75.


Stopera 2-4-9, Sayles 2-0-6, Palleschi 6-0-12, Sausville 5-0-12, Cremo 9-8-26, LeMorta 4-0-12. Totals: 28-11-77.

Troy 12  16  16  16  7      8 — 75

Scotia-Glenville 18  11  16  15  7  10 — 77

Three-point goals: Holt 3, Radz 2, Stopera, Sayles 2, Sausville 2, Le-

Morta 4.





Coveney 1-0-2, Van Brocklin 1-1-4, A. Taylor 3-3-9, P. Taylor 0-1-1, Hartz 2-0-5, Dingman 3-0-8, Newfrock 1-0-2, Natoli 1-4-6. Totals: 12-9-37.


Hensel 5-6-20, Hennessey 2-0-4, Parry 2-2-7, Crawford 4-2-10, Nolan 0-1-1, Hotaling 2-0-4, Meaux 1-0-2, Minnick 2-0-4, Vogel 4-1-9. Totals: 22-12-61.

Broadalbin-Perth 4 15  8 10 — 37

Voorheesville 13 21 11 16 — 61

Three-point goals: Van Brocklin, Hartz, Dingman 2, Hensel 4, Parry.





Spicer 6-2-16, Hall 1-0-2, Czarnecki 1-0-3, Pescetti 7-2-16, Naughton 4-1-9, Murphy 3-2-8. Totals: 22-7-54.


Sawyer 0-2-2, Gillespie 1-0-2, Moore 0-0-0, Rooney 9-3-22, Pierre 12-6-31. Totals: 22-11-57.

Spa Catholic 7 15 13 19 — 54

Hoosic Valley 16 17 10 14 — 57

Three-point goals: Spicer 2, Czarnecki, Rooney, Pierre.




Marrish 2-0-5, Fuchs 3-3-10, Rathjen 4-1-9, Scrodin 7-3-17, DuBois 1-0-2, Rifenburgh 2-0-4, Palumbo 1-0-2. Totals: 20-7-49.


Horton 1-0-3, Lufkin 5-0-13, Bristol 5-5-15, Liddle 6-2-14, Pryce 4-1-9. Totals: 21-8-54.

Germantown 7 10 16 16 — 49

Argyle 13 11 18 12 — 54

Three-point goals: Marrish, Fuchs, Horton, Lufkin 3.

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