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Scotia wins semifinal, plays Sunday for state championship

Scotia wins semifinal, plays Sunday for state championship

The Scotia-Glenville boys high school basketball team defeated John Glenn, 81-50, in the semifinal r
Scotia wins semifinal, plays Sunday for state championship
Scotia-Glenville Tartans celebrate after beating John Glenn 81-50 in the NYSPHSAA Semi-Finals Boys Basketball tournament.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy

The Scotia-Glenville boys' basketball team took a 20-2 lead and never looked back to defeat John Glenn (Section X1), 81-50, in the semifinals of the Class A state tournament at the Glens Falls Civic Center today.

The Tartans (24-0) will play East High of Rochester at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Civic Center for the Class A state championship.

"Amazing. I've been waiting for this since last year," Scotia point guard Scott Stopera said. "After we got beat by Bishop Ludden [last year], we got right back in the gym the next day, and 7, 8 a.m., in the summer, we were working toward our goal."

Joe Cremo scored 27 points, becoming the school's all-time leading scorer in the process and also had 14 rebounds and six assists for the Tartans.

Dom LeMorta scored 15 points, and the other three starters, Mike Palleschi (12), Stopera (10) and Alex Sausville (10) also reach double digits.

A putback by Palleschi have Scotia a 20-2 lead in the first quarter.

John Glenn got within 12 of the lead twice in the second quarter, but trailed at halftime, 44-28.

The Tartans scored the first eight points of the second half to put it away.

Scotia had a total of 18 assists, seven by Stopera.

"They did a great job of organizing on the break out of their running lanes," head coach Jim Giammattei said. "They know each other's strengths and weaknesses, and they play off that. It's not just the right pass, it's the right person at the right time and spot. All of those come into it."

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