It was a game, and then it wasn't.
Leading by just three points after three quarters, Scotia-Glenville blew away Section V's East High with a 21-2 fourth quarter to win, 66-44, in the state Class A championship game at the Glens Falls Civic Center today.
Senior Alex Sausville was 8-for-13 from three-point range to score 26 points and set a tournament record for three-pointers made, and junior forward Joe Cremo was named tournament MVP as the Tartans improved to 25-0.
It was the first state championship for Scotia and sends them to a state Federation game against Albany Academy on Friday.
"I guess that's what you get when you've been playing together since kindergarten, first grade," Cremo said. "We've been playing together for a moment like this for our entire lives. We got a chance tonight and took care of business."
"This is amazing, the first state championship for our school, and to be the team that got it is so special for me, my team, my coaches and for the city of Scotia and Glenville," Sausville said.
In a game of scoring streaks, the Tartans led, 45-42, through three quarters, then clamped down on East in the fourth.
Sausville hit two threes, and Cremo had a three-point play and a floater to give the Tartans a 56-42 lead midway through the quarter.
A Sausville three with a minute and a half left made it 64-42 and allowed head coach Jim Giammattei to get his starters out of the game to thunderous standing ovations from the highly partisan crowd.
Scotia nearly shut out East in the fourth, giving up a layup in the final seconds.
"It's satisfying because they all believe in what we're doing," Giammattei said. "You don't have to sell anything."
Cremo finished with 23 points, and point guard Scott Stopera had 11 assists.
"End of the third, we were only up three," Stopera said. "We knew we weren't playing our best and told ourselves, eight more minutes, this is our game. We wanted to lock down on their shooters. We knew a run was coming because it's a state final. So we locked down."
Sausville's eight threes broke the record of seven held by several players.
"I don't remember being this hot," he said. "Certain moments felt good, but nothing like this."
"I was just trying find him," Stopera said. "I knew he was hot and was ready for this game. He was open and did a great job hitting them.
"There's no way I'm sleeping tonight. These are the best friends of my life. Amazing."