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Cremo's assists not always in plain sight

Cremo's assists not always in plain sight

The Scotia-Glenville basketball team flourished from the outside Sunday in its state Class A champio

The Scotia-Glenville basketball team flourished from the outside Sunday in its state Class A championship-game win over East High of Rochester. Give Joe Cremo plenty of credit.

Alex Sausville nailed eight three-point baskets as the lead triggerman in the long-distance act, and the Tartans made 12 of them as part of a 66-44 victory at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

“One, we found Alex at the right times. Two, he had to make them,” said Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei. “Three, Joe going through the lane was a big part of Alex getting freed up. They funneled their defense toward him.”

That left Sausville and his teammates with open looks. Sausville went 8-for-13 to set a Class A tournament rec­ord and tie Charley Wightman (Norwich, 1993, Class B) for the tourney’s all-class mark. Scott Stopera and Dom LeMorta both added a pair of threes.

“You can move the ball, but you’ve got to hit the shot,” said Giammattei. “When it goes down, it’s beautiful.”

Scotia-Glenville sealed its first state title with a 21-0 run that encompassed most of the fourth quarter. The Tartans made six consecutive shots after an early miss in the quarter, with Cremo converting a three-point play and scoring twice more on layups, Sausville drilling a pair of threes and Stopera making another as their lead grew to 61-42.

“We play a 3-2 match-up zone,” said East coach Darrell Barley. “In the first three quarters, we did a pretty good job. In the fourth quarter, we didn’t match up.”

Cremo worked for 23 points and Sausville finished with 26. Both scored 15 in the second half.


Stopera set a Class A two-game tournament record with 18 assists. The junior point guard tied the Class A single-game record with 11 of those feeds in the win over East. The Tartans finished with 20 assists on 25 baskets in that contest. . . .

Scotia-Glenville’s big finish Sunday was part offense and part defense, as the Tartans (25-0) ended up holding their fifth postseason opponent under 50 points. The postseason victory was also their sixth by double figures, and their 23rd overall. . . .

Scotia-Glenville and West­hill (Class B, Section III, 25-0) are the state’s only remaining unbeaten teams. . . .

Scotia-Glenville assistant coach Mark Sausville is 6-for-6 in state public school final four games after the Tartans’ weekend sweep. He guided Schenectady to the state Class A championship in 2001, and was an assistant under Gary DiNola when the Patriots copped the New York title in 1998. . . .

Green Tech (Class AA) and Hoosic Valley (Class C) joined Scotia-Glenville on the list of first-time state tourney winners over the weekend. Section II never had more than two state champs in the same year until last year, when Wat­ervliet (Class B), Lake George (Class C) and Argyle (Class D) prevailed. From 1990 through 2012, only six Section II boys’ teams went the distance.


With his second-quarter layup in Saturday’s semifinal with John Glenn, Cremo became Scotia-Glenville’s career scoring leader. That hoop, for his ninth and 10th points, gave the junior 1,308 and topped the 1,307 produced by 2004 grad­uate Terence Coppola.

Cremo finished with 27 points and eight rebounds in the Tartans’ 81-50 win. He was originally listed with 14 rebounds before a recheck of the stats. Cremo has 1,348 points total, including a school-rec­ord 626 this season. . . .

Jamil Hood Jr. scored 18 points and reached 1,000 in Green Tech’s 54-49 state Class AA title-game win over Jamestown.

In the final minute, the sen­ior guard went 5-for-6 from the line to boost his career total to 1,014 points, and had a key steal, as Green Tech’s four-year-old varsity team held on for its first championship.


John Rooney scored 29 points, and Mike Pierre netted 24 to lift Hoosic Valley over Middle Early College, 67-55, in the state Class C final.

Jordan Roland piled up 32 first-half points and 41 in all, and Tyler Reynolds collected 27 of his 38 in the second half as Westhill overpowered Olean in the state Class B final, 93-55.

Roland was 7-for-9 on three-point shots, matching the effort of Olean’s Nick Schmidt in a 71-63 semifinal win over Woodlands. Kevin Davis of Coleman Catholic was 7-for-11 on threes in a 65-51 Class D semifinal win over Sherman.

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