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.