Scotia-Glenville won’t be making any more history on the basketball court this season.
The Tartans grabbed the last piece they could get Saturday at the Times Union Center with a 68-52 New York State Federation Tournament of Champions Class A title-game win over Holy Trinity.
Scott Stopera nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer to end the third quarter, and Joe Cremo converted a three-point play moments into the fourth to swing momentum all the way toward the Tartans in their ninth postseason victory and 27th in all without a defeat.
“It’s unreal and surreal,” Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei said. “From a coaching standpoint, you’re always getting ready for the next game. You’re not counting wins. Now you look back, and it’s amazing.”
Cremo picked up his fifth most valuable player award this season after scoring 24 points and taking down 10 rebounds. Dom LeMorta had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and fellow all-tournament pick Alex Sausville netted 12 points for the state’s No. 1-ranked squad.
“The difference in the game was them getting too many offensive rebounds, especially in the first half, and the guy doing that made a ton of great plays,” Holy Trinity coach Joe Conefry said of Cremo. “Every time we got it to seven, five, he made a play.”
Scotia Glenville (New York State Public High School Athletic Association) outscored Long Island’s Holy Trinity (25-5, Catholic High School Athletic Association), 11-2, to begin the final quarter in a run reminiscent of last weekend, when it finished off East High of Rochester and punched its ticket to the Federation event.
Scotia-Glenville had never advanced beyond regional play before this season.
“We’ve got so many guys who can do so many things,” said Sausville. “If one guy is off, another guy steps up. That’s how you get to 27-0.”
Four different Tartans scored in the 11-2 surge, with Stopera making two free throws after Cremo’s three-point play, LeMorta following with a layup and Sausville dropping in a runner. Cremo made it 63-46 on two foul shots with 2:51 left.
“I told the guys, ‘We’ve got eight minutes left in our time together. Let’s play our butts off and win the game,’” said LeMorta.
Scotia-Glenville (27-0) became the second Section II boys’ team to win a Federation title, following Watervliet (Class C) in 1991.
Albany Academy took the Class A flag last year as an Association of Independent Schools representative, and the Tartans ended the Cadets’ repeat hopes Friday with a 70-57 semifinal triumph.
“Everyone had to do their part,” said Mike Palleschi, who contributed seven points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. “We have shooters. We have guys who can take the ball to the basket. I do the dirty work down low. Everyone did their part, and that’s what got us to this far.”
Stopera also scored five points and added five assists to the eight he had Friday. The junior’s clutch three came after Holy Trinity used an 8-2 run to get within 49-44 late in the third frame.
“Joe finds Scott, Scott settles and hits that three, and the pendulum swings,” said Giammattei. “That was huge for our momentum. They had gotten a couple of steals and were gaining on us.”
During Scotia-Glenville’s 11-2 fourth-quarter run, the Titans managed two free throws.
“Everyone talks about how we put together offensive runs,” said Giammattei. “This team puts together defensive runs that set up our offense.”
Holy Trinity made six threes in the first half but only two in the second, both coming after the Tartans went up by 17 on Cremo’s foul shots.
“We talked about taking the three ball away,” said LeMorta. “Coach told us to get up on their shooters.”
Golaszewski 4-1-10, J. Sixsmith 2-2-6, Alkins 4-3-13, Farella 2-0-5, Thomson 3-0-8, W. Sixsmith 2-0-6, Eugene 2-0-4. Totals: 19-6-52.
Palleschi 2-3-7, Cremo 9-6-24, LeMorta 6-1-15, Stopera 1-4-7, Sausville 5-0-12, Sayles 1-0-3. Totals: 24-14-68.
Holy Trinity 15 16 13 8 — 52
Scotia-Glenville 18 20 14 16 — 68
Three-point goals: Golaszewski, Alkins 2, Farella, Thomson 2, W. Sixsmith, LeMorta 2, Stopera, Sausville, Sayles.