At 6-foot-5, Trevor Martin is the tallest player on the Scotia-Glenville roster, but his offensive game isn’t what you might think. He’s a perimeter guy, and when he has that split-second to release, he can be awfully productive.
“My role is definitely getting some boards, and shooting,” the junior said after scoring a career-high 17 points Tuesday night in a 62-45 Foothills Council win against visiting Queensbury. “Coach says, ‘Just shoot, and if you miss, keep shooting. You’ll find it.’ ”
Martin reached another career high with five three-point baskets to go with seven rebounds. A reserve on last season’s state championship team, Martin also picked up one of his two assists and blocked a shot in a put-away 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
“He’s a big guy who can do a lot,” Scotia-Glenville sophomore Christian Corker said of his teammate. “All of those things help us.”
Corker led the Tartans (6-0, 10-0) with 22 points, his last four coming in that 9-0 spurt that Martin started with a three. The run gave the state’s No. 7-ranked Class A team a 58-33 advantage, and all but sealed its 51st consecutive league victory.
“We talked about it at the break [between quarters],” Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Giammattei said. “We separated. It was, ‘Let’s do what we’re supposed to do.’ ”
Queensbury (0-6, 0-8) hung tough with Scotia-Glenville for 21⁄2 quarters before the Tartans, up 34-27, went on a 15-6 run to close out the third. Giammattei wasn’t surprised by the grit of the winless Spartans, who had lost five games by seven points or fewer.
“Queensbury is very physical. They have a ton of pride. They’ll battle you on 50-50 balls and make sure you feel they’re there,” Giammattei said. “This wasn’t a shock at all. We knew it would be a contest, and we were prepared for it.”
Martin started the 9-0 run in the fourth quarter with his final three and a blocked shot on Brett Rodriguez at the other end. Rodriguez caught Martin with an elbow below the left eye as the two chased the ball, and Rodriguez was called for a technical foul.
“I went up for the ball and got an elbow in the face. I don’t really know what happened,” Martin said. “I didn’t want to come out when coach asked how I was. The game was still too close.”
It wasn’t for long, though, with Corker sinking two foul shots from the technical, Martin setting up Dan Clune with a perfect bounce pass and Corker scoring on another layup to make it 58-33.
“We were playing good defense,” Martin said. “Defense leads to easy points at the other end.”
Martin sank a pair of three-pointers on the 15-6 third-quarter run before his key contribution early in the fourth.
“Trevor was huge,” Giammattei said. “When we move the ball and Trevor gets in a flow, it’s a great thing to see. What we were doing is giving up a good shot for a great shot, and Trevor was that great shot.”
Martin’s previous high of 16 points came in a 71-65 win against Glens Falls last month. He sank four threes in that game and in two others.
“Everyone was passing the ball well, setting good screens,” said Martin, who has reached double-digits in scoring in every game but one.
Clune finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals, and Corker added six assists to go with his 22 points. Corker gave Scotia-Glenville a 26-19 halftime lead with a three-point heave from just inside the half-court line, and the 10th-grade guard nailed another three soon after Rodriguez’ short jumper pulled the Spartans within 34-27 in the third frame.
“He’s only a sophomore. There’s room to grow, but Christian is starting to put it all together,” Giammattei said. “He plays with great confidence, and we have confidence in him.”
John Dennett led Queensbury with 11 points, and Rodriguez, the Spartans three-sport standout, had nine points and three steals.
Bleibtrey 1-1-3, Conway 2-0-5, O’Leary 1-0-2, Hunt 1-0-2, Troelstra 0-1-1, B. Rodriguez 4-1-9, Dennett 5-1-11, J. Rodriguez 2-0-4, VanAnden 2-1-6, Zita 1-0-2. Totals: 19-5-45.
Borwick 1-0-2, Corker 8-3-22, Clune 6-0-12, DeGraffenreid 2-2-6, Martin 6-0-17, TenEyck 1-0-3. Totals: 24-5-62.
Queensbury 11 8 14 12 — 45
S-G 15 11 23 13 — 62
Three-point goals: Conway, VanAnden, Corker 3, Martin 5, TenEyck.