Mohonasen's Robert Tedesco hit only three shots from the field in Saturday's Section II, Class A quarterfinal boys basketball game against Scotia-Glenville, but two of them were the biggest shots of the game.
Tedesco drained a game-tying three-pointer with more than a minute left in the fourth quarter and hit another three with 1:17 left in overtime to lift the fourth-seeded Mighty Warriors past the fifth-seeded Tartans 52-47 at University at Albany's SEFCU Arena.
We noticed they didn't get a hand in our faces when we took our threes, so when I caught the ball, I knew I had to shoot it, said Tedesco.
Scotia-Glenville (13-7) had a 43-34 lead in the fourth quarter before Mohonasen (11-9) went on a 10-3 run to tie the game.
"We just stopped attacking," said Scotia-Glenville coach James Giammattei. "We started playing tentatively in the fourth quarter, and that was the difference."
Cameron Couball " who had mainly been a non factor through the first three quarters " put the Mighty Warriors on his back during their fourth quarter run. The senior guard drove for a layup and was fouled on the play. Couball then drained the free throw to complete a three-point play that pulled Mohonasen within five points.
Couball drove past 6-foot, 10-inch junior center Jim Janson " who had four fouls at that point " for another layup to get the Mighty Warriors within three points. Then, he stole the ball and converted a fast break layup off a give-and-go with Tedesco that trimmed Scotia-Glenville's lead to 45-44 with 2:05 left.
"He woke up," Mohonasen coach Ken Dagostino said of Couball, who scored seven of his 13 points during a two-minute span of the fourth quarter. "He must have thought it was a fourth quarter game."
Pete Lindsay gave Scotia-Glenville a little breathing room when he drove for a layup, but it was short lived as Tedesco hit his game-tying three-pointer. Both teams had trouble establishing their offenses in the four-minute overtime. Scotia-Glenville turned the ball over on its first three possessions, and Mohonasen kept missing three-pointers before Tedesco made good on the Mighty Warriors' fourth try from behind the arc.
"The (winning) three was good, but it takes five to win," said Tedesco.
"He hit them when he needed to," said Giammattei. "He's a feisty kid."
Jordan Macejka led all scorers with 20 points for Mohonasen, which advances to Friday's semifinal against top-seeded Albany Academy at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
"I think they're very good and very well coached, but it's nothing that we can't handle," said Dagostino.
Joseph Ferrari had 10 points, while Janson, Nick Alescio and Jeff Stopera all chipped in nine points for Scotia-Glenville, which lost four of its last five games.""