Another year, another playoff meeting between the Mohonasen and Scotia-Glenville boys basketball teams.
No. 2 Mohonasen and No. 3 Scotia-Glenville each won their Section II Class A quarterfinal games last weekend to advance to Wednesday’s semifinal contest at the Glens Falls Civic Center, weather permitting.
It’s the second consecutive year that the two Schenectady County teams have met in Sectionals. Mohonasen defeated Scotia-Glenville in last year’s Class A final.
“We’re up for the challenge,” said Mohonasen forward Killian Tallman. “It will take a lot of heart and a lot of hustle.”
Scotia-Glenville (15-4) punched its ticket to the semifinals first, as it pulled away for a 54-41 victory over Foothills Council rival Queensbury Sunday at Hudson Valley Community College.
The Tartans scored the game’s first six points and then used a 9-0 run at the start of the second quarter to build a 25-14 lead. The Spartans (13-7) trimmed the deficit to as little as three points early in the third quarter before Scotia-Glenville pulled away for good.
“They’re a very good team,” Scotia-Glenville coach James Giammattei said of Queensbury, which split its two regular season meetings with the Tartans. “I know they didn’t look like it tonight, but they are a good team.”
Scotia-Glenville used its speed and a fast-motion offense to keep Queensbury’s defenders off balance all evening. Quick passes led to open looks down low for Joe Cremo and Andrew Tabbert, who led the Tartans with 13 and 11 points respectively.
“I thought ball movement was the key,” said Giammattei. “Cutting, passing, moving – that’s the little things that will help you be successful.”
Evan Signor scored 13 points, and Ray Bethel contributed 12 points for Queensbury.
Mohonasen (12-7) earned its berth in the semifinals by beating Lansingburgh 71-48 Sunday at HVCC.
The Mighty Warriors broke open a close game in the second quarter with a 22-8 run. A three-pointer by Tallman and a three-point play by Grant Massaroni got the run started, and a four-point play by Billy Manikas extended Mohonasen’s lead to 32-22. The lead dipped under double digits only once after that.