After winning an overtime thriller against Mohonasen in the semifinals, the Scotia-Glenville boys basketball team wasn’t interested in playing a tight game against Bishop Gibbons.
Instead, the Tartans (17-4) used a 19-8 third-quarter run to open a big lead and cruised to a 59-43 victory over the Knights in Saturday’s Section II Class A championship game at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The win gives Scotia-Glenville its second Sectional title in the last three years and a berth in Saturday’s regional final at Hudson Valley Community College against Section III champion Jamesville-DeWitt, which has won the last four state Class A titles and features two major NCAA Division I recruits in Dajuan Coleman (Syracuse) and Tyler Cavanaugh (Wake Forest).
“You know what? All I care about is that we won the Sectional title,” said Scotia-Glenville coach James Giammattei. “No matter what happens against Jamesville-DeWitt, I have no regrets.”
Scotia-Glenville’s defense kept Bishop Gibbons off balance most of the night. The Knights managed only 23 points through the first three quarters as the Tartans built a 17-point lead.
“Everyone talks about the offense, but we just executed so well defensively,” said Giammattei. “Our players did such a great job of executing the defensive game plan.”
Freshman forward Joe Cremo led Scotia-Glenville with 24 points, while tournament most valuable player Chris Zanta contributed 15 points.
“He used his athletic ability, and we got the ball to him in good spots,” Giammattei said of Zanta. “We got it to him when his feet were set, and he knocked (the shots) down.”
While Zanta was the Tartans’ MVP throughout Sectionals, Matt Renko was his team’s undisputed hero of last Friday’s 62-61 overtime victory over Mohonasen in the semifinals. Renko hit a tough shot as time expired to give Scotia-Glenville the victory over the defending Sectional champions from Rotterdam.