“When he threw it up, it was so soft,” Giammattei said of Renko’s shot. “And for me, when it hit the rim and then the backboard, I knew it was in a good position because the backboard stopped the ball’s bouncing. I said, ‘That ball is right over the cylinder.’”
“I told (Renko) after the game he did what he had to do to win the game,” said Mohonasen coach Ken Dagostino. “He made a play. He didn’t run a play, he made a play.”
Mohonasen (12-8) led by as many as 11 points in the second half before Scotia-Glenville rallied to tie the game at 57. Alex Sausville gave the Tartans an overtime lead with an early three-pointer, but two Killian Tallman free throws put the Mighty Warriors ahead 61-60 before Renko’s shot won the game.
“The first basket that Sausville made, we didn’t do our basic (defensive switch). That cost us a three,” said Dagostino. “Then on the last play, when Renko made that turn, we just didn’t move.”
“It was just a game where we battled so hard,” said Giammattei. “The thing we did best was … we just clawed and clawed until we gave ourselves a chance to win at the end.”
Zanta had 23 points, and Cremo contributed 14 points for Scotia-Glenville. Tallman and Grant Massaroni each netted 20 points for Mohonasen.