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Boys basketball: Jamesville-Dewitt's twin towers too much for Scotia to handle

Coleman, Cavanaugh each score 21 points in regional win

— One is 6 feet, 10 inches tall and heading to Syracuse University. The other is 6-9 and going to Wake Forest.

Together, Dajuan Coleman and Tyler Cavanaugh were too much for Scotia-Glenville to handle.

Coleman (Syracuse) and Cavanaugh (Wake Forest) each scored 21 points to lead Section III champion Jamesville-Dewitt past Scotia-Glenville 58-45 in Saturday's Class A boys basketball regional final at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Section II-champion Tartans tried everything they could to slow the two NCAA Division I recruits, but it was a difficult task for a team whose tallest players on the court -- Chris Zanta and Joe Cremo -- are 6-2.

"Their genetic structure was better than ours," said Scotia-Glenville coach James Giammattei.

Still, the Tartans gave the three time-defending state champion Red Rams a battle. Scotia-Glenville led 9-7 following Alex Sausville's first three-pointer of the game late in the first quarter and trailed Jamesville-Dewitt 26-19 at halftime after Cremo hit a layup with three seconds left in the second quarter.

"The Scotia kids defended well," said Jamesville-Dewitt coach Bob McKenney. "They were tough. They bumped and hit us, and they took us out of our running game."

"When it was 26-19, that was the pace that we needed the game to be at," said Giammattei. "We knew we weren't going to beat them 80-74."

The Red Rams didn't allow the Tartans to hang around in the second half, though. Cavanaugh opened the third quarter with a three-pointer to push Jamesville-Dewitt's lead to 10 points, and that opened the flood gates as the Red Rams outscored Scotia-Glenville 23-7 in the period.

"I think it too us a while to get the nerves out and get our legs," said McKenney.

Cavanaugh and Coleman led Jamesville-Dewitt's second half surge. When Cavanaugh wasn't slicing and shooting his way through Scotia-Glenville's two-three zone defense, Coleman was slamming down dunk after dunk.

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