BROADALBIN - The Scotia-Glenville Tartans made the shots, got the stops and the?Tartans ended up with a 76-37 Foothills Council boys basketball win over the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots on Tuesday.
"Scotia is a very good basketball team," Broadalbin-Perth coach Tucker Gifford said. "They are very well rounded. Anybody they bring in, they all can shoot, pass, dribble, play defense. They run the floor very hard. We lost to a good basketball team."
The Tartans (5-0 overall, 3-0 Foothills Council) wasted little time in breaking away and turning the game into a rout.
Broadalbin-Perth’s Andre Taylor drives against Scotia-Glenville’s Joe Cremo during Tuesday’s Foothills Council boys basketball game at Broadalbin-Perth High School in Broadalbin. (The Leader-Herald/Mike Zummo)
After Scotia-Glenville's Alex Sausville and Broadalbin-Perth's Brent Bochenek traded 3-point baskets, the Tartans went on a 10-1 run to take a 13-4 lead barely four minutes into the game.
Broadalbin-Perth's Andre Taylor, who finished with 14 points, broke the run with a layup. However, at the end of the first quarter, the Patriots (4-3 overall, 1-2 Foothills Council) still trailed by nine points, 18-9.
"We struggled against their zone," Gifford said. "We struggled with our focus trying to run the stuff we wanted to run. I didn't think we executed very well."
The Patriots didn't make a basket until nearly three minutes into the second quarter.
During that time, baskets by the Tartans' Andrew Tabbert and Joe Cremo added buckets to put the Tartans in firm control with a 22-9 lead.
It could have been a lot worse if not for the Tartans' poor free-throw shooting.
"I thought we played good in spots," Scotia-Glenville coach James Giammattei said. "I thought obviously our defense was great. Any time you go 9 for 22 from the line, you can't be overly excited. Our foul shooting leaves a lot to be desired. Otherwise, it was pretty typical Scotia basketball."
The Tartans' defensive zone kept the Patriots running around outside the perimeter, making inside penetration difficult. Despite making six 3-pointers in the game, the Patriots had difficulty getting their jump shots to fall.
"Against their zone, you've got to make shots," Gifford said. "I hate to see our percentage right now, but it couldn't have been very good. We had a hard time finding the net. When we've had success in the past, we've hit shots."
And when the Patriots missed, the Tartans were there to clean up as Joe Cremo grabbed 14 rebounds to go along with his 24 points.
"Second shots were hard to come by, so I thought we really went off to the ball and sealed off the lanes," Giammattei said. "We did a very nice job with that."
The Patriots will finish the month Friday with another home game against a tough opponent as they face the Glens Falls Indians in their final game before the holiday break.
Broadalbin-Perth isn't playing during the break, so they will have more than two weeks before they visit the Johnstown Sir Bills on Jan. 8.
They'll get a sense of their seasonal progress Jan. 28 when they visit the Tartans in Scotia.
"It gives us something to shoot for," Gifford said. "We get to see them again and we get to see where that marker is at."
Scotia-Glenville 76, Broadalbin-Perth 37
Scotia-Glenville18 16 22 20 - 76
Broadalbin-Perth9 6 12 10 - 37
Sausville 4-0-11, LaMorta 3-2-9, Lincoln 1-0-2, Cremo 8-4-20, Tabbert 6-2-14, Se. Sayles 1-0-2, Palleschi 3-0-6, Carroll 2-0-5, Francois 2-1-5, Sc. Sayles 1-0-2. Totals: 31-9-76.
Bochenek 3-0-9, Bellandi 2-2-7, Taylor 5-2-14, Magliocca 1-0-2, R. Newfrock 1-0-2, Natoli 1-0-2, Z. Newfrock 0-1-1. Totals: 13-5-37.
3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville 5 (Sausville 3, LaMorta, Carroll); Broadalbin-Perth 6 (Bochenek 3, Taylor 2, Bellandi).