Tartans hit century mark against Sir Bills

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Sir Bills didn’t even have a chance to breathe in Tuesday’s Foothills Council boys basketball game before the Scotia-Glenville Tartans took them right out of it.

The Tartans didn’t miss often and scored 19 points before the game was halfway through the first quarter and cruised and blew past the Sir Bills, 100-27.

“We just got off to a great start and it was just sharing the ball,” Scotia-Glenville coach James Giammattei said. “We played defense, we rebounded and we just ran the court real well. You make your first seven or eight shots of the game and it makes for a great start.”

The Sir Bills (2-8 overall, 1-6 Foothills Council) won the opening tip, but the Tartans took control as Andrew Tabbert grabbed a defensive rebound fed a pass to Joe Cremo, who hooked the ball into the basket for a 2-0 lead.

Cremo scored 12 of his 20 points in the first quarter.

Johnstown only managed one basket in the first quarter, a mid-range jump shot by Cody Naish to cut Scotia-Glenville’s lead to 25-2.

However, the Tartans went on a 9-0 run to take a 34-2 lead after the first quarter.

“Who’s going to recover against them? Seriously, that’s a great team,” Johnstown coach Scott Hale said. “We got beat by a great team. We can sit here and look at the score. It’s what they are. They’re a great team. They do it to everyone, maybe not to that extent, but it’s a great team.”

Johnstown got the first basket of the second quarter, a runner by Jamal Vazquez to cut Scotia-Glenville’s lead to 30 points and they got a pair of baskets in the final minute of the second quarter, a putback by Jerry Groom with 31 seconds to go and a 3-pointer by Elijah Hill with a second left on the clock to send the game to halftime with the Tartans leading 51-9.

Mike Everest gave the Johnstown fans something to cheer about to start the fourth quarter as he hit his second and third 3-pointers of the game in the span of about 30 seconds. He led the team with nine points.

Tabbert led the Tartans with a game-high 24 points and Ales Sausville scored 17 and Michael Palleschi added 11. Kelsey Francois, who finished with 13 points scored the Tartans’ 100th point with a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left in the game.

“We got beat by a great team,” Hale said.

The Sir Bills don’t have much time to recover as they will travel to second-place Glens Falls on Thursday.

Scotia-Glenville 100, Johnstown 27

Scotia-Glenville34 17 27 22 – 100

Johnstown2 7 11 7 – 27


Cremo 8-4-20, Tabbert 10-5-24, LeMorta 2-0-5, Sausville 7-0-17, Francois 6-0-13, Palleschi 3-5-11, Sayles 3-1-8, Carroll 0-2-2. Totals: 39-17-100.


Naish 1-0-2, Vazquez 1-0-2, Groom 1-0-2, Hill 1-0-3, Heroth 0-1-1, Everest 3-0-9, Caputo 2-0-4, Mitchell 1-0-3, Szurek 0-1-1. Totals: 10-2-27.

3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville 8 (Tabbert 2, LeMorta, Sausville 3, Francois, Sayles); Johnstown 4 (Hill, Everest 3).