Tartans Cruise past Rams
GLENS FALLS – The underdog Amsterdam Running Rams were looking for one more upset in their first trip to the sectional final four in a decade.
Although getting off to a strong start against top-seeded and two-time defending Section II Class A champion Scotia-Glenville, the fifth-seeded Rams could not pull another upset out of the bag as the Tartans cruised to a 71-45 victory in the Class A semifinals Thursday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
“They played well,” Amsterdam coach Tony Orapello said. “We just couldn’t solve their zone. You know they are going to score, but we just missed too many foul shots and layups when we got the chance. They are a good ball club and we just didn’t get a good chance to get out and run.”
Undefeated Scotia-Glenville, the top-ranked Class A team in the state, wil face second-seeded Troy in the Class A championship game Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.
Marcus Pritchard hit a layup and Kory Bergh added a free throw and a 3-pointer to stake Amsterdam to an early 6-2 lead.
Dom LeMorta hit from behind the arc, sparking a 12-0 run to help the Tartans build a 14-7 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
The Scotia offense hit full stride in the second quarter, putting up 28 points in the period to take a 20-point lead, 42-22, into the locker room at the break.
“I thought the first half we got two runs early, but we couldn’t keep it up,” Orapello said.
Scotia continued to build on its lead in the third quarter, stretching it to 23 points heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Joe Cremo added eight points to his scoring statistics for the Tartans in the final period to help close out the 71-45 victory.
Cremo finished the night with 21 points, while LeMorta hit four 3-pointers in his 18-point effort. Mike Pelleschi joined them in double digits with 15 points.
Nine players put points in the book for Amsterdam with Bergh and Alonzo Martin leading the way with nine points apiece.
Amsterdam closes out its season with a 9-11 overall record.
Scotia-Glenville 71, Amsterdam 45
Amsterdam7 15 9 14 – 45
Scotia-Glenville14 28 12 17 – 71
Bergh 3-1-9, Druziak 0-2-2, Martin 3-2-9, Pritchard 2-0-4, Robertshaw 1-0-2, Robinson 1-1-3, Rodriguez 1-2-4, Stanavich 2-1-5, Valentin 3-1-7. Totals: 16-10-45.
Clune 1-0-2, Cremo 7-7-21, LeMorta 7-0-18, Palleschi 6-3-15, Sausville 3-0-7, Stopera 2-3-8. Totals: 26-13-71.
3-point goals: Amsterdam 3 (Bergh 2, Martin); Scotia-Glenville 6 (LeMorta 4, Sausville, Stopera).