BROADALBIN - The Broadalbin-Perth Patriots drilled nine 3-pointers Friday, but didn't have enough firepower to overcome Joe Cremo and the undefeated Scotia-Glenville Tartans. Cremo scored 27 as the Tartans defeated Broadalbin-Perth 59-43.
The junior University at Albany-commit was relatively quiet in the first half, but exploded for 19 second-half points in leading Scotia-Glenville (14-0 overall, 10-0 Foothills). Cremo also led all players with nine rebounds.
Broadalbin-Perth entered the contest winners of six straight. Their last loss came at Scotia-Glenville 92-54 on December 20.
Scotia-Glenville’s Joe Cremo (20) blocks a shot by Broadalbin-Perth’s Chris Natoli during Friday’s Foothills Council game at Broadalbin-Perth High School. (The Leader-Herald/Shaun Anich)
The Patriots (9-5 overall, 6-4 Foothills) launched jumpers early and often. Preston Taylor and Connor Pingitore each hit on threes in the first quarter for Broadalbin-Perth. Pingitore's corner 3 beat the first-quarter buzzer and gave the Patriots an 8-7 advantage.
The game got off to a slow start offensively with each team converting three field goals in the first quarter. While Broadalbin-Perth's scoring woes continued for most of the game, Alex Sausville was a catalyst for Scotia-Glenville in the second. Sausville scored seven straight points to begin an 11-2 Tartan run.
The Patriots didn't get to the line in the first three quarters, opting for a flurry of passes in search of an open jump shot on most trips down the court. Ryan Dingman found success on the wing for the Patriots in the third quarter. Dingman knocked down three from beyond the arc and added a two-point jumper for all 11 of Broadalbin-Perth's points. Cremo began to percolate at the same time and kept pace with 10 points in the quarter.
Cremo settled into a rhythm and was able to finish at the rim with ease in the second half. He scored four buckets in both the third and fourth quarters while knocking down all of his free throws.
The Tartans scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to take a 47-28 lead. Cremo scored four straight midway through the quarter to give the Tartans their largest lead of the game at 56-34. The Patriots finished the game on a 9-3 run before running out of time.
For Scotia-Glenville, the third-ranked Class A team in the state, the 16-point victory is the smallest margin of victory over a Foothills opponent this season.
Dingman's 14 points led Broadalbin-Perth while Pingitore also scored in double-figures. Jake Coveney and Liam Floyd each pulled down five rebounds to lead the Patriots.
Broadalbin-Perth will look to build another winning streak when they face Glens Falls on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Scotia-Glenville 59, Broadalbin-Perth 43
Scotia-Glenville7 19 14 19 - 59
Broadalbin-Perth8 9 11 15 - 43
Cremo 11-5-27, Sausville 5-0-11, Palleschi 2-4-8, Stopera 2-0-6, Sayles 1-2-5, LeMorta 1-0-2. Totals 22-11-59.
Dingman 5-0-14, Pingitore 4-1-11, P. Taylor 2-2-8, A. Taylor 2-1-6, Coveney 1-0-2, Floyd 1-0-2. Totals 15-4-43.
3-point goals: Scotia-Glenville 4 (Stopera 2, Sayles, Sausville); Broadalbin-Perth 9 (Dingman 4, P. Taylor 2, Pingitore 2, A. Taylor)