Leading off today:
It was Joe Cremo's day. Then again, every day seems to be Joe Cremo's day when there's a basketball game to be won.
The Scotia-Glenville senior made the shot that started the key sequence of the game, delivered a double-double and canned two free throws with 23 seconds left to complete a 54-49 win over Greece Athena as two unbeatens played for the NYSPHSAA boys Class A basketball championship Sunday at Glens Falls.
Cremo, the tournament MVP for a second consecutive year, finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Tartans won their 53rd consecutive game by delivering a vicious body blow in the first half and then holding off the Trojans down the stretch.
Cremo's 3-pointer from at the buzzer from just inside the half-court line tied the score at 19 and was the spark to the Tartans' 19-0 run that built a 35-19 lead. Scotia-Glenville made five 3-pointers in the key sequence, capped by one more from Cremo.
"We weren't going to win trading buckets with them. Their defense is very good," Greece Athena senior guard Brendan Wind told The Times-Union. "We kept giving up easy buckets and didn't string together some stops, and the lead kept increasing."
Scotia-Glenville let Athena draw closer by going through 1-for-13 shooting funk in the third quarter. But buckets by Cremo, Dan Clune and Scott Stopera in the fourth quarter extended the lead to 48-36 before the final Athena push.
Boys Class AA: Junior point guard Kevin Huerter came through with 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists, and senior guard Thomas Huerter added 22 points and seven rebounds as Shenendehowa downed Brentwood 76-63 for the title to cap the weekend at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The championship is Shenendehowa's first since the 1987 tournament.
"Our team, all year long, has been a good group effort of guys going out and fighting together," senior Thomas Huerter said.
Senior center Brandon Fischer contributed seven points and nine rebounds, and senior forward Matt Alverson went 3-for-3 from the field.
"We knew from the very tip that if we played 32 minutes, there isn't a lot of teams that are going to have the stamina to stay with us," Kevin Huerter said.
Brentwood went 6-for-14 on 3-pointers in the first half to build a 32-30 lead. The second half wasn't nearly as kind as the Indians went just 10-for-29 from the field and just 2-for-12 on 3-pointers.
Meanwhile, the Plainsmen made 16 of 27 shots after the half, and the Huerter brothers combined for 17 of Shen's 28 points in the fourth quarter.
Noteworthy: The NYSSWA's Steve Grandin passed along a gem of a stat.
With the Scotia and Shen Sunday sweep one day after Lake George triumphed, Section 2 improved to 9-0 in boys basketball championship games over the past three years.
Making that stat even more amazing, Section 2 was just 8-21 in championship games from 1979 through 2012.
Girls Class C: Northern Adirondack scored the game's first seven points at Hudson Valley Community College, but it was all downhill from there. Cooperstown closed the first quarter on an 11-2 spurt, outscored the Bobcats 20-7 in the second quarter and cruised to a 61-34 for the school's first outright NYSPHSAA championship in any sport.
Tournament MVP Liz Millea had 13 of her game-high 30 points in the second quarter.