What: New York Federation Basketball Tournament of Champions.
When: 9 a.m. Friday at University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena.
How they got there: Canisius advanced by capturing its first New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association Class A title March 14 with a 65-55 victory over Kennedy Catholic at Fordham University. Section II’s Scotia-Glenville, owner of a 53-game winning streak, advanced by beating Section V champion Greece Athena in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association final, 54-49, last Sunday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
NYS Sportswriters Rankings: Scotia-Glenville No, 1, Canisius No. 5.
Canisius starters/reserves: 6-7 junior Stafford Trueheart, 6-8 Madut Ayiy, 6-2 senior LaTerrance Reed, 5-11 senior Josh Huffman, 6-3 junior Justin Jones, 5-10 senior Andrew Heitzhuis, 6-1 junior Will Atkinson, 6-6 senior T.J. Wheatley.
Scotia-Glenville key players: 6-4 senior Joe Cremo, 6-6 senior Mike Palleshi, 6-3 senior Joe Almond, 5-10 senior Scott Stopera, 6-4 senior Diamond Corker, 6-0 sophomore Dan Clune.
Skinny on Scotia-Glenville: Scotia is a village in the Town of Glenville located in Schenectady County near the city of Schenectady. Part of the Capital Region, the school is about a 25-minute drive from University at Albany.
Scouting Report: Scotia-Glenville is a smart experienced team that starts all seniors. The Tartans don’t go too deep, though, but using just six players works so long as the team doesn’t get into foul trouble. Cremo is the superstar for Scotia as the two-time NYSPHSAA Class A Tournament MVP and will play Division I for University at Albany. Stopping him will be key but Canisius’ game plan this whole postseason has been worrying about itself, making sure it plays to the best of its ability regardless of the opponent. The formula has worked well all season, especially in state Catholic final triumph over Kennedy Catholic team that entered the contest with just one loss. If Canisius rebounds, takes care of the basketball and plays its tough man-to-man defense, it has a shot at ending the streak.
What’s next: Winner plays either New York City PSAL champion Springfield Gardens or Albany Academy, the Alliance of Independent Schools champion, for the championship at 5 p.m. Saturday at the University at Albany.
– Miguel Rodriguez