Three local high school boys basketball teams walked out of the Glens Falls Civic Center as NYSPHSAA State Champions this weekend. The Shenendehowa Plainsmen, Scotia-Glenville Tartans, and Lake George Warriors captured the Class AA, A, and C crowns, respectively.
All three teams hail from Section 2 (the Capital Region) and all had very impressive seasons capped off by their championship victories.
Lake George went 26-1 on the season and clinched its second state championship in three years when senior standout Joel Wincowski made a 27-foot three-pointer with 1.6 seconds remaining to beat Waterville 53-50. In February, Wincowski broke Jimmer Fredette’s Section 2 scoring record and is now 5th on the all-time state list with 2,615 total points in his career.
Scotia-Glenville won its second consecutive championship and its 53rd game in a row, becoming the first team in Section 2 boys basketball history to repeat in back-to-back years. The Tartans defeated Greece Athena 54-49 and finished the year 26-0 largely due to major contributions from tournament MVP Joe Cremo.
As dominant as Shenendehowa is in a plethora of sports programs, it has been 28 years since its last boys basketball championship victory. This year, though, the Plainsmen went 25-0 and defeated Brentwood by a score of 76-63 to capture the title. Junior Kevin Huerter and senior Thomas Huerter were the team’s offensive leaders.
To round out the NYSPHSAA Tournament, Westhill beat out Woodlands for the Class B title and Bridgehampton dominated N.Y. Mills to take the Class D crown. Both Scotia-Glenville and Shenendehowa are slated to play in the Federation Tournament of Champions at UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena. The schedule for the Federation Tournament is still being finalized.
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