Fourth Quarter Fade Costs East State Title

- Alex Sausville scored 26 points and tied a record with eight three pointers in a state final as Scotia-Glenville ran away from East High 66-44 in the Class A state final at Glens Falls Civic Center Sunday afternoon. 

Joe Cremo added 23 points as the "in the paint" offensive option for S-G. 

Dontay Caruthers led the Orientals with 14 points, but did not score in the second half. The entire East team almost didn't score in the fourth quarter. 

The Orientals led 39-36 late in the third quarter before Scotia-Glenville ran off seven in a row to take a four point lead. It was 45-42 after the third. 

A three-point play and a Sausville three quickly made the score 51-42. East called timeout. It didn't matter. Sausville hit another three to put S-G up by 12. East went cold at the other end. It was a quarter that usually only happens in bad dreams. 

The Orientals got one bucket in the final minute, long after Scotia-Glenville had opened the quarter on a 19-0 run and put the state title on ice. Scotia-Glenville did not lose a game all year, finishing 25-0. 

East ended the season 19-5. 

"No one expected us to make it this far," said East head coach Darrell Barley. "For us to accomplish the things that we have accomplished, our kids need to hold their heads up high. Obviously, tonight they were the best team. They shot the ball very well."

"We couldn't close the book on our story. We fell a page short," Caruthers said. 

Or maybe even a quarter short. 

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