GLENS FALLS — He might not want to admit it, but his athletics director will: Giulio Colangelo is a pretty darn good coach.
“Giulio has done a great job,” Bazzani said of Niagara Falls’ third-year head coach prior to Sunday’s championship game. “To get a team to the state championship game for the second year in a row is something special.”
Bazzani, who coached the Wolverines to their only state crown in 2005, said he has been especially impressed with Colangelo’s ability to battle through adversity this winter. The Wolverines endured numerous injuries and suspensions throughout the season.
“He and his staff did just a marvelous job keeping this team focused and together,” Bazzani said. “I’m very proud of (Colangelo).”
Joining Bazzani on his trip was former Falls assistant Bob Stone, who was famous for handing out gum and oranges to the table before every game.
“You’ll have to ask one of the guys getting paid,” Stone joked when asked if he had any goodies after Saturday’s semifinal win.
In the Class A state title game Sunday afternoon, Syracuse signee Brandon Triche led his Jamesville-Dewitt squad to a second consecutive state crown, beating Peekskill 77-75 in overtime. Triche, a 6-foot-4 senior guard who is the nephew of former Syracuse star Howard Triche, was named tournament MVP for the second straight year.
Dewitt’s 6-foot-8 freshman center DaJaun Coleman likely has SU in his ear already also. Besides his obvious size and skill, Coleman is also the son of former Orange and NBA star Derrick Coleman. The tournament’s other champions included IV-South Kortright (Class D), V-Avon (Class C) and V-Bishop Kearney (Class B).
Undoubtedly the best portion of the tournament program year in and year out is the section highlighting tournament alumni currently competing in Division I basketball. Of course, names like Flynn, Harris, Gamble and Garrison appeared, but mysteriously missing was Tyrell Lynch, who came off the bench at UMass this past season.