Bartlett’s Gio Scivittaro He knows that he was not given his place at the university.
The sophomore guard had to earn this one. After doing this, he gained the coach’s trust. Jim Wolfsmithwho likes to play the hot hand late in the games.
Scivittaro had the hot hand Friday night in South Elgin.
“I am very grateful to him for trusting me at that time,” Scivittaro said. “I am very confident. “I made some mistakes, but in the end we did what we had to do, we pulled away and we won.”
Scivittaro was at the center of things for the Hawks in the fourth quarter of a 43-40 Upstate Eight Conference win.
His three-point play at the beginning of the quarter gave Bartlett a 34-33 lead. He then made a three-pointer to tie the game at 37-37. He also made a big steal as the Hawks eventually pulled away for the win.
With Scivittaro providing isolation defence, Wolfsmith did not hesitate to give him big minutes at crucial moments in the away rivalry match.
“The person who made the difference was Gio Scivittaro,” Wolfsmith said. “He made some big shots, played great defense. He really worked his ass off there. That was a great game from this young man.”
“Traditionally in games we try to make do with rotations, but at the end of the game I have eight guys that I trust. It depends on who I think plays the best at both ends of the floor. “Those were Gio’s minutes because he was coming out.
Scivitarro took full advantage of his ability to work with Scearce as he acclimated himself to the collegiate level.
“He is an exemplary person,” Scivittaro said. “He’s a player you really don’t see very often. I’m so grateful to be around him. I worked so hard for this, to get here, and I’m so grateful for that.”
Scearce did not have one of his signature scoring performances on Friday.
But he played every minute, making three free throws in the closing stages and rebounding an intentionally missed free throw to finish the clock off the dribble.
“He’s a great team player,” Scivittaro said. “He thinks about his team first. He trusts us and I’m very glad he could do this. We trust him a lot.”
What stood out to Wolfsmith about Scivittaro was his relentless work ethic on the field.
“He brings energy, great defense and great pace,” Wolfsmith said. “That kind of energy, this kid never stops. “He is one of the hardest workers we have.”
South Elgin recovered from a slow start to take a three-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.
But the Storm never took the lead again as Bartlett pulled away. Brendan Campbell The Hawks’ rebound with 3:35 remaining proved to be the game winner.
“Offensively that was our problem and some of our players have to buy into the system and trust the system,” the South Elgin coach said. Philip Church aforementioned. “This is what the regional atmosphere is like.
“You have to be effective with the ball and we weren’t efficient.”
Scivitarro found himself in a hostile environment in a close game. He handled the situation well and now the Hawks hope to use that momentum moving forward.
“It’s like a rollercoaster,” Scivitarro said. “The crowd is always yelling at you. This is huge. They beat us twice last year. They already beat us at home. “We will rise high to win here.”
Paul Johnson is a freelance reporter for The Beacon-News.