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Sunday, March 19, 2017: Westhill captures fifth NYSPHSAA championship

   Leading off today: Westhill controlled the NYSPHSAA boys Class B basketball championship game from the start and defeated Canton 80-62 for the title Saturday in Binghamton.

   Kameren Jackson led the way with 22 points to go with eight rebounds.

   The Warriors connected on four 3-pointers in the first quarter and seven in the first half as they broke to a 46-25 lead.

   Canton cut the lead to 10 points midway through the fourth quarter but could not deny Westhill its fifth state championship and fourth in eight seasons.

   Westhill advances to next weekend's Federation tournament semifinals in Glens Falls against The Dwight School, champions of the New York State Association of Independent Schools.

MP3 audio After a steady schedule of one or two games a week for much of the regular season and playoffs, the final weekend of the NYSPHSAA necessitates winning twice in 24 hours. Westhill coach Kevin King discusses that process and more following Saturday's state title game.
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       Class C final: Moravia captured the first basketball state championship in the school's history by defeating Lake George 54-39.

       Kaleb Stayton scored a game-high 17 points and Jordan Crossgrove added 12 for Moravia, which had lost to Lake George in the 2013 semifinals. Lake George was seeking its third title in five years.

       Moravia dominated the second quarter to take a 28-16 lead, then extended the margin to 13 points in the fourth quarter. Lake George, which was held to 32.7 percent shooting for the night, trimmed the margin to seven in the fourth quarter but could not get closer.

       Class D final: Tournament MVP Dylan Trombley finished with 20 points and five assists to pace Moriah to a 61-52 win over Newfield.

       A 10-2 run turned a two-point game into a 10-point Moriah lead with just over a minute left.

       Moriah was making its fourth straight appearance in the final four. The Vikings lost by 79-54 to Oriskany in last year's championship game.

       Quintel Clements led Newfield with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Greg Moravec added 17 points for the Trojans, who advanced to the final with a 65-62 win over Harrisville in two overtimes a day earlier.

       Class AA semifinals: Fairport rattled off the game's first 11 points, forced 13 first-half turnovers and went on to a 69-52 victory over Liverpool to move within a game of its first NYSPHSAA title.

       Fairport got a game-high 19 points by senior forward Cam Keeley, 18 from forward Ryan Algier and 16 by Dan Masino.

       Nahjeir Johnson was the only Liverpool player to reach double-figures with 15 points.

       "They jumped on us, we were a little bit out of sync, we couldn't get into our rhythm until later, the second quarter," Liverpool coach Ryan Blackwell said.

    MP3 audio The only blemish on Fairport's record through the Class AA semifinals was a 67-63 loss to Irondequoit -- which plays in Sunday's Class A title game -- on Jan. 4. Red Raiders coach Scott Fitch discusses the effects of that game on his team and the path to the final.
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        • After scoring just six points in the first quarter, Mount Vernon gained momentum and roared past Long Island champion Westbury 72-38 for its 11th straight victory.

       Mount Vernon senior Noah Morgan had 12 points, including a bank shot in the second quarter during a 7-0 run that helped carry the Knights to a 25-17 advantage at the half.

       Consecutive dunks by Morgan and seniors Jayquan Smith and Greg Calixte highlighted a 22-8 Mount Vernon run in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

       Mount Vernon returns to Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Sunday in pursuit of its 11th NYSPHSAA title. The Knights defeated Section 5 foes for three of those titles -- Rush-Henrietta Sperry in 1979, Greece Arcadia in 1981 and Aquinas in 2012.


       Class A semifinals: Irondequoit erased a deficit with a 12-0 run in the third quarter and eliminated Jamesville-DeWitt 68-56 in the early game of the Day 2 schedule at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

       Sophomore forward Gerald Drumgoole scored 23 points for the Eagles and Zach Stenglein had 19 points to go along with 10 assists to help set up a title game between two schools seeking their first NYSPHSAA Class A championships.

       J-D junior Buddy Boeheim finished with a game-high 25 points.

        • Kevin Townes scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half and came up with a key steal in the final stretch run to propel Our Lady of Lourdes past Southampton 70-67.

       Similar to what he did in the final seconds against Tappan Zee in the Section 1 final, Townes got up on the player he was defending, deflected the ball away and raced in alone for a fast-break layup to put Lourdes up by five with under two minutes to play.

       The Warriors led by one with 27 seconds when Southampton came up with a steal but missed a point-blank layup that Townes rebounded.

       James Anozie scored 25 points and freshman Aidan Hilderbrand added 21 points and five rebounds for Lourdes, which shot 15 of 17 from the free-throw line.

       PSAL championships: Arturo Sealy's putback with :01 to play gave Walton Campus a 58-57 victory over Brooklyn Law and Technology for the New York City public school Class A title.

       Walton rallied from a 55-51 deficit with :30.3 to play and still trailed by three after a Derek Smith 3-pointer cut it to 57-54 with :17.6 left. Andres Rivera turned it into a one-point game with a layup with :09.5 to go.

       Brooklyn Law and Technology was the tournament's top seed. Walton was seeded third.

       In Class B, Fannie Lou Hamer defeated South Bronx Prep 61-55.

       Tyree Morris made a floater for a 49-47 advantage with 1:57 left.

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