Leading off today:
Two days after their respective girls teams played a thriller that came down to the final buzzer, the Christ the King and Long Island Lutheran boys met on the court Monday in another nail-biter. And Christ the King made it a sweep, earning a 57-55 victory
courtesy of two free throws by junior Kofi Cockburn with 4.8 seconds to play.
LuHi began the week ranked third and the Royals seventh in Class AA according to the New York State Sportswriters Association. (Latest rankings here.)
Sophomore Quaran McPherson led the winners with 16 points. Moussa Cisse, a 6-foot-10 freshman, had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the 6-foot-11 Cockburn chipped in with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Etienne paced LuHi with with 16 points, two more than Frankie Policelli.
Down four with :52.6 to go, CK's Cockburn drew the fifth foul on Policelli and made both free throws. Following a LuHi miss, CK's Ryan Myers was also fouled and knocked down his two free throws. After the Crusaders inbounded, gathered in a loose ball leading to his being fouled.
More boys basketball: Being 6-foot-8 indisputably has its advantages in Class C basketball. But at the end of the day, you still have to get the job done.
Owen Kennedy met that obligation -- and then some. Senior center Owen Kennedy finished with 31 points and 33 rebounds as Cooperstown defeated Unadilla Valley 64-52. Kennedy's wok including 17 offensive rebounds.
"Owen was picking up every miss," Cooperstown coach David Bertram said.
More boys basketball: In a big North Country confrontation, Matt Rector recorded career highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds in sparking Ogdensburg Free Academy to a 63-45 win over Canton. Mecci Johnson scored 16 points off the bench for the unbeaten Blue Devils.
• The five No. 1 teams remain unchanged in the new NYSSWA rankings. Our regional rankings for New York City and Long Island are also updated.
Roy C. Ketcham mourns: Wappingers School District staff and students were stunned Monday when Julia Eurillo died, apparently of a heart attack, Wappingers Superintendent Jose Carrion told the Poughkeepsie Journal. She was 47.
Eurillo worked in a variety of roles in the district over 17 years. She was a special education teacher at Roy C. Ketcham as well as the school's head cheerleading coach, a track and field coach and an announcer at other sporting events. She had previously worked at John Jay High School in East Fishkill.