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Monday, March 5, 2018: Millbrook knocks S.S. Seward from ranks of unbeatens

   Leading off today: We're down to six unbeaten boys basketball teams in the state -- and the number very nearly slipped to five on Sunday.

   Millbrook made nine 3-pointers in the first half and 12 for the game to earn a 62-41 win over previously perfect S.S. Seward in the Section 9 Class C championship game at Mount Saint Mary's.

   Jake Daly scored 20 of his 22 points over the first three quarters for the winners. Millbrook took a 21-10 lead after one quarter and was ahead 24-14 when it kicked into a higher gear and finished 9-for-15 from behind the arc in the half.

   "They were just knocking down shots," Seward standout John Guerra said. "When you are shooting like 70 percent from the 3-point line, how are you going to stop that? It gets a little crazy."

   Millbrook moves on to play Alexander Hamilton in the first round of the NYSPHSAA tournament Tuesday at Beacon High School.

    • In the Section 3 Class AA final, unbeaten Liverpool fought off Syracuse Nottingham 67-63 at the Carrier Dome.

   Senior Charles Pride scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the third quarter of his fourth consecutive championship team -- two with Syracuse CBA and two at Liverpool.

   Nottingham, which lost twice to Liverpool by a combined 38 points during the regular season, went on a 14-0 run late in the first half to take a one-point lead. Liverpool never led by more than five in the second half until the closing moments.

   Alan Willmes Jr. scored 18 points for the Warriors, including eight in the final quarter.

   Liverpool improved to 23-0. The state's other unbeatens are Lake George (24-0), Pembroke (23-0), Moriah (23-0), West Seneca West (23-0) and Garden City (22-0).

   CHSAA highlights: Christ the King built a 12-point lead in the second half and then held on for a 59-55 win over St. Peter's in the CHSAA Class AA quarterfinals.

   Senior Tyson Walker scored 22 points, and junior Kofi Cockburn had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Royals.

   A Jordan Fox 3-pointer with 1:21 left pulled St. Peter's with 54-51. But Walker found Cockburn inside to restore the lead to five and give Christ the King breathing room.

   "We needed to make a conscious effort to play every possession like it was out last possession," Royals coach Joe Arbitello stated. "Against St. Peter's every possession is so crucial that you need to do everything right."


    •Archbishop Molloy is only 15-12, but the Stanners have been dangerous all season, a fact reinforced with a 68-61 win over Iona Prep. Junior guard Cole Anthony finished with 21 points and eight rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

   Suffolk title games: With Section 11's tournament championships already decided, there was one boys and one girls game remaining to determine overall Suffolk County winners.

   Josh Serrano scored 14 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Class A Amityville earned a 77-69 win over Class

AA Half Hollow Hills East for its first overall title since 2013.

   Serrano hit a 3-pointer and a layup off a steal to erase a 60-56 fourth-quarter deficit and give the Warriors the lead for good at 61-60. Jayson Robinson (20 points, eight steals) extended the lead with a steal and layup.

   Amityville (24-1) will meet Garden City in the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals Saturday.

   In the girls final, Commack rallied from 20 down with 1:03 left in the third quarter to edge Hauppauge 52-48.

   The Cougars outscored Hauppauge 30-6 in the final 9:03 for their second overall crown in three years.

   "We're really never out of a game," coach Denis Conroy said. "We were down 21 in the fourth quarter last year and came back for a win We beat Longwood at the buzzer, edged Brentwood by two points for a comeback win. Nothing surprises me with these girls."

   Extra points: Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball coach Nick O'Neil expects to step down from the position after the current season, his fouth at the school, The Buffalo News reported.

   The Hawks won the Monsignor Martin Association Class A title for the fifth straight year on Saturday by beating Sacred Heart 62-46.

   "This one was a special one for me, because it's probably my last season for coaching this basketball team," he said. "This (championship) means the most."

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