Leading off today:
Mike Holohan certainly got the most of his 18 points Monday in a 78-77 victory.
The New Paltz senior forward made a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to force overtime, converted a layup layup with :02.1 to go in the first OT to tie again and made a layup with :14.6 to play in the second OT to bring on yet another extra session that finally subdued Saugerties for the Section 9 boys Class A basketball championship.
"I'm drained," Holohan said. "I left it all on the court and it paid off. Now, we have something else to work for tomorrow."
Holohan's clutch plays helped New Paltz overcome 39 points by Saugerties eighth-grader Dior Johnson, who fouled out in the first overtime. New Paltz junior Casey Burke had a team-high 23 points.
Kevin Murphy's free throw 15 seconds into the third overtime was the only point scored in the extra session.
• Saugerties' Johnson said on social media Tuesday that he will be attending Montverde Academy in Florida for his freshman year.
It had been widely assumed that he didn't intend to stay at Saugerties, though the timing of the announcement may have surprised.
"I've been recruited by this prep school since I was 12 years old," he said in the posting. "I'll be playing with my good friend which is good sign of me being comfortable ... this is the best place for me to become a better Young Man and great 'STUDENT-Athlete.'"
Last month, Johnson became the first New York boy to reach 1,000 career points before his freshman year. Johnson finishes his stay at Saugerties with 1,098 points.
Unbeaten run ends: Junior guard Miles Brown scored six of his 39 points in the final two minutes as Northstar Christian defeated Pembroke 80-72 for the Section 5 Class C-1 championship.
Pembroke had carried a 23-0 mark into the contest and got double-digit scoring from each of its five senior starters. But Northstar's Brown was 13 of 20 from the field, including 4 of 7 on 3-pointers. He also had 5 assists and 4 steals.
State tourney opener: J.P. Harding's steal any layup with :16 to play wrapped up Bridgehampton's 50-48 win over Livingston Manor in the first round of the NYSPHSAA boys Class D basketball tournament at Suffolk County CC-Brentwood.
Harding finished with 14 points.
Allan Ward's 3-pointer with :01.7 remaining cut Bridgehampton's lead to 50-48, and the Wildcats fouled on the inbound pass. Both free throws were missed, but Livingston Manor was unable to get off a shot before the final buzzer.
Fair punishment? A procedural error related to a charity game that raised $800 for the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network has resulted in two Section 1 boys basketball coaches being hit with suspensions to be served as the start of next season.
The penalty, reported last week by OutSports.com, raises questions about whether the punishment was merited. And, if so, was it even dished out to the right people?
Somers coach Chris DiCintio and openly gay Yonkers Saunders coach Anthony Nicodemo were assessed the suspensions by Section 1 for the Pride On The Court contest played Jan. 20 at Sarah Lawrence College, the website reported last week.
Section 1 determined that Saunders AD Jim Rose did not submit the proper paperwork to host the event at the college and have it supported by Nike, but Nicodemo contends Rose received verbal approval prior to the game from Jen Simmons, the section's executive director.
"My athletic director is tremendous with rules and regulations," Nicodemo said. "So having (Simmons) tell him he doesn't have to put in any paperwork, and then a month later says he had to put in paperwork, that puts us into a difficult spot here."