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Sunday, March 11, 2018: Mohonasen continues resurgence, reaches semis

   Leading off today: Mohonasen started overtime on a 9-0 run and defeated Utica Notre Dame 76-71 in the NYSPHSAA boys Class A basketball quarterfinals Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College.

   "I just kept looking at the scoreboard, saying, 'Make foul shots,'" guard Duncan Tallman said after finishing with 25 points for the winners. "That's all we had to do."

   Mohonasen improved to 15-9, continuing a run that included winning seven of the last eight in the regular season, and advanced to next weekend's New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals vs. Ardsley in Binghamton.

   Mohonasen took a 59-56 lead as Tallman made one of two free throws with 1:04 left in regulation, but Notre Dame tied with a tip-in basket and a free throw with :06.6 left.

   Tallman started overtime with a layup off the tipoff, and two missed Notre Dame shots turned into Warriors free throws to make the lead to 64-59. Jalani Abdul-Aziz (18 points) made a layup, then Chase Monroe's free throws with 2:21 left turned it into a 68-59 advantage.

   Liverpool still perfect: Liverpool switched defenses and used a third-quarter run to defeat Shenendehowa 69-59 in the boys Class AA quarterfinals, earning a return trip to Binghamton.

   Liverpool will carry a 24-0 record into its semifinal vs. defending champion Mount Vernon.

   After falling behind 36-32, Liverpool went on an 18-3 run with the help of a switch to man-to-man defense to take a 50-39 lead into the fourth quarter.

   Charles Pride scored a game-high 25 points and Alan Willmes Jr. added 15.

   More NYSPHSAA boys: Savion Lewis had 21 points, seven assists and six steals as Half Hollow Hills East dispatched Uniondale 69-54 at SUNY Farmingdale.

   "I am a point guard first," Lewis said. "When I get my teammates involved, we win. We're not a one-man show at Hills East. This was a team effort."


   HHH East led 27-14 lead when Lewis found Kendall Nero-Clark for an alley-oop layup. Uniondale scored the final six points of the half to cut the deficit to 32-24, but the third quarter belonged to HHH East. Junior guard Shane Dean hit three 3-pointers to spark a 19-7 run as the Thunderbirds built a 53-33 lead.

    • In Class B, Mekeel Christian overcame a six-point deficit through three quarters to defeat Canton 53-47.

   Mekeel limited Canton to two baskets over the final eight minutes, and the Lions made 11 of 14 free throws over the final eight minutes.

   Deonte Holder and Carter Stewart each scored 16 points, Junior center Gideon Agbo added 11 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

   Tough conclusion to season: The homes of all 10 players lost power from the effects of a nor'easter on March 2, and Eldred managed only one practice ahead of a 51-29 loss to Delaware Academy in the Class D quarterfinals.

   "We still have people in town without power," coach Ryan Jasper said. "It was a very difficult week overall for our town. Some things in life are bigger than basketball. The community really rallied together to help everybody out. Unfortunately, preparation for the game had to go on the backburner."

   Delhi led 14-10 after the first quarter, then broke it open with a 12-3 second quarter. Brooke DeGiulio led the winners with 13 points and Rachel O'Hagen added 12.

   More NYSPHSAA girls: Junior guard Alaina Forbes scored 29 points to lead 25-0 Midlakes to a 70-60 victory over Fredonia in the Class B quarterfinals at Rush-Henrietta. Midlakes ended on a 10-0 run after Fredonia battled back to tie the score with 5 minutes to go.

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