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Sunday, March 18, 2018: South Shore scores historic PSAL sweep

   Leading off today: South Shore scored a PSAL first on Saturday by sweeping the large-school basketball finals at Barclays Center.

   The boys defeated Cardozo 78-66. The girls won their third consecutive championship with a 57-37 win over Murry Bergtraum.

   Both advance to next weekend's Federation Class AA semifinals in Glens Falls.

   Sekou Sylla scored 27 points and game MVP Femi Odukale added 18 points and six rebounds for the South Shore boys. Kareem May and Isaiah Richards contributed 12 points apiece, and Richards had 13 rebounds.

   The margin was 35-22 at the half and South Shore grew its lead to 28 points in the fourth quarter and substituted liberally late on the way to securing the trophy.

   Marcus Hammond led Cardozo with 21 points.

   In the girls game, Destiny Philoxy scored 18 points and Earlette Scott finished with 15 points, seven assists and nine rebounds.    South Shore finished the first half on a 10 -2 run to take a 27-18 advantage. Bergtraum closed to within three points in the second half before South Shore pulled away.

   Infinity Hammonds scored 14 points for Bergtraum.

   NYSPHSAA boys Class AA semis: Alan Willmes Jr. finished with a game-high 21 points to lead Liverpool to a 70-67 victory over defending champion Mount Vernon at Binghamton's Floyd L. Maines Veterans Arena.

   A 16-2 run to close the third quarter gave Mount Vernon a 53-52 lead, but Naz Johnson responded with five straight points for Liverpool. A free throw from Willmes and a 3-pointer by Noah Issakainen, who scored 10 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, kept the Warriors moving along, but Mount Vernon tied it at 61 with 2:33 left. Another three from Issakainen and two more by Willmes at the free-throw line put Liverpool ahead for good at 66-61.

   In the other semi, Savion Lewis celebrated his selection as New York's Mr. basketball a day earlier with 20 points, eight assists and nine rebounds as Half Hollow Hills East defeated McQuaid 82-66. Backcourt partner Julien Crittendon navigated foul trouble to finish with 20 points.

   "I know I'll be a point guard at the next level, so I definitely played a solid point guard game," said Lewis, alluding to his college role at Quinnipiac. "I concentrated on distributing the ball and getting my teammates involved."

   Center Kenny Mathurin (16 points, nine rebounds) began and ended a 13-0 run at the start of the third quarter with inside buckets as HHH East took command 53-32.

   Boys Class A: Ardsley, the winner of 12 straight games since an 8-7 start, defeated Mohonasen 61-56 by forcing 22 turnovers and riding junior Zeke Blauner's 26 points to advance to Sunday's title game against Amityville.

   Sean Casey made five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points after being blanked in the quarterfinals.


   Blauner, who had four steals, scored 17 of his 26 in the second half and allowed Ardsley to outscore the Mohonasen 18-2 off turnovers.

   Amityville toppled defending champion Irondequoit 52-42 as senior guard Josh Serrano scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, including back-to-back 3-pointers.

   "It's my time," Serrano said of his late-game heroics. "I'm capable of making shots like that."

   Added coach Gordon Thomas: "We didn't come up here just to visit. We've got some unfinished business."

   Girls Class AA: Down 13 points in the first quarter, Ossining method- ically worked its way back to a 65-50 victory over West Genesee at Hudson Valley Community College.

   The victory advanced the Pride to their sixth consecutive state final, a rematch with defending champion Baldwin. A win Sunday would give Ossining its fifth state title.

   Junior Aubrey Griffin finished with a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds in her first game back since injuring her left knee in the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals last Friday.

   Aziah Hudson piled up 30 points and University of Georgia recruit Donnetta Johnson finished with 11 points, six rebounds and five assists as Baldwin swept away Rochester's Bishop Kearney 65-49.

   Hudson and Jenna Annecchiarico each had four steals.

   The Bruins finished 15-for-18 on free throws, with Hudson perfect on six attempts.

   Girls Class D: Delhi scored the first 11 points, forced 29 turnovers and stormed to a 55-26 victory over Moriah.

   Delhi junior forward Anna Post had 13 points and nine rebounds, and senior guard Kaitlynn Finch finished with 13 points, five steals and three assists. Senior point guard Logan Bruce added 10 points, eight assists and five steals.

   Moriah junior guard Madison Olcott, who scored 33 points in a 54-43 win vs. Argyle, in the quarterfinals, was limited to four points on 2-for-9 shooting.

   Delhi's opponent in the final will be unbeaten Franklinville. The Panthers defeated Edwards-Knox 59-40 as Danielle and Allyson Haskell scored 19 and 18 points, respectively.

   Allyson Haskell made three 3-pointers in a second quarter that the Panthers started with an 11-0 run. The Franklinville lead at the half was 31-19.

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