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Monday, Jan. 20, 2020: Brentwood dominates early, beats Baldwin

   Leading off today: Brentwood pounced on Baldwin early and rolled to a 71-52 boys basketball victory Sunday in the sixth annual Richard Brown Nassau-Suffolk Challenge.

   Baldwin is ranked seventh and Brentwood 10th in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

   Brentwood broke to a nine-point lead 3½ minutes into the game and was up 17 entering the second quarter.

   Brentwood junior swingman Jordan Riley scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Senior guard Amari Isaacs had 17 points.

   "We love games like this, with all the hype," Isaacs said. "We come dead-set to get to a fast start and that's what we did today. (Baldwin) never stopped coming at us, but we had that lead to work with."

   No. 1 team falls: Elmont took out Long Island's last remaining unbeaten boys team with a 66-51 victory over Class B No. 1 Center Moriches.

   "We knew every team is beatable," Elmont senior guard Isiah Barnes said after his team broke open a close game with a 24-2 run. "We've been building toward something like this and it's like we've hit our stride. We keep getting better and better."

   Barnes contributed had 17 points and five assists, and Gus Louis scored 14 points and Jayden Rayford had 11.

   Impressive Cambridge win: It's pretty hard to wow folks when you're already ranked No. 1 in the state in your class, but the Cambridge girls basketball team found a way Saturday by beating Baldwin 67-63 in triple overtime.

   Cambridge is the defending NYSPHSAA champion in Class C. Baldwin entered the Rose Classic Super Jam contest at Canarsie High School ranked No. 25 in the state in Class AA.

   Sophie Phillips scored 22 points and Fiona Mooney added 17 points to go with 12 rebounds to lead the Indians. Sophomore Stasia Epler chipped in with 11 points and nine rebounds.

   Epler's 3-pointer tied the score at 49-49 to send the game into overtime, and Cambridge outlasted Baldwin.    "It was back and forth the entire game -- they're very athletic, they pressed us the entire game," Cambridge coach Bob Phillips said. "We got the ball with 10 seconds left in regulation. We had a play break down, but we switched to a different one. Stasia Epler got open at the top of the key and she shot it -- it bounced once, twice and went in to tie the game.

   "It was like a heavyweight fight -- whoever was going to be left standing at the end. We didn't play particularly well, we only made half of our free throws and we had 18 turnovers."

   More Saturday OT basketball: Bishop Loughlin trailed for the entire game but before forcing overtime and edging Jamesville-DeWitt 63-59.

   Bishop Loughlin is ranked 13th in the state in Class AA and J-D is No. 9 in Class A.

   Sophomore Ariel Jackson (33 points) hit a 3-pointer to force overtime as part of her streak of 22 consecutive Lions points beginning midway through the fourth quarter.

   "You can't rush growth because growth comes in time but you saw it today that Ariel is becoming a killer out there," Loughlin coach Phinnigan Edwards said.


   Saturday boys action: Zechariah Harris-Scott finished with 34 points, including the game-winning shot from the right block with 2.3 seconds left as Rochester East edged Park School 82-80 in overtime.

   Park School entered the game ranked third in Class A and East was No. 8.

   There were 18 lead changes and four ties, including Kai McCullough's free throw that tied the game at 69 at the end of regulation. The lead changed hands six times in the last 3:59 of regulation, including John Orugun's three-point play that gave Park a 69-67 lead

   "We played through adversity and persevered," East coach Darrell Barley said.

   Fabulous fundraising: The Pembroke girls basketball team closed the books this weekend on its annual charity drive at

the annual "Shooting For A Cure" game, and the final haul was stunning: $32,520.20 earmarked for research efforts at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

   In exceeding its $30,000 goal, the Pembroke team has now raised more than $150,000 in nine years.

   The drive has its origin in support for the wife of coach Ron Funke, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

   "Some of the girls on the team wanted to do something for (Toni Funke) and for me," Funke said. "And it was $4,000 and now it's basically taking on a life of its own as shown by the $32,000 we made this year. So, growth? Wow."

   This is beyond words: Two North Carolina wrestlers were resetting in the middle of the mat on Saturday when one of their fathers came flying out of the stands to tackle his son's opponent during a tournament at A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis.

   Barry Lee Jones was charged with simple assault and processed at Cabarrus County Jail with his bond set at $1,000. The incident took place after Jones' son was driven to the mat while competing for Harrisburg (N.C.) Hickory Ridge High. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association said that the referee called the move illegal, but Jones was already rushing from the stands to tackle the Southeast Guilford wrestler.

   Extra points: Clarence senior Aiden Rabideau captured his fourth ECIC tournament title with a 6-1 finals decision over Devin Collins in the 145-pound title match Saturday. In doing so, Rabideau posted his 200th career victory joining only Nate Schwab (204) in the Red Devils program 200 wins club.

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