New York High School March Madness

New York State Finals: Mt. Vernon Captures Record 9th Championship

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Mount Vernon Wins State Record 9th Championship In AA As Hinds Scores 26

Mount Vernon secured a record ninth New York state title in boys basketball Sunday with a 62-51 victory over Jamestown at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Jabarie Hinds, the co-Mr. New York Basketball and tournament MVP, scored 26 points and added five rebounds, five assists and four steals

Mount Vernon trailed Jamestown 11-3 in the first quarter of this Class AA title game; then slowly its senior leadership took over. Khalid Samuels, Hinds' senior backcourt mate, scored 17 points to go with three rebounds, two assists and three steals.

It was the fifth state championship victory for Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino, tying him with Peekskill's Lou Panzanaro and Jamesville-DeWitt's Bob McKenney for the most state titles won by a head coach.

Initially it looked like Mount Vernon (21-5) might not be able to break the record as Jamestown got off to a hot start, but seniors  Hinds and Samuels were able to slowly bring their team out of the hole. Hinds' 3-pointer gave Mount Vernon its first lead, 18-16, with just over a minute left in the first quarter. Mount Vernon would never trail again and slowly increased its lead to 33-30 at halftime and then 47-38 at the end of the third quarter.

For Jamestown (21-3), 6-foot-1 junior guard Jaysean Paige led the way with 21 points, six rebounds and three steals before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Joey Campion added 10 points and seven rebounds while Darin Butts had six points and eight assists.

Mount Vernon has played in 11 finals, winning nine of them. Jamestown was playing in its first final.

Mount Vernon is a historic school just north of New York City. Jamestown is a western New York town near Lake Erie and the Pennsylvania border.


Jamesville-DeWitt Earns 4th Consecutive Championship, Beats Harborfields 66-51 In Class A Final

Jamesville-DeWitt jumped to a 16-point lead in the first quarter and defeated Harborfields 66-51 in New York's Class A  final on Sunday afternoon at the Glens Falls Civic Center

It was the fourth straight state title for Jamesville-DeWitt, tying a state record.

Dajuan Coleman scored 22 pounts and had 16 rebounds and was named tournament most valuable player.

Jamesville-DeWitt (22-3) had control early, leading 25-9 after the first quarter and 40-20 at halftime.

Harborfields (21-3) had won its past 18 games, but Coleman and Cavanaugh (22 points) ended up being too much for the Greenlawn-based team.

Among those in attendance was University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari. His main interest was Coleman, according to Alex Kline of the Coleman will return with to Jamesville-DeWitt next season along with fellow junior Cavanaugh with the possibility to guide their team to a state record fifth straight championship.

Jamesville-DeWitt tied the state record for consecutive state titles with four, also held by Amityville (2000-03). Coincidentally, Amityville's head coach then and now, Jack Agostino, is the brother of Harborfields' head coach, Chris Agostino. The younger brother wasn't able to prevent the record-tying effort.

Nick Fessenden (18 points) and Matt McLeod (17 points) were Harborfields' leading scorers.


New York Class B: Burke Catholic Upends Top Seeded Potsdam

A year after losing in the state finals, Burke Catholic took home the New York State Public High School Athletic Association title Saturday night with a 62-52 win over previously unbeaten Potsdam at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Located in Goshen, Burke Catholic (22-2) returned three starters from a team that defeated Potsdam (25-1) in the semifinals last season.

In a game of momentum swings, Burke Catholic got off to a strong start, leading 14-6 after the first quarter and 29-17 at halftime.

Dante Cowart, the tournament MVP, scored six of the first eight points for Burke Catholic and finished with 22 points and seven rebounds.

The second half featured two runs by Potsdam, the first tying the game at 34-34.

Burke Catholic responded, stretching the lead to 48-40 before an 8-2 run by Potsdam pulled the Stoners to within two at 50-48.

In a knockout blow, Burke Catholic answered back, scoring 12 of the last 16 points to secure the victory, highlighted by a thunderous two-handed Brendan Miller slam following a steal with a little more than a minute remaining.

Besides the strong effort from Cowart, Burke Catholic got a stat-stuffing performance from Zach Rufer, who turned in a line of 14 points, eight rebounds, five steals, and three assists.

Zach Adams scored 19 points in the losing effort for Potsdam, which also received 17 points from John Coleman.


New York Class C: Friends Academy Survives Last-Second Chances By Syracuse Academy

Friends Academy won New York's Class C championship Saturday, holding on for a 46-44 victory after Syacuse Academy failed on a close-range shot in the final seconds at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Friends Academy (17-4), a school located on the north shore of Long Island, secured a critical 3-pointer from Tommy Costa with 1:26 remaining for a 45-43 lead it would not relinquish in a close contest that was tied at halftime, 22-22.

It was the second time in as many days an opponent held Syracuse Academy (22-3) well below its more than 78 points-per-game scoring average after putting up only 39 points Friday night in the semifinals against Greenwich, the team's lowest scoring output of the season.

Syracuse Academy struggled from the field on Saturday, hitting only 16 of 44 field-goal attempts nd nine of 21 from the free throw line. Syracuse Academy missed eight of 14 free throws in the final quarter. Friends Academy had the rebounding edge 45-26.

Friends Academy, which will take home the school's first basketball title, entered the game having already taken down the top two teams in Class C over the course of the tournament, including an overtime victory over top-ranked International Prep in the semifinals.

Costa finished with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and was named tournament MVP. T.J. Hefele, the son of Friends Academy's head coach, added 11 points and a late free throw, while Bennett Felder added 12 points.

Jamon Hadden led the way for Syracuse Academy, a charter school playing its first season in Class C and fifth overall. Ahmet Tunali, the Syracuse Academy center who is a 6-foot-7 exchange student from Turkey, was held to seven points and nine rebounds.


New York AA, A Finals: Mount Vernon To Play For Record 9th State Title

Mount Vernon will play for a record ninth New York state title on Sunday in the Class AA finals in Glens Falls.

Mount Vernon's opponent is Jamestown, which upset No. 1-ranked Christian Brothers Academy of Albany 61-56 in overtime Saturday.

Three-time defending champion Jamesville-DeWitt (21-3) plays Harborfields (21-2) in the Class A final Sunday.

Mount Vernon's star player is point guard Jabarie Hinds, a two-time Mr. New York Basketball. Hinds was held to 10 points and four rebounds Saturday in the semifinals, when Mount Vernon (20-5) beat Half Hollow Hills West 69-65.

Mount Vernon is tied with Bridgehampton for having the most boys state basketball titles in New York history with eight. Bridgehampton won its titles in Class D, the most recent in 1998.

Mount Vernon has seen six of its alumni play in the NBA, including Ben Gordon of the Pistons. Mount Vernon's most recent state title was in 2007.

On Saturday, Burke Academy (Class B), Friends Academy (Class C) and New York Mills (Class D) won titles in what officially is called the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA).

The champions of classes AA, A and B will advance to New York's Federation Tournament on March 25-27 in Albany.


New York Class D: NY Mills Remains Undefeated With 47-42 Victory Over Coleman Catholic

Winning its first basketball state title since 1982, New Yorks Mills defeated Coleman Catholic 47-42 to win Class D  on Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

A day before head coach Mike Adey's induction into the New York Basketball Hall of Fame, his Marauders finally broke through -- the team has now won 55 of its last 57 games, with both losses coming to the eventual state champions, including a loss last year to Maple Grove.

The No. 1-ranked team in Class D, New York Mills (24-0) trailed 6-2, but a 17-2 run spanning the first and second quarters resulted in a 22-14 advantage at the half.

Hurley's Coleman Catholic (13-10) was only able to trim one point off the halftime lead after three quarters, trailing 34-27.

A fourth-quarter surge sparked by back-to-back baskets from Coleman Catholic junior guard Benjamin Museda and senior center Chris Chatelain, the only returning starter from last year's state runner-up squad, closed the margin to four points with 1:16 left, but New York Mills held on.

Junior center Matt Welch led the way for the Marauders with 20 points. All-state senior forward Fred Russ added 17 points and 19 rebounds.

For Coleman Catholic, Chatelain led the way with 21 points.

The game was the first of three state finals in the New York State Public high School Athletic Association on Saturday. Later, Pottsdam (25-0) and Burke Catholic were to play in the Class B final, and Syracuse Academy and Friends Academy were playing in the Class C final.

On Sunday, there are finals in classes AA and A.


New York Boys Finals: Three Teams Will Win Titles Saturday, Two More on Sunday

New York will crown five boys state champions this weekend -- three on Saturday, two on Sunday -- at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

In Class AA, Christian Brothers Academy of Albany is 23-0 and ranked No. 1. Its top player is Cornell-bound Galac Cancer, who averages 13.1 points per game.

CBA will play Jamestown (19-3) in one semifinal while Half Hallow Hills West (18-5) faces Mount Vernon (19-5) in the other.

Mount Vernon is led by two-time Mr. New York Basketball Jabarie Hinds, who averages 20 points and has signed with West Virginia. HHH West counters with the speedy Tavon Sledge, an Iowa State-bound guard who averages 25 points per game. Sledge, only 5-foot-8, scored 46 in one overtime playoff victory.

In A, Jamesville-DeWitt (20-3) is the three-time defending champion but perhaps the underdog to No. 2-ranked Aquinas Institute of Rochester (22-1), which hasn't lost since its second game, in Saturday's semifinals. In the other semi, Byram Hills (18-5) faces Harborfields (20-2). Byram Hills is the feel-good story, making the final four for the first time since 1978.

Saturday's three finals are in B, C and D.

Potsdam (25-0) is favored in the Class B final. Its opponent will be Burke Catholic (22-2), which beat Pottsdam in the 2010 semifinals. Burke ousted defending champion Westhill in Friday's semifinals.

In Class C, Syracuse Academy (20-2), a science-based school known as the Atoms, is seeking its first state title in its fifth year as a varsity program. The team is led by Ahmet Tunaili, a 6-7 exchange student from Turkey. Syracuse Academy's finals oppoent is Friends Academy of Long Island (21-2).

In Class D, defending champion New York Mills (23-0) is No. 1. Coleman Catholic (13-9) beat the No. 2 team, Finney, in overtime in Friday's semifinals.

The champions of classes AA, A and B will advance to New York's Federation Tournament on March 25-27 in Albany.

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