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John Moriello's NYSSWA blog
Monday, March 21, 2011: Record day for J-D, Mount Vernon basketball teams
   Leading off today: There was more quality action on the court Sunday in Glens Falls as the NYSPHSAA boys basketball tournament wrapped up with the large school finals and Mount Vernon and Jamesville-DeWitt made some history:

   • J-D won Class A for the fourth straight year, matching Class B Amityville from 2000-03.

   • J-D's championship was the fifth for coach Bob McKenney. Two hours later, Mount Vernon's Bob Cimmino won his fifth. That ties them with Lou Panzanaro at Peekskill for the state boys basketball record.

   • Mount Vernon won its ninth championship in the 34-year history of the event, breaking a tie with Bridgehampton. Jamesville-DeWitt takes sole possession of third place with six trophies.

   Class AA: Bob Cimmino gave Jabarie Hinds the silent treatment Saturday night. The coach wasn't upset with his star guard. Rather, he knew the West Virginia recruit well enough to give him room after a so-so performance in the semifinals vs. Half Hollow Hills West.

   "Someone said, 'Jabarie didn't have a stellar game yesterday. You've got to talk to him,' said Cimmino, in his 17th season as the head coach. "I don't talk to him. I congratulate him a little when he has a great game, (otherwise) I just leave him alone. He's taught me that he's strong enough to do that."

   Good call. Hinds was superb against Jamestown, scoring 16 points in the first half and finishing with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The Knights capped the tournament with a 62-51 victory and Hinds proved a worthy heir to the likes of Scooter and Rodney McCray and Ben Gordon.

   "It was pressure, but I played through it and played hard," Hinds said. "I let the game come to me. It worked."

   For what it's worth, Hinds did get a pep talk of sorts from some of the Mount Vernon faithful who made the trip upstate.

   "Everyone from home was telling me yesterday I'd better come home with the 'chip,'" he said, laughing.

   Hinds' heroics advanced Mount Vernon to next weekend's season-ending Federation tournament in Albany. The Knights will play Boys & Girls for the right to meet Christ the King for the championship.

   Class A: The tournament played out about how it was supposed to: Jamesville-DeWitt toyed with the opposition in the first half of its games, snuffed out threats in the second half and presented coach McKenney with his fifth state championship.

   "They’re all sweet. I could never pick between any of them,’’ McKenney said. "You graduate kids every year. You have kids who didn’t get to play one year have a chance to become a part of it the next.

   With Kentucky coach John Calipari watching from courtside, 6-foot-9 Dajuan Coleman nailed two 3-pointers en route to 22 points to go with 16 rebounds as the Red Rams defeated Harborfields 66-51 in the final. Forward Tyler Cavanaugh added 22 points and 13 rebounds.

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       A day earlier, Coleman scored 17 in the first half and 19 overall on 9-for-12 shooting as J-D defeated Aquinas. That game drew considerably tighter after the Red Rams raced to a 20-8 lead, but Aquinas opened the door for other threats by double- and triple-teaming Coleman after the half.

       Harborfields also fell far back early before chipping away in the second half. But J-D went on another run in the fourth quarter, capped by Coleman's 3-pointer to make it 64-37.

       Afterward, Coleman referred to the Civic Center as "My second home."

       McKenney said the hardest part about defending every year may be managing expectations.

       "We win a sectional championship and everybody is so matter of fact,’’ he said. "They forget that winning the sectionals is a great accomplishment in and of itself.’’

       A weekend of sorrow: As much as this was a time to celebrate champions, we were also reminded on several fronts that sports are games but life is real. And in real life we sometimes find sorrow.

       I mentioned yesterday that Carmen Congelli, a Marlboro star softball player, died Saturday after a long battle with rhabomyosarcoma, a cancer of the soft tissue.

       And more bad news arrived after that.

       In New York City, Beacon High is mourning the death of senior second baseman John Fernando, who fell six stories from a rooftop in Forest Hills during a birthday party, friends and FDNY officials said. He was 17.

       The Blue Demons scrimmaged Susan Wagner on Staten Island on Saturday hours after learning of the tragedy.

       Upstate, Pittsford Mendon sophomore distance runner Molly Thomas died Friday, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

       "She seemed like the perfect kid. For something like this to happen is so tragic," said Jason DeJoy, the track and cross-country team coach.

       The school district notified the community on its website. The cause of death has not been disclosed, though Thomas has been ill earlier in the week, her coach said.

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