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Sunday, March 27, 2011: L.I. Lutheran wins Class A over unbeaten St. Mary's
   Leading off today: Long Island Lutheran opened the third quarter on a 14-0 run and rolled past previously undefeated Manhasset St. Mary's 78-51 Saturday in the Federation Class A boys basketball final in Albany.

   LuHi (22-4) outscored St. Mary's 20-7 in the third quarter and 46-16 in the second half en route to its second championship in three years. St. Mary's (29-1) won 57-55 when the teams met Jan. 13 in Brookville.

   The decisive streak to open the second half was a team effort that began with Shaun Lawton's layup, and K.J. Lee followed with a fast break bucket for a 36-35 lead. Mike Florin made a basket, Achraf Yacoubou converted an alley-oop from Lawton, Brandon Alford made a 3-pointer and Florin added another trey.

   Yacoubou, who was selected the tournament MVP, and Florin scored 18 points apiece. Yacoubou also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

   Mount Vernon advances: Senior guards Jabarie Hinds and Khalid Samuels combined for 35 points, and Randy Stephens added 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench as NYSPHSAA champion Mount Vernon moved into the Class A final in Albany with a 70-63 victory vs. short-handed Boys & Girls.

   The Knights will play Christ the King on Sunday in the boys final.

   Boys & Girls was without seven players suspended for academic reasons at the beginning of the week.

   "We were playing today as if their whole team was there," Hinds told The Journal News. "They could've come out and beat us today. Anything can happen."

   Class B final: Connor Huff’s putback at the buzzer carried Collegiate over Salesian 48-46 in the Federation Class B final at the Times Union Center.

   Kevin Punter's baseline jumper with 16 seconds left had tied the score at 46 for Salesian.    “It’s almost am I dreaming? Did this really happen?” Punted told The New York Post. “I’d rather lose by 10 points than a buzzer beater.”

   Girls preview: The much-anticipated Class AA final between Nazareth and Murry Bergtraum will take place Sunday afternoon, thanks to Bergtraum's 58-49 victory over Cicero-North Syracuse.

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       “They have no weaknesses,” Bergtraum coach Ed Grezinsky told The New York Post. “They’re a team with no weaknesses. We’re definitely the underdog and we look forward to the challenge.”

       Cori Coleman led the Lady Blazers with 18 points and Shaniqua Reese added 12 points and 23 rebounds. Breanna Stewart and Kelsey Mattice scored 16 points apiece for C-NS.

       C-NS had a 40-30 lead midway through the third quarter wiped out by a 10-0 run.

       Girls finals: Carolyn Gallagher scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Archbishop Molloy's 53-48 win over Peekskill in Class A. It's the Stanners' third Federation crown and first since consecutive titles in 2003-04.

       Molloy was down 28-22 midway through the third quarter before making a 16-3 run that included eight straight by Gallagher, who shot 11-of-15 from the free-throw line.

       Asia Jackson led Peekskill with 15 points and Tasia Nolan and Jazmin Garcia each had 14 points.

       In Class B, Long Island Lutheran rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter and edged Irvington 59-57. Down 53-41, the Crusaders scored 13 straight points and 17 of 19.

       Extra points: Morristown AD and girls basketball coach Elisha DeJesus has taken a job teaching physical education in Hartford, Conn., closer to her hometown. DeJesus, the 1999 Miss Basketball recipient in Connecticut, arrived at Morristown in 2004.

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