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Friday, Jan. 4, 2013: Lincoln downs South Shore in PSAL hoops

   Leading off today: Abraham Lincoln took control of first place in the PSAL Brooklyn AA division on Thursday with a 73-62 boys basketball win over South Shore.

   South Shore began the week ranked No. 11 and Lincoln was No. 12 in Class AA according to the New York State Sportswriters Association. (Full rankings)

   Elijah Davis, a transfer from St. Patrick, registered a team-high 20 points, and Lincoln junior Isaiah Whitehead finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and one pointed remark aimed at South Shore standout Terrence Samuel, who has committed to continuing his career in the Big East next season but was limited to one point.

   I never thought he was that good for our team to really worry about him, Whitehead told the New York Daily News. I just dont think that hes that good. I know what everyone says, hes going to UConn and all that, but I just dont believe it.

   Samuel attributed the comments to on-court rivalries, both personal and between the teams.

   We dont like each other, Samuel said of Whitehead. Its something that started this summer with the competition and playing against each other. But we just dont get along.

   Lincoln coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton lauded Samuel. Hes a great player, Morton said. "Maybe hes not playing up to his potential right now but hes very talented.

   Some free advice: Hey, Isaiah Whitehead, you're very young and very talented. You'll have your choice of colleges during the November signing period and you may very well reach the NBA a few years down the road.

   For the moment, however, you're just a week removed from an 0-for-11 game with five turnovers during a loss in a Binghamton holiday tournament.

   Put a sock in it, son.

   Fairport still perfect: Fairport, ranked fourth in Class AA, confirmed its status as the top boys basketball team in Section 5 by rolling past No. 13 Bishop Kearney 59-45 to improve to 8-0.

   Fairport made eight 3-pointers, six in the first half, and built a 14-point lead early in the second quarter against the Kings (2-3), who continue to play without 6-foot-10 Syracuse recruit Chinonso Obokoh (foot injury).

   We havent really shot it well this season, Fairport coach Scott Fitch told the Democrat and Chronicle. I dont think we killed it, there were some stretches that made it look like it was more than it was."

   Fairport senior guard Brian Sortino led all scorers with

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18 points.

   Kearney's schedule doesn't get any easier. The Kings play this weekend at West Point against Mount Vernon.

   School superlatives: Needing 11 points to break Mohawks career scoring record, Carson Murphy scored 30 Thursday during a 71-40 boys basketball win over Herkimer. John LeClair, a 2009 graduate, held the mark of 1,327.

   Shanice Allen is the new girls scoring leader at Riverhead after scoring 36 in a 72-50 win over Centereach. Allen has 1,208 points, surpassing the 1,195 by Felicia Hobson in 1991.

   Rye squeaks by: Junior forward Connor McGovern cashed in a turnover three minutes into overtime, giving Rye a 6-5 hockey win over White Plains.

   Rye is ranked third in the state in Division II.

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