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Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013: PSAL football star Ogundeko picks Clemson

   Leading off today: Ebenezer Ogundeko became the 13th New York senior to commit to a BCS football school, announcing Friday that he will sign a letter of intent next month with Clemson.

   The Brooklyn Thomas Jefferson linebacker picked the Tigers over Syracuse, having briefly been a UConn commit over the summer before an avalanche of interest caused him to re-evaluate. He will enroll for the spring semester this month.

   “It was pretty close, a lot of people convinced me (for SU), but at the end of the day it’s a business and I have to do what I have to do,” he told NEXT/ “I had to keep all these people off my mind, people that just met me this year just trying to convince me and trying to get close to me."

   Big numbers: One shudders to think what Argyle's Joey Lufkin could have accomplished Friday had he played beyond the middle of the third quarter. The 5-foot-9 senior scored 28 points in the first quarter and 54 for the game during a 96-47 Adirondack League boys basketball victory over Whitehall.

   Lufkin, averaging 33.6 points per game, made eight of his 13 3-point attempts en route to the school's single-game record.

   Meanwhile, Saniya Chong took a first-quarter bagel in No. 1 Ossining's Class AA girls basketball showdown with No. 8 Christ the King. She made up for it late, however, pouring in 29 of her 46 points in the fourth quarter of an 89-84 victory.

   Chong had been feeling ill early and was nauseous at halftime. “I talked to her one-on-one during a timeout,” Pride coach Dan Ricci told The Journal News, “and I said, ‘Girl, your teammates are playing their hearts out for you. You need to step up. You’ve just got to take this game over.’ And she did.”

   Eighth-grader Andra Espinoza-Hunter scored 18 points behind five 3-pointers in front of UConn coach Geno Auriemma. Christ the King’s Sierra Calhoun and Kollyns Scarbrough connected for 30 points apiece.

   More Section 2 boys action: It was a newsy day in Section 2 boys basketball beyond Lufkin's scoring rampage.

   Albany Academy, ranked 20th in Class AA, held Collegiate to 2-for-15 shooting in the fourth quarter and defeated the state's top-ranked Class B squad 52-43.

   Earlier in the day, Watervliet forfeited five victories for using a player who lived outside district boundaries to drop to 0-7, then came out to beat Mechanicville 52-49 on senior guard Jordan Gleason's 19 points. Watervliet was ranked eighth in Class B to begin the week.

   More girls basketball: A showdown between two 7-0 Class D teams from the Adirondack League in Section 2 turned out to be a mismatch as No. 3 Fort Edward dominated No. 8 Fort Ann 64-39.

   Senior Taylor Boucher and sophomore Alexis Thomas scored 17 points apiece to offset 21 by Jordan Aubin in a losing cause.

   And then there was one: Whereas there are still four unbeaten boys basketball teams in Section 5 Class C alone (and four more in other classes), there is just one unblemished record left on all of Long Island according to Newsday.

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   There were three unbeatens as of New Year's Day, but Kellenberg fell to Holy Trinity on Wednesday and Central Islip was knocked off by Bay Shore the following night. That left Northport as the last team standing, with 6-9 center Luke Petrasek swatting away eight shots Friday during a win vs. Walt Whitman.

   Boost for Pathways? The New York State Sportswriters Association's Joe Glus informed me this week that the Class A boys basketball landscape may change dramatically in New York City (and the state), with the possible return of a major force.

   Glus confirmed that 6-7 Jordan Washington, a first-team all-state pick a year ago for Pathways Prep, has been back in school since late November after attending a prep school earlier in the semester. A source familiar with PSAL basketball told me it's not a certainty that he'll be reinstated, but Washington would be a difference maker if he's allowed back on the court after having academic issues last season on the way to averages of more than 21 points and 14 rebounds.

   Pathways was moved up to Class A this season and has climbed to 13th in the state, losing only to No. 1 Springfield Gardens.

   Schedule reminder: The semifinals of the Union-Endicott Duals are slated for 11 a.m. Sunday, followed by the wrestling tournament's championship at 2 p.m.

   In Saturday action, Sachem East and Clarence got off to 2-0 starts in their pools. has all the results and will blog Sunday's action live.

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