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Sunday, March 16, 2014: Federation field taking shape

   Leading off today: I recapped the six New York State Public High School Athletic Association basketball finals held Saturday in a blog earlier today, but here's more basketball from around the state as the field for the Federation tournament next weekend in Albany continues to take shape:

   PSAL boys: Eulogio Medina scored 27 points to pace Washington Heights to its first Class A championship Saturday with a 57-54 victory vs. Bedford.

   Bedford, which trailed throughout, tied the game at 54 with 30 seconds left. Tyshawn Myles threw up a miss, but Medina was there to put back the game-winner with under :15 to go.

   Eddy Rafae Polanco finished with 11 points for Washington Heights, which is in just its fourth year.

   In Class B, Christopher Benjamin and Jevonte Wilson scored 14 points apiece to help Brooklyn Community to a 47-44 win over defending champion Fannie Lou Hamer for a berth in Albany.

   Wilson finished with 14 points and 18 rebounds.

   James Cooper's buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the third quarter started a 14-2 run for the winners.

   Fannie Lou Hamer counted with an 8-0 run and worked back within three points before running out of time.

   PSAL girls: Junior center Thalia Rodriguez scored 15 points and Martin Luther King Jr. held on for a 57-55 win over Port Richmond in the Class A championship game.

   MLK's 11-0 run made the lead 57-48 with :56 to go, but the Raiders closed the gap to 57-55 with :08 left. Shaliyah Graham missed two free throws on MLK's final possession, but Port Richmond could not get off another shot.

   In Class B, East Harlem Pride beat Brooklyn College Academy 49-41 as freshman center Daisha Davis scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half and forward Brashawnda Burrus finished the game with 13.

   "In the beginning of the year, she (Davis) was new to the program, but she's just gotten better and better," East Harlem coach Christopher Pace told The Daily News. "When she steps on the court, she's going to compete for 32 minutes. She's got an unbelievable future ahead of her."

   Senior point guard Shawde Jones scored nine of her 15

  
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points in the fourth quarter, including the front end of a 1-and-1 that put East Harlem up by seven midway through the period. BCA eventually fell behind by eight and never got closer.

   CHSAA boys: Holy Trinity ran off 15 straight points bridging the second and third quarters and sailed past Xavier 61-39 in the Class A final at Fordham University.

   It's the Titans' first state crown since 1980.

   In Class B, Regis earned its first state championship since 2005 and fifth overall by topping Lancaster St. Mary's 56-50.

   Junior Mike Cerone finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds for the Raiders. Charles Gavigian added 15 points.

   With Regis clinging to a one-point lead, the Raiders got two free throws from Gavigian and a lay-in by Cerone to go ahead 52-47 with 2:01 remaining. Cerone went 2-for-4 from the line in the final :33 to complete the victory.

   Coming up: We'll have the full Federation pairings for next weekend in Albany posted Sunday night.


  
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