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Monday, March 17, 2014: Section 2 earns a split on final day of tourney

   Leading off today: Jamil Hood Jr. scored 18 points and Green Tech went to the free-throw line late to hold off Jamestown 54-49 in the NYSPHSAA Class AA boys basketball final Sunday in Glens Falls.

   Ramion Burt added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles, who broke open a 37-37 game by opening the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run that concluded a six-minute scoreless streak for Jamestown. The lead was just 51-49 with 11.9 seconds left, but Green Tech finished the job at the foul line. The Eagles made 9 of 12 free throws over the final :47.5.

   Zack Panebianco scored 20 points for Jamestown, which also got 11 points and 14 rebounds from Quinn Lee Yaw.

   Green Tech (19-5) has won 10 of 11 games since a 1-3 spell in midseason that included losses to large-school powers Long Island Lutheran, Mount Vernon and Albany Academy. LuHi and Albany Academy are both in next weekend's Federation tournament in Albany.

   "I don't even really know what to say other than we have come a long way," Hood, a Long Island University recruit, told The Record. "We've had some bumps in the road, but nobody gave up on each other and we fought our way here. It's the best feeling in the world."

   Earlier, Scotia-Glenville set up a Section 2 sweep of boys Sunday finals with a 66-44 win over Rochester East.

   Alex Sausville scored 26 points, including a tournament-record eight 3-pointers, and tournament MVP Joe Cremo added 23 points and seven rebounds for the Tartans, who outscored the Orientals 23-2 from late in the third quarter to the final buzzer.

   The Tartans finished 47 percent from the field. Cremo was 10-for-14 and Sausville 8-for-13.

   "It's history," Cremo told The Daily Gazette. "We're not going to forget this, ever."

   Sausville sank three of his 3-pointers and Cremo scored nine points during a 21-0 run launched by a Cremo three-point play.

   "We made shots and our defense stepped up," Sausville said. "All five guys stepped up."

   Said East coach Darrell Barley: "They shot 48 percent on threes. They played together. The best team won,"

   Girls finals: Section 2 took a pair of losses in Sunday girls action at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

   Romulus forced 15 first-half turnovers and scored 22

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points in the paint before halftime en route to a 47-40 victory against Fort Edward. Romulus led 27-19 at the half by limiting Fort Edward to 19 percent shooting.

   Tournament MVP Zoe McDonald and teammate Breanne Berlin led the Warriors with 13 points apiece.

   In Class C, Chautauqua Lake overpowered Hoosic Valley 47-36. A 12-4 second quarter put the winners up 23-14, and Chautauqua Lake stretched the margin to 11 in the third quarter.

   Ashton Albanesius led the way with 16 points and 17 rebounds in the season-ending win. Jenna Einink contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds.

   The Indians closed to 35-29 early in the fourth quarter, but Chautauqua Lake responded with a 7-0 run to pull away for good.

   Federation schedule: Sunday's boys games completed the field for the three boys and three girls classes in next weekend's Federation tournament in Albany.

   The Federation schedule was revised Monday to accommodate fans of an all-local Boys Class A semifinal.

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