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Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015: Top two large-school hoops teams fall in NYC

   Leading off today: Hofstra recruit Justin Wright-Foreman scored 27 points as a shorthanded H.S. for Construction upset Cardozo, the state's top-ranked large school, 71-63 on Saturday to earn the Queens borough championship Saturday.

   Construction, unranked this week, rallied from a 14-point deficit early in the third quarter.

   "It's hard to lose three times in a row to a team. So we just had to come out and play our hearts out," Wright-Foreman told MSG Varsity.

   Red Hawks senior guard Kyle Allman was perfect on 12 free throws and finished with 22 points to help the team overcome the absence of guard Wesley Nelson and sixth man Micaiah Goosby, both suspended for actions in school according to coach Cory Semper.

   Jordan Wright's layup tied the game at 61 with 3:09 remaining, and then Wright-Foreman scored six points down the stretch.

   "He's been our leader. We wouldn't be as good as we are without him," Semper said of Wright-Foreman. "We got a bunch of guys that are ready to be Robins and he could be Batman."

   More basketball: Thomas Jefferson now holds a 2-1 lead in its season series with Brooklyn rival Abraham Lincoln, beating the Railsplitters 76-73 on Saturday in the borough tournament championship game at Queens College.

   Lincoln is ranked second in the state in Class AA and Jefferson 12th this week.

   Jefferson junior Isiah Deas led the way with 24 points and Jaquan "Moses" McKennon chipped in with 17.

   "Jaquan is the driver of this championship bus," Deas told The Daily News. "We call him Moses because once he's going, everybody just follows his lead."

   Jefferson's Rasheem Dunn hit a layup with 1:30 to play to put the Orange Wave up 70-69 -- its first lead since the first quarter. The teams then traded layups and McKennon hit two free throws to extend the lead to three with :30 left. The Railsplitters' Jahlil Tripp hit a short jumper, but McKennon hit Rasheem Dunn for a fast-break layup with three ticks left to wrap up Jefferson's first borough title since 2012.

   "Lincoln's a great team, and hopefully I get the chance to play them for a fourth time (in the PSAL playoffs), but I'm not looking forward to it," Jefferson coach Lawrence Pollard said.

    • In the Bronx borough championship game, third-ranked Wings Academy defeated John F. Kennedy 68-53 as senior forward Jessie Govan scored 20 points.

   Alumni news: Brycen Spratling, a 2010 Webster Schroeder graduate who won a state outdoor 400 title in his only season of track and field, set a world record in the men's indoor 500 meters, clocking 1:00.06 during the Millrose Games at the Armory in New York City.

   "I honestly felt like I relaxed a little bit too much early on in the race," he said. "So when I saw the time, I was disappointed, I really wanted to run 59 seconds. But if that's the best time ever run in the world, then I'm OK with it."

   More Millrose: Port Jefferson's James Burke won the battle of bell-lap kicks and captured the New Balance High School Mile at the 108th Millrose Games in 4:11.25, edging Jeremy Spiezio (4:12.09) of Greenwich and Mike Brannigan (4:12.69) of Northport.

   "You never know with Brannigan," Burke said of his Section 11 rival. "He could have ran a 24-second last lap for all I know. When I saw him go, I just wanted to stick around as close to him, feel it out, wait for my time, and that's what I did."

   Catherine Pagano of Northern Highlands, N.J., won the girls mile in 4:50.66.

   Big day for Hilton: Hilton sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis stands four wins from his third straight NYSPHSAA wrestling championships after highlighting a 5-for-5 performance by the Cadets in Section 5 Division I finals Saturday.

   Diakomihalis earned an 18-5 major decision over Victor sophomore Mike Venosa in the 120-pound final -- and came away disappointed he couldn't pull off the technical fall.

   "Wrestling is like a science and Yianni loves studying it," Hilton coach Craig Gross told the Democrat and Chronicle. "That's what puts him head and shoulders above his competition. I don't have to motivate him. He motivates me. He motivates other kids."

   Diakomihalis is 44-0 this season and 138-0 since the start of eighth grade.

   New York Wrestling News has the rundown of the Division I and Division II qualifiers from across the state.

   Extra points Fort Edward point guard Chris Boucher scored 53 points Friday vs. Hadley-Luzerne, but he also left some points on the table. Normally a 63-percent shooter from the free-throw line, Boucher went just 9-for-20 from the stripe, The Post-Star reports.

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