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Tuesday, March 3, 2015: Ossining wins fifth straight Sec. 1 championship

   Leading off today: Down eight at the half with two starters saddled with three fouls, Ossining rallied to a 78-61 win over Our Lady of Lourdes on Monday for its fifth straight Section 1 girls Class AA basketball championship.

   The Pride outscored the Warriors by 52-27 in the second half, with forward Jalay Knowles scoring 17 of her 25 points in the third quarter after picking up three first-quarter fouls.

   Ossining is the first girls program in section history to win five consecutive Class AA titles. The Pride have won 65 consecutive games against Section 1 opponents dating to Feb. 4, 2011.

   "I remember sitting in the stands and watching Sue Adams and White Plains win four in a row, and I thought that was amazing and it would never be done again," Ossining coach Dan Ricci told The Journal News. "Now the fact that we've won five (in a row), it's mind-numbing, it really is."

   Brentwood advances: Jamel Allen scored 11 of his 17 points in the first quarter and Ali Mableton scored 18 as Brentwood defeated Half Hollow Hills West 80-60 for the Section 11 Class AA boys basketball championship Monday.

   Brentwood, ranked sixth in the state, won its second straight county title and advanced to Friday's Suffolk overall championship game against small-school champion Southampton. Brentwood will play for the Long Island Class AA championship on March 14 vs. the winner of Saturday's Baldwin-Uniondale game. The Long Island Class AA winner will advance to the state semifinals in Glens Falls.

   Half Hollow Hills West couldn't overcome Brentwood's 10-2 advantage on 3-pointers and couldn't contain the 6-foot-6 Allen, who grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots.

   "I had to make a statement early," Allen told Newsday. "I really wanted to win this game and I really wanted to establish myself."

    • Third-ranked Spring Valley dominated No. 21 Byram Hills 75-41 for the Section 1 Class A title.

   Unbeaten team falls: Jhtye Griffin and Keenan Myers each scored seven points in the fourth quarter as Rochester Career Mentoring Charter School beat Naples 73-68 to end the Big Green's unbeaten season in the Section 5 playoffs. Amos Williams finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Royals.

   Naples (19-1), ranked second in the state in Class C, got 18 points from Noah Gorton.

   Top hockey team loses: Canisius ended St. Joseph's two-year championship reign in the Western New York CHSAA playoffs as the Crusaders earned a 2-1 win over the state's top-ranked Division I team.

   Senior Jake Nichols made 27 saves, coming within 2.4 seconds of a shutout. George Munschauer and Grigorios Koutsomitis scored the goals.

   In the Section 6 large-school final, Garrett Downie's four-goal, five-point game carried Niagara-Wheatfield to its fourth straight championship as the Falcons downed Williamsville North 6-4.

   In the Division II final, Williamsville East became the first small school to repeat as sectional champion. The Flames beat Kenmore East 2-0 in the fourth title-game meeting between the squads in five years.

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  •    Goaltender Max Battistoni earned the shutout and Matt Steffan and Alex Finley provided the offense to carry Williamsville East.

       Lancaster update: On the eve of a Lancaster community forum on whether to keep or drop the high school's mascot and nickname, a pro-Redskins group brought two speakers to offer support, The Buffalo News reported.

       "I came out here on my own free will. I'm going to come out and save the Redskins," said Joe L. Milk, 33, an Ogala Sioux and gaming inspector at a casino in Martin, S.D. "There's plenty of Native Americans who don't find it racist at all ... I want to help Lancaster save their name and keep the tradition going."

       An anonymous donor paid for Milk's travel and accommodations, a pro-Redskins committee member said. Milk wore a Washington Redskins knit cap with a Native American emblem and donned a "Once a Redskin, Always a Redskin" T-shirt.

       Also appearing on behalf of the group was Mark One Wolf Yancey of Connecticut, who is the administrator of an online group called Native American Redskins Fans and who has been featured in a video made by lobbyists for the NFL's Redskins.

       On Tuesday, school leaders are hosting a community forum at the high school to hear from both sides. District officials have said no decision will be made for the 2015-16 school year.

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