Leading off today:
Down 10 points in the middle of the fourth quarter against the two-time defending state champion isn't where any boys basketball team wants to be.
"We just dug down deep," Wings forward Jessie Govan, a Georgetown recruit, told The Daily News. "We didn't want to go home the last loser."
From that point forward, Wings soared. Trailing 62-51 at the start of the fourth quarter in the boys Federation Class AA championship game Saturday at SUNY Albany, Wings rode an 18-2 burst and won 79-73.
Efrain DeJesus (16 points), a senior guard, hit one of his five 3-pointers to cut the Royals lead to 64-59. Kevin Saylor tied the game with a drive to the basket with 3:07 remaining and Desure Buie put Wings ahead for good at 67-64 with a 3-pointer with 2:28 to go, Later Wings would pick up a crucial basket when Desure Buie found Govan for a slam to increase the edge to 74-69 with :32 left.
"They shot the ball really well those last five minutes. The seniors did what they were supposed to do. Basketball is funny," Royals coach Joe Arbitello told MSG Varsity. "Yesterday they couldn’t make a 3. Today they were on fire. That's basketball."
Govan and Christ the King junior Rawle Alkins scored 24 points apiece in the showcase game of the weekend, which turned so decisively down the stretch.
"It happened so fast that I didn't even know what was going on," Alkins admitted.
LuHi girls win: Long Island Lutheran made it three straight Federation titles, the last two in Class AA, by downing Christ the King 66-52.
A day after fouling out in the semifinals, Taylor Byrne came up huge for the Crusaders with 15 points and 14 rebounds to complement Boogie Brozoski's 24 points and eight rebounds.
"This is more than incredible," Byrne told MSG Varsity.
Christ the King led 27-26 at the half, but Brozoski scored five straight points in a 7-0 run and Byrne converted a three-point play to make it 44-35 in the third quarter. From there, the Royals, who were led by Dominique Toussaint (18 points) got no closer than five points. Brozoski, who heads to the University of Michigan with four Federation championships on her resume, made seven fourth-quarter free throws and 12 of 14 for the night, to keep LuHi safely in front.
Another Canisius title: Canisius now has a Federation basketball championship to go along with last fall's state CHSFL football title and this month's CHSFL hockey crown.
The Crusaders edged Albany Academy 48-44 in the Class A final as Josh Huffman scored 16 points and tournament MVP LaTerrance Reed added 14.