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Monday, Feb. 29, 2016: Marlboro boys win Sec. 9 final in 3 OTs

   Leading off today: Senior guard Tyler Jollie scored seven points in the third overtime period as Marlboro pulled away from Spackenkill for an 82-76 victory and its second consecutive Section 9 Class B championship Sunday.

   Marlboro never led in the first two OTs, but Jollie (31 points) made a jumper from the free-throw line for a 77-76 margin with a minute left in the third extra stanza. His steal and 3-pointer made it 80-76 with :28 to play.

   Spackenkill trailed by double digits for much of the game and was still nine points down with 4:52 to play in regulation. Camron Abalos' bucket and free throw tied the game with :52 left inn the fourth quarter.

   The Spartans led 63-60 with :04.5 left in the first overtime, but Xavier Oliver (21 points) knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to knot the score again. Spackenkill took a 70-66 lead with :27 left in OT No. 2, but Oliver hit a 3-pointer again. Down 71-69, Marlboro made a defensive stop and got two Oliver free throws with :02.6 to go.

   PSAL surprise: Westinghouse dug out of a seven-point hole in overtime and upset Cardozo 58-56 in the PSAL 'AA' boys basketball quarterfinals at Baruch College.

   The Judges' Tareq Coburn hit two free throws with :02.8 left in regulation, and Cardozo jumped out to a seven-point lead to start the OT. The Judges led 56-54 and had possession with :40 to play but Coburn missed on a drive. On the ensuing Warriors possession, senior Damarri Moore made a basket and free throw for a three-point play and the lead.

   "We ran out of the luck that we had all season," said Ray Salnave, Cardozo's Monmouth-bound senior.

   Westinghouse will play Abraham Lincoln in the semifinals. Lincoln blasted Queens High School of Teaching 96-54 to continue a recent hot streak.

   Sutherland shocks No. 1: Josh Mack scored a game-high 23 points to spark Pittsford Sutherland to a stunningly lopsided, 60-43 win over Greece Athena, the state's top-ranked Class A boys team.

   The Knights also got 16 points from senior guard Robbie Doggett, including three 3-pointers in the first half. Jack Ward, another of the squad's 10 seniors, added 15 points and eight rebounds.

   "I think everyone knew what our key was and it was to stop Anthony Lamb," Mack said. "He is said to be the best player in Section 5 right now, they were the No. 1 team in the state. Coach (John Nally) told us to keep him under 20, and we get the 'W.'"

   Lamb finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds in his high school swan song.

   Mount Vernon ousted: Sean New had 25 points, four rebounds and five assists for Fox Lane in a 67-60 win over Mount Vernon for the Section 1 Class AA championship. Matt Redhead added 13 points and nine rebounds, and Jamal Jackson-Blake scored 12 points.

   The Foxes led 31-24 at halftime but had to rally from a 53-48 deficit in the fourth quarter to advance to a NYSPHSAA first-round game vs. Horseheads on Tuesday.

   Milestone win: The Westhill girls basketball team used a 16-2 fourth-quarter run to finish off a 60-37 rout of South Jefferson for the Section 3 Class B crown.

   Westhill coach Sue Ludwig tied Syracuse Corcoran's Jim Marsh atop the Section 3 career wins list for girls coaches at 493 entering Saturday's NYSPHSAA quarterfinal against


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       Scoring feat: Liz Millea is the all-time scoring leader at Cooperstown afrer connecting for 25 points Sunday in a 54-30 rout of Syracuse Academy of Science in the Section 3 girls Class C final.

       The New York State Sportswriters Association's 2015 Class C co-player of the year finished the game with 1,733 points. She has 545 points this season, 18 away from matching the single-season program record she set as a junior.

       The Hawkeyes advanced to a state quarterfinal against Section 4 champion Watkins Glen.

       Saturday action: Bishop Grimes' first Section 3 boys basketball championship since 2008 was a sweet one for Bob McKenney, forced out last spring as coach at Jamesville-DeWitt after one of the most successful tenures in state history.

       The Cobras (22-1) made three 3-pointers during a 1:50 span of the third quarter and registered a 72-60 victory over the Syracuse Academy of Science at SRC Arena. Acuil Ater led the way with 23 points, Shawn Gashi added 15 and

    Johnny Wike came off the bench to score 11.

       "It's been an emotional run," McKenney said. "It's been surreal."

       Said Grimes guard Lucci Vigliotti: "We knew this game was for him. And we came out playing for him. We know he has a chip on his shoulder. We won it for him. He was happy. He was the happiest I've ever seen him."

       More from Saturday: Plainview JFK sophomore Miranda Lund won the NYSPHSAA gymnastics championships all-around title with a score of 37.600 at Shaker High.

       "I was shocked," Lund admitted. "I didn't think I was going to place in anything, except maybe beam."

       Lund won on the balance beam (9.350), placed second on floor exercise (9.475) and took third on the vault (9.600). She became the first gymnast from Plainview JFK to win the all-around title at the state meet, and is the first Section 8 gymnast to win it since Jess Panza of Island Trees in 2008.

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