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Wednesday, March 2, 2016: Shenendehowa sweeps Sec. 2 basketball titles

   Leading off today: Shenendehowa advanced both its basketball teams to the NYSPHSAA tournament with wins Tuesday in Section 2 championship games.

   The Shen girls scored the final seven points of the game to edge Albany 67-62 for the program's 12th title.

   The Plainsmen scored their final seven points at the free-throw line -- including four by junior Sydney Brown (23 points) -- after Albany senior forward Leah Dollard scored in transition for a 62-60 advantage.

   Shenendehowa's boys improved to 23-0 with a 64-46 win over Green Tech. The defending NYSPHSAA champions closed the first half on a 9-0 run to grab a 31-29 lead. The Plainsmen drew away in the third quarter as Luke Hicks (25 points), Kevin Huerter (15 points) and Mike Pizziketti (12 points, 11 rebounds) paved the way.

   Shenendehowa will face Section 3 champion Bishop Ludden in a state quarterfinal Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College. Tipoff has changed to 1:45, immediately following the girls quarterfinal between Shenendehowa and Cicero-North Syracuse.

   Northstar eliminated: Junior Tajmin Holt hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Rochester Early College won Section 5's state qualifying game over Northstar Christian 55-52.

   Holt's winning shot came after a timeout with 4.1 seconds to play.

   Northstar entered the game ranked first in the state in Class C and Early College was No. 7.

   The Cobras advance to face Buffalo Middle College in the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals Saturday. "It feels amazing to play in states," Holt said. "It's a big accomplishment, not many people get to do it."

   More boys basketball: Olean improved to 24-0 with a 54-45 win over Fredonia in the Section 6 Class B state qualifier. The Huskies were 3-0 vs. Fredonia this season.

   The Huskies broke to a 23-12 lead with the help of six 3-pointers in the first nine minutes, including three by Monty Shoemaker.

   Brushton-Moira squeaked past Saratoga Catholic 68-65 in the first round of the state Class C tournament. A 9-0 run gave Saratoga Catholic a 60-56 lead before Brushton-Moira got its second wind.

   Alex Burnett scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds on his birthday. Chase Bassett and Taylor Tallman finished with 15 points apiece.

   Bridgehampton rode 10 3-pointers to a 67-50 win over Eldred to open defense of its state Class D crown. Elijah Jackson made four from beyond the arc for his 12 points, and Matt Hostetter sank three.

   "I don't like that many threes, but it was there. We had to keep shooting them," coach Carl Johnson said.

   Josh Lamison led the winners with 19 points.

   More girls basketball: Three-time defending state champion Ossining opened NYSPHSAA Class AA action with an 86-67 win over Binghamton. The Pride outscored Binghamton 24-7 to close out the first half.

   Seton Hall recruit Shadeen Samuels scored 37 points and freshman teammate Aubrey Griffin 35 for the winners.

   In Class C, Madrid-Waddington beat Lake George 51-50 in overtime as Danielle Hough finished with 17 points and five assists, and Olivia Parmeter added 17 points and seven rebounds.

   Freshman center Graceann Bennett scored 21 points to


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  • go with 18 rebounds, and MacKenzie Bennett scored 23 points with eight rebounds for Lake George.

       M-W took possession holding a 49-48 lead with :30.7. Guard Kellsie Tiernan rebounded her own miss with :15.5 left and got the ball to Parmeter, who was fouled and made both free throws with :11.2 remaining. A Bennett with :01.6 to go closed out the scoring.

       PSAL coaching great dies: Longtime Andrew Jackson and Campus Magnet boys basketball coach Charles Granby died Tuesday from natural causes at the age of 81.

       Granby spent 45 years at the Queens school and held the PSAL record for wins (722) until being passed by Cardozo's Ron Naclerio this winter. Among his notable players were former St. John's star Boo Harvey and Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn. He won 24 division titles, seven Queens crowns and a city championship in 1985.

       Granby played for the Bradley University team that won the National Invitational Tournament title in 1960. He was known for giving his players the "ugly life, ugly wife" speech, in which he emphasized the importance of a college degree.

       "He cared so much about the kids beyond basketball, unlike any coach I have ever known," longtime assistant coach Ken Vickers told The New York Post. "His real role in life was a counselor. I think he enjoyed counseling kids and pointing them in the right direction they should go in more than coaching."

       "He always said you have to use basketball as a means to an end, that being an education."

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