Leading off today:
Elmont is going to the state semifinals in Glens Falls for the first time courtesy of shut-down defense.
The Spartans did not allow any points in the fourth quarter and defeated Harborfields 41-32 in the NYSPHSAA boys Class A basketball quarterfinals Sunday at LIU Post.
"Defense wins championships," Jalen Burgess told MSG Varsity after finishing with a team-high 17 points. "We attacked the glass and attacked the rim and we knew we had that height advantage."
Harborfields jumped out to a four-point lead in the third quarter on back-to-back baskets by Malcolm Wynter, at which point Burgess and the defense went to work. The senior forward hit three straight shots to put Elmont ahead for good with 37.3 seconds left in the quarter, and the Spartans held the Tornadoes scoreless over the final 11 minutes.
In the Class AA quarterfinal, Baldwin survived a nine-minute scoring drought in the second half and downed Half Hollow Hills West 65-55.
Junior Jared Rhoden hit a jumper with just over 2:00 to go, ending the scoring slump, then made the go-ahead shot 20 seconds later. Rhoden scored six of his 12 points in the fourth quarter.
"I always keep my head high and my teammates always look to get me the ball," Rhoden told MSG Varsity. "As a leader I knew I had to step up and get shots and that's what I did."
PSAL boys: The four highest seeds in the Class A tournament won quarterfinals Sunday. Three were decided by 10 points or less -- and the fourth west to overtime.
John Bowne, ranked third in the state, fought off Brooklyn Law & Technology 77-66 in overtime behind 17 points and 13 rebounds from Kareem Reid, who also blocked seven shots. Christian Hinckson added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Seventh-ranked Telecommunication Arts & Technology beat Seward Park 65-59 as Devin Ballou scored 25 points.
In the Class B quarterfinals, 14th-seeded Jane Addams beat No. 6 seed Maspeth 85-75 in OT.
Girls basketball: Cardinal O'Hara overwhelmed Buffalo Sacred Heart 77-46 for the Monsignor Martin Association Class A championship. Senior forward Summer Hemphill finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Junior Anndea Zeigler added 17 points.
Sacred Heart will play in the state CHSAA tournament's Class AA bracket and Sacred Heart gets the Class A berth.
In the Class B final, Lancaster St. Mary's scored a 44-36 win over Nardin Academy. St. Mary's scored the game's first 10 points and senior Annie Hamilton led the team with 11 points.
Bowling: Adam Zimmerman won his second straight individual title at the NYSPHSAA boys bowling championships, coasting to 63-pin margin over Greece Olympia's Adam Turner, the 2015 runner-up.
Zimmerman, a senior at Section 11's Deer Park, finished with a total of 1,415 for six games in Cheektowaga and represented the winning section for the fourth straight year.
Clarkstown's Brandon Smith rolled a 300 game in the morning block.
Sachem eighth-grader Amanda Naujokas won the girls title with a 1,252 pinfall for six games to edge Haley Youker (1,249) of East Syracuse Minoa. Section 2 took the team