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Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017: J-D recovers, beats Grimes in overtime

   Leading off today: Buddy Boeheim scored 10 points in overtime and 33 for the game as Jamesville-DeWitt recovered from a late collapse to beat Bishop Grimes 75-68 in the Section 3 boys Class A basketball semifinals Friday.

   Boeheim had missed two of four free throws down the stretch, further jeopardizing the Red Rams' chances after J-D had given back a double-digit lead. The junior twice went 1-for-2 from the line in the final minute of regulation, wrapped around a pair of makes by Grimes' David Mo. Grimes' Shawn Gashi sent the game to OT on a free throw with :04.1 to go.

   "I definitely felt bad. I felt like I almost put us in jeopardy to lose that game, honestly," Boeheim told after making back-to-back 3-pointers for a nine-point cushion in OT. "I should have hit those (free throws) and I felt like it was now or never. I worked too hard to just give up and not keep going and I had to find my shot. I made some shots (in overtime) and we were good from there."

   Boeheim's huge OT effort came minus starters Terrence Echols and Tayuka Laclair, who fouled out in regulation, and Marcus Johnson, who committed his fifth foul in the opening seconds of OT.

   More boys basketball: Cole Anthony finished with a game-high 32 points as Archbishop Molloy captured the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens diocesan championship with an 80-67 win over Bishop Loughlin.

   Moses Brown added 16 points and Khalid Moore chipped in with 15 for the Stanners. The appearance in the final gives Molloy and Loughlin a double-bye in the CHSAA Class AA Intersectional city playoffs.

   League MVP Keith Williams scored 18 for Loughlin and Markquis Nowell had 17.

   Big win for North Rockland: Seventh-seeded North Rockland upset No. 2 seed Ursuline 69-59 in the Section 1 girls Class AA basketball quarterfinals, sending the Red Raiders to the semifinals for the third straight year.

   Junior point guard Lexi Huertas led North Rockland with 17 points. Guard Danielle Cajou scored 15 points and was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final minute of play.

   "Euphoria," North Rockland coach Kevin Metcalf told The Journal News. "The kids made so many sacrifices and they trusted with one another, they trusted the coaches, and you see the hard work pay off."

   More girls basketball: Mount Sinai downed Harborfields 54-43 for its first Section 11 Class A championship.

   "We could stay here all night," senior captain Victoria Johnson, who scored 11 of her 16 points in the second half, said during the celebration as the Mustangs posed for pictures. "This is all I've ever wanted."

   Johnson's jumper gave the Mustangs a 24-9 lead early in the second quarter. She went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line over the final 31 seconds to wrap up the win.

   Mount Sinai will meet Class B champion Mattituck for the Suffolk small-schools championship Tuesday.

   Hockey playoffs: Michael Fischetti scored with 2:33 to play in the second overtime, giving John Jay Cross River a 1-0 win over Byram Hills in a Section 1 Division II semifinal. The 11th-ranked Indians will play Pelham, the state's top-ranked squad, for the championship Sunday.

   George McMichael made 22 saves for his second shutout in a row.

   This week's Watson feat: Rush-Henrietta senior Sammy Watson now owns every Section 5 girls indoor track record from the 400 meters to the mile.

   Watson broke Stacy Prey's mark in the 1,500 by more than five seconds, running 4:31.65 during the state qualifier at RIT. Prey had run 4:36.9 in 1985 as a Brighton senior.

   In another noteworthy effort, McQuaid senior Noah Williams ran a blistering :06.31 in the boys 55 meters.

   "It came out of nowhere I guess," Williams told the Democrat and Chronicle. "I wasn't expecting to run that fast, I just wanted to win the race."

   N.J. scandal: If you've owned a cable or satellite TV subscription for more than a month, you've probably seen the movie "Lean on Me" at least once.

   Now, the school made famous in the 1989 flick about principal "Crazy Joe" Clark (the father of Joetta Clark, one of the country's great middle-distance runners), is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.

   Eastside High in Paterson, N.J., has dropped out of the state tournament in boys and girls basketball, and the district announced the suspension of the school's AD and two more coaches as result of a growing scandal.

   It was the latest fallout after New Jersey Advance Media published a story about possible irregu- larities involving the girls team's use of foreign players, including allegat- ions that Eastside lacked requisite immigration certifications for the players to enroll.

   The Eastside boys team withdrew from the state tournament earlier in the week amid investigations into allegations that international players may have been improperly living at a condo owned by the head coach.

   Top-seeded Eastside also withdrew from the boys county tournament final, ending a bid for a record-tying fourth consecutive crown.

   The school district's internal investigation began two weeks ago under former state Supreme Court Justice John Wallace Jr.

   More news: In case you missed hit, we blogged earlier with some of the highlights from the opening day of the NYSPHSAA wrestling tournament in Albany.

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