Binghamton boys take on national sensations in state playoffs

Binghamton boys take on national sensations in state playoffs

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Binghamton boys take on national sensations in state playoffs

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Binghamton High’s boys will oppose the nation’s latest You Tube sensation to open Class AA state basketball playoffs.

Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at SUNY-Purchase for a contest pitting the Patriots (16-3) against New Rochelle (13-9). The Huguenots — seeded ninth to start Section 1 tournament play — on Sunday knocked off seven-time defending champion Mount Vernon, 61-60.

The decisive points came when Khalil Edney intercepted a pass and heaved home a 55-foot shot narrowly ahead of the final horn. Video of the play went viral and earned Edney and coach Rasaun Young face time on ESPN.

The Huguenots rallied from a 10-point deficit over the final four minutes against third-seeded Mount Vernon (19-2), holder of the past two NYSPHSAA Class AA titles.

Edney as well as tournament MVP Joe Clarke, who had 30 points and seven rebounds in the final, were central figures on New Rochelle’s state football champions last fall. Both were first-team all-state, Edney at quarterback and Clarke at defensive end.

Binghamton claimed a second consecutive Section 4 championship with Thursday’s 75-58 victory against Union-Endicott, in which senior guard KJ Rose’s 19 points topped the Patriots.

Last March, Binghamton was ousted by Middletown in the opening round of state playoffs, 57-51, after winning 20 in a row.

Ahead for the winner is a quarterfinal against Section 9 champion Kingston, 18-2 and riding a 13-game win streak. That is to be played at 1 p.m. Sunday at West Point.

AA Girls

Horseheads’ girls will take on three-time defending Section 1 champion Ossining is a first-round Class AA game, 6 p.m. Tuesday at the College of New Rochelle.

Senior guard Saniya Chong leads Ossining (18-4) with about 35 points per game.

Her 39 in the sectional final left her a 2,829-point varsity total that is New York’s sixth-best all-time. Chong tacked on 11 steals, six rebounds and five assists in that 83-51 rout of Our Lady of Lourdes from Poughkeepsie.

Horseheads (17-3) rolled past Union-Endicott 79-34 for the Section 4 title, with sophomore Marlea Nolan’s 18 points leading all scorers.

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