Tuesday, March 13, 2012
N.Y. Week 14 hoops rankings: St. Raymond wins CHSAA state title
By By Brandon Parker
After games on Sunday, March 11
St. Raymond begin the season with plenty of hope and potential, boasting a two-headed monster in Kerwin Okoro and Daniel Dingle. But the regular season had its ups and downs, with a seeming inability to beat the power teams like Christ the King, Cardinal Hayes and several out-of-state foes. But when it counted, the Ravens pulled it together, winning their last six games to capture the CHSAA Class AA intersectional crown.
Okoro (21 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks) and Dingle (11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists) led the way in a 66-58 win against Holy Cross, vaulting the Ravens into the Federation tournament. They will await the winner of Jefferson and Boys & Girls, who have met four times before this season. Jefferson has won the last two in comeback fashion, but Boys & Girls has been impressive in the playoffs.
Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):
1. Mount Vernon 21-1 (1) The Knights moved on to their second straight Class AA final four with a 98-44 win against Middletown. Isaiah Cousins led four players in double figures with 22 points along with eight rebounds, four assists, five steals and two blocks. Next up: CBA-Albany in Saturday's semifinals.
2. Jefferson (Brooklyn) 25-6 (2) Orange Wave again showed their resilience as they rallied back against Wings Academy for a 72-68 win. Next up: Boys a Girls in the PSAL Class AA final on Saturday.
3. Boys & Girls (Brooklyn) 23-6 (3) The Kangaroos easily downed Lincoln to move on to the PSAL Class AA final, where they will face Jefferson for the fourth time this season.