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Sunday, March 11, 2012
Nazareth boys wins CHSAA Class B State

By Matt Ehalt

The jubilant celebration can wait.

For the Nazareth boys basketball team, the newly crowned CHSAA Class B State champs after a 57-45 win over St. Mary's (Lancaster) on Saturday, there's one more goal to accomplish before it can celebrate raucously.

"They were kind of subdued because they felt that the job is not done," head coach Todd Jamison said about his team by phone. "This is goal No. 2. They want goal No. 3. They were happy but subdued because they want the Federation. I'm sure we'll work hard to get it."

Nazareth will head to Albany in two weeks hoping to win its first State Federation crown since 1989. The Kingsmen won the Class B City title one week ago with a victory over St. Agnes and have a chance to accomplish all three of their goals.

"It's huge," Jamison said. 'It's wonderful for our program and for the school since we haven't done it since 1988-89."

He added: "I think we have a good chance to win the Federation. If we do what we do defensively and take care of the ball, rebound, and play selfless, I think we have a good shot."

Nazareth (21-6) fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter early against St. Mary's before clawing back into the game. Nazareth cut the lead to two before the half and then taking control and eventually ballooning its lead up to double digits in the fourth quarter. Sophomore forward Samson Usilo led the team with 14 points.

The victory was the first of two State titles for the Brooklyn school on the day, as the girls team would later claim the girls CHSAA Class AA State title with a win over Moore Catholic. At least one player from the boys team were at the game watching the girls squad.

"Who does that?" Jamison asked about two State titles by one school. "If you told me that at the beginning of the year the boys and girls would both win, I'd co-sign that. For our school and our whole community, that's very special."