ALBANY, N.Y. — Tournament MVP Jabarie Hinds scored 31 points, including a breakaway dunk in overtime that helped seal the win, to lift Mount Vernon to a thrilling 84-78 victory in the Class AA final Sunday at the New York State Boys Basketball Federation Tournament of Champions.
Isaiah Cousins added 12 points for the Knights (19-5), including a key 3-pointer off the glass with less than a minute to play in regulation that momentarily put Mount Vernon in the lead.
Khalid Samuels added 21 points for Mount Vernon, which went 22-of-26 from the free-throw line, including 10-of-12 in overtime to put the game away.
Omar Calhoun scored 33 points, one shy of the tourney record, for the Lions (22-7), who were able to force overtime when Calhoun hit a 3-pointer from the right side with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter, tying it at 66-all.
But Christ the King, which blew an early 10-point edge and a 33-28 halftime lead, never led in overtime. Chris Ortiz and Corey Edwards added 14 points apiece in the loss, as the Lions went just 24-of-37 from the free-throw line.
Mount Vernon had a chance to win in regulation, but Hinds' fall-away jumper was off the mark in the final seconds and a pair of attempts by the Knights in the paint wouldn't fall.
Six-time finalist Mount Vernon, representing the PHSAA out of Westchester County, got to the title with a 70-63 win over Boys and Girls in Saturday's semifinal round.
Six-time finalist Christ the King, from Queens, represented the CHSAA.