New York High School: St. Agnes

CHSAA boys Class A & B: Naz, Iona win

March, 2, 2012
3/02/12
10:46
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The CHSAA crowned its Class A and Class B champions on Friday night as Iona Prep defeated St. Edmund Prep in the Class A title game and Nazareth defeated St. Agnes in the Class B title game. Here's the highlights from the night's action.

No. 1 Nazareth 70, No. 2 St. Agnes 47: If this is the last season for Nazareth, the boys basketball team is going out with a bang. The top-seeded Kingsmen won their first title since 1989 as they dominated second-seeded St. Agnes, 70-47, on Friday night. The Brooklyn school is scheduled to close its doors at the end of the year amid declining enrollment and financial struggles.

"It was added motivation having our school closing down," senior forward Mike Megaafu said. "Us having this championship, it's great for the school. We need something to rely on. God forbid we close down, we're closing down with a bang. We're going out with something people will remember us by."

While Nazareth coach Todd Jamison believes Nazareth will stay open, the school is currently headed to join the list of New York City Catholic schools to recently close. Each game the Kingsment have played since the Class B tournament began could have been the last in program history.

"Hopefully this won't be our last (season), I don't think it will be, but absolutely, definitely this one is special for us," Jamison said.

Nazareth (20-6) got out of the gate hot and took a 21-5 lead after the first quarter and boosted the lead to 41-17 at half. St. Agnes (13-9) simply could not keep up with Nazareth, which applied pressure defense and seemingly could not miss. Nazareth won its first title since winning back-to-back Class A titles in 1988-89.

Sophomore Samson Usilo led the way with 29 points while Shajea Stevenson added 15. Usilo had 14 of his points in the first quarter, which included a pair of 3-point shots and an alley-oop to start the game.

"He's been waiting for this game the last couple of days, the way's he been practicing," Jamison said. "When I see him come in the locker room and I see he's singing some religious hymns, I'm like 'oh boy, these guys are in trouble.'"

Nazareth faces St. Mary's (Lancaster) for the CHSAA Class B State Championship next weekend.

Iona Prep 70, St. Edmund Prep 54: Iona Prep junior guard Brandon Williams let his teammates know that he was ready to take over the third quarter of the CHSAA Class A final on Friday night against St. Edmund Prep.

"He came to the bench and was like this is my quarter boys, get me the ball," teammate Felix Abongo said. "We found him and he was knocking down shots."

Living up to his word, Williams scored 10 points in the third quarter to keep St. Edmund at bay as he propelled Iona Prep to a 70-54 win over St. Edmund Prep in the final. Williams finished with a team-high 18 points as Iona Prep won its second title in four seasons.

"It was just great," Williams said of his third quarter. "We were in foul trouble almost the entire game. We were in a one-on-one situation the whole game. It was great, I just kept attacking, that was what I had to do to win the game."

Iona Prep (24-3) led 32-18 at the half but in the third quarter, St. Edmund cut the lead to 10 points. Williams, though, was there to save the day. With his team leading 38-26, he scored 10 of his team's final 12 points in the quarter to give his team a 50-36 lead heading into the final quarter. St. Edmund fell to 20-7.

Williams has battled sprained both ankles and missed time with injuries this season, and was also in and out of the starting lineup. In his team's biggest game to date, he came up clutch and led the Gaels to their fourth CHSAA Class A title.

"I think when he gets in the flow, he gets dangerous," Iona Prep coach Vic Quirolo said. "Sometimes he doesn't always get in that flow but today he got in that stride and kept going."

Iona Prep will meet the winner of the St. John the Baptist vs. Canisius game in the CHSAA Class A State title game.

CHSAA boys Class A & B final previews

March, 2, 2012
3/02/12
12:18
PM ET
WHO: CHSAA Class A & B Intersectional finals
(A: Iona vs. St. Edmund Prep; B: Nazareth vs. St. Agnes)

WHEN: Friday night (B: 6 p.m.; A. 7:45)

WHERE: Fordham University

WHY THESE GAMES ARE IMPORTANT: The CHSAA will crown its Class A and Class B champions on Friday night when Iona Prep takes on St. Edmund Prep and Nazareth battles St. Agnes. The winners of both games will go on to play for the CHSAA State championship.

The Class A final pits the best teams in Class A throughout the season in Iona Prep and St. Edmund Prep. Iona won the Archdiocesan title during the regular season while St. Edmund Prep won Brooklyn/Queens. Both teams survived thrillers in the semifinals and the final should be just as exciting. Iona won the regular season game between the two.

The Class B final has Nazareth playing against St. Agnes. It's an emotional game for Nazareth, which is going to be closing at the end of the year. This could be the school's final game and these player are hoping to go out with a championship. The Kingsmen are seeded first and faced second-seeded St. Agnes.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Iona Prep: Isiah Ice
St. Edmund Prep: Matt O'Neill
Nazareth: Samson Usilo
St. Agnes: Brian Zurrilla

COACHES:

Iona Prep: Vic Quirolo
St. Edmund Prep: Dan Wiatre
Nazareth: Todd Jamison
St. Agnes: Anton Gjieli

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

Iona (23-3)

Dec. 2: 73-47 win vs. Salesian
Dec. 6: 67-49 win vs. Sacred Heart
Dec. 9: 61-51 win at Molloy
Dec. 13: 50-26 win vs. Blessed Sacrament
Dec. 15: 52-37 win at St. Joseph
Dec. 17: 56-49 win at Peekskill
Dec. 20; 53-52 win at Spellman
Dec. 30: 57-48 win at Fordham Prep
Jan. 4: 63-40 win vs. Regis
Jan. 6; 53-44 loss at All hallows
Jan. 10: 54-54 win at. St. Edmund
Jan. 12: 66-64 loss vs. Moore Catholic
Jan. 14: 64-56 win vs. LaSalle
Jan. 16: 49-28 win vs. Bishop Ford
Jan. 18: 42-27 win vs. Xavier
Jan. 27: 68-55 win at McClancy
Jan. 31: 58-53 win at LaSalle
Feb. 1: 61-54 win at Xavier
Feb. 4: 51-40 loss at New Rochelle
Feb. 6: 66-30 win vs. St. John's Prep
Feb. 8: 51-34 win at Regis
Feb. 10: 45-36 win vs. White Plains
Feb. 12: 58-56 win vs. Spellman
Feb. 21: Win vs. St. Anthony's
Feb. 25: 66-45 win vs. LaSalle
Feb. 28: 58-56 win vs. Moore Catholic

St. Edmund Prep (20-6)

Nov. 25: 65-64 loss vs. FDR
Dec. 2: 72-23 win vs. Scholars Academy
Dec. 5: 59-41 win vs. Blessed Sacrament
Dec. 9: 69-59 win at Nazareth
Dec. 12: 58-30 win vs. Scanlan
Dec. 14: 51-37 win at Spellman
Dec. 19: 78-58 win vs. Lafayette
Dec. 20: 64-41 win vs. Berkley Carroll
Dec. 27: 63-50 win vs. James Madison
Dec. 29: 68-57 loss vs. Bayside
Dec. 31: 65-53 win vs. New Utrecht
Jan. 4: 54-45 loss at Xavier
Jan. 7: 57-56 loss at McClancy
Jan. 10: 54-52 loss vs. Iona Prep
Jan. 16: 67-66 loss at Petrides
Jan. 20: 45-41 win vs. Bishop Ford
Jan. 27: 71-55 win St. John's Prep
Jan. 31: 80-73 win vs. McClancy
Feb. 3: 50-44 win at Regis
Feb. 4: 58-55 win vs. Salesian
Feb. 7: 75-59 win vs. LaSalle
Feb. 10: 62-42 win at Bishop Ford
Feb. 14: 63-47 win at St. John's Prep
Feb. 16: 71-61 win vs. Goldstein
Feb. 25: 67-48 win vs. St. Joseph
Feb. 28: 44-43 win vs. Xavier

Nazareth (19-6)

Nov. 26: 63-58 loss at Bedford Academy
Dec. 2: 56-18 win at Onteora
Dec. 3: 65-60 loss vs. Saugerties
Dec. 9: 69-59 loss vs. St. Edmund Prep
Dec. 14: 50-30 win at Bishop Ford
Dec. 20: 72-56 win vs. St. Agnes
Dec. 27: 58-46 loss vs. Watervliet
Dec. 28: 52-38 win vs. Catskill
Dec. 29: 36-29 loss vs. CBA
Dec. 30: 72-64 win at Bishop Grimes
Jan. 7: 45-35 win vs. Medgar Evers
Jan. 9: 47-23 win vs. Sacred Heart
Jan. 12: 52-44 win vs. St. Agnes
Jan. 14: 58-56 loss at Liverpool
Jan. 15: 51-49 win at West Genesse
Jan. 21: 63-49 win at Cathedral
Jan. 26: 79-63 win at Blessed Sacrament
Jan. 28: 80-46 win vs. Salesian
Jan. 31: 57-55 win at Sacred Heart
Feb. 4: 68-27 win vs. Blessed Sacrament
Feb. 7: 77-29 win at Scanlan
Feb. 14: 58-28 win vs. Cathedral
Feb. 15: 70-23 win vs. Scanlan
Feb. 17: 56-33 win at Salesian
Feb. 28: 53-37 win vs. Salesian

St. Agnes (13-8)

Dec. 6: 70-67 win at McClancy
Dec. 7: 57-55 win at Calhoun
Dec. 9: 70-58 loss vs. Regis
Dec. 12: 64-55 loss at Sacred Heart
Dec. 16: 64-39 loss at Xavier
Dec. 20: 72-56 loss at Nazareth
Jan. 6: 63-59 win at Sacred Heart
Jan. 7: 78-52 loss vs. Blessed Sacrament
Jan. 10: 55-49 win at Salesian
Jan. 12: 52-44 loss at Nazareth
Jan. 13: 69-50 win vs. Cathedral
Jan. 27: 68-60 loss at Collegiate
Jan. 30; 75-53 win at Scanlan
Feb. 2: 76-53 win at Scanlan
Feb. 3: 59-51 win at Cathedral
Feb. 6: 82-58 win at Columbia Prep
Feb. 11: 83-55 win at Blessed Sacrament
Feb. 13: 82-54 win loss at LaSalle
Feb. 14: 69-63 win at Salesian
Feb. 25: 71-43 win vs. Scanlan
Feb. 28: 46-44 win vs. Sacred Heart

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