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Crown Point downs Moriah for section title

Crown Point rallied in the final period to beat Moriah, 45-41, and claim the Section VII Class D boys basketball championship March 8.

It's the first section title for the Panthers since 2000 and gives them a berth in the state tournament. They met Section VII champion Chateaugay Wednesday.

The game was close throughout, Crown Point trailed by five points in the final quarter. That's when the Panthers went on a 9-0 run to grab a 40-35 advantage with three minutes remaining.

Tony Rodriguez, who tallied a game-high 17 points, had three points to key the decisive run for the champions.

A key blocked shot by John Budwick and some clutch free throws carried Crown Point the rest of the way.

Budwick and Juan Mosquera each had 11 points for the winners.

The win avenged a 51-43 regular season loss to Moriah for Crown Point, which enters the state tournament with a 16-5 record.

Nick Gilbo scored 16 points for Moriah, the top seed in the tournament. It's the third straight year the Vikings, who finish the season with a 15-6 record, have lost the section championship game.

Crown Point 54, Westport 46

Crown Point upset top seed Westport, 54-46, in the Section VII Class D boys basketball tournament semifinals March 2.

Th win advanced the Panthers to the section championship game against Moriah.

Tied at the intermission, Crown Point took control in the second half behind center John Budwick. Budwick scored 13 points in the second half, 19 overall.

Nathan Tabor had 14 points for the Panthers, who lost to Westport by 14 points in the regular season.

Moriah 50, Indian/Long Lake 31

Moriah had little trouble with Indian/Long Lake, recording a 50-31 win in the Section VII Class D boys basketball tournament semifinals March 2.

The Vikings advanced to the section championship game against Crown Point with the victory.

Moriah raced to a 22-12 lead at the half and Indian/Long Lake never got within single digits again.

Nick Gilbo and Hayden Whalen each had 11 points for the winners.

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