No. 4 Mount Vernon defeated No. 1 New Rochelle 75-61 tonight at the County Center (BOX SCORE). The Knights will play No. 3 Poughkeepsie on Wednesday at 6 for the gold ball. The teams have met in the last three Class AA championship games. And Mount Vernon has now reached its 12th straight championship game and will take aim for a fifth straight gold ball.
Jabarie Hinds led Mount Vernon with 24 points, 17 of which he scored in the first half. Khalid Samuels added 15 points, 13 of them in the fourth quarter. Jarrel Marshall led a strong game by the three sophomores. He came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points. Marshall had just 14 points all season before tonight.
Of course, Mount Vernon lost both regular season meetings to New Rochelle, squandering 13-point fourth-quarter leads in both. Here’s coach Bob Cimmino on how his team reversed its fortunes: