GAME RECAP —
Class AA state Federation final
Mount Vernon 84, Christ the King 78 (OT): At the Times Union Center, Jabarie Hinds scored 14 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to earn MVP honors as Mount Vernon (23-5) won the fifth state Federation title in program history. The Knights now sit behind only Rice, which it No. 1 in tournament history with six titles.
The championship was the program’s first in five seasons and the fourth for coach Bob Cimmino (2000, 2004, 2006, 2011). Mount Vernon won its last 10 games and snapped the 12-game winning streak of Christ the King, which had been the defending Federation champion.
Hinds, the West Virginia-bound senior, scored nine of his points in the extra session, including a breakaway dunk and 5 out of 6 from the foul line. He also opened the scoring in overtime with a short leaner to spark a 6-0 Mount Vernon run.
Hinds had missed a tough runner in the final seconds of regulation. Christ the King’s Corey Edwards rebounded the miss but lost control as he turned up court. Jamell Walker then missed a layup at the buzzer that would’ve won the game. Isaiah Cousins scored off the miss but it was after the buzzer.
Christ the King junior star Omar Calhoun scored 33 points and had seven rebounds. He went 2 for 10 from 3-point land but made his first of the game with his team trailing by three points, 66-63, and with just 16.1 seconds remaining.
Mount Vernon was in position to win after trailing for much of the game. The Knights were down 20-11 after one quarter and 33-28 at halftime. They had trimmed the lead to 48-45 after three and took their first lead since 2-1 on a putback by Randy Stephens 47 seconds into overtime. The teams exchanged leads for much of the fourth quarter until a 3-pointer by Edwards gave Christ the King a 61-59 lead with 2:40 to play. Stephens tied the score with 1:20 to go, but T.J. Curry hit two free throws to regain the lead, 63-61, with 1:14 remaining.
With the clock drifting toward 1:00, Mount Vernon called a play for Cousins, who took a contested 3-pointer from the top of the key. He banked the shot in with 52.7 seconds left for a one-point lead. The Knights never trailed again.
Cousins finished with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists off the bench. The Mount Vernon bench outscored the Royals’ bench 22-5.
Senior point guard Khalid Samuels finished the game with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. He scored 18 of his points in the second half and overtime. His counterpart, the George Mason-bound Edwards, finished with 14 points and three assists on 4-of-11 shooting and committed six of his team’s 22 turnovers.
Mount Vernon sparked its comeback with a 1-2-2 zone press that helped force 12 turnovers in the second half and overtime and helped make up for a 42-34 rebounding disadvantage. The Knights also shot 22 for 26 from the free throw line. Christ the King went 24 for 37 from the line.