Kearney boys fall in Federation semifinal game - Catholic Courier

Kearney boys fall in Federation semifinal game

A historically successful season has finally ended for Bishop Kearney High School’s basketball program.

The BK boys’ team, which won the NYSPHSAA state championship earlier this month — as did the Kearney girls — dropped a 68-55 decision to New York City’s Christ the King March 22. The state Federation Tournament of Champions Class AA semifinal game was held at the Times Union Center in Albany.

After allowing less than 47 points per game throughout the post-season, Kearney gave up 30 in the first quarter alone to Christ the King, falling behind by 12. BK then trailed 39-28 at halftime and 53-37 after three quarters.

The Kings could not solve the Royals’ top scorer, Jon Severe, who poured in 40 points — one day before he added 28 as his team downed Long Island Lutheran, 73-64, in the Class AA final.

Antwoine Anderson sparkled for BK against Christ the King, connecting for 32 points, while teammate Chinonso Obokoh had 15. However, no other Kearney player scored more than two points.

The Kings finished their 2012-13 season with a record of 17-8. They were coming off a championship run in the NYSPHSAA tournament, which involves public and private high schools across the state (the Federation adds New York City schools.) BK won the NYSPHSAA Class AA title March 17 with a 45-39 victory over New Rochelle of Section 1. It was the Kings’ second state crown after they won the Class B championship in 2009.

Also on March 17, the Kearney girls’ basketball team earned its first-ever NYSPHSAA title by winning 54-44 over Harpursville of Section 4 in the Class C final, for a final record of 19-8. (There is no Federation tournament at the girls’ Class C level.)

Both BK state-champion squads will be honored with the unveiling and dedication of their title banners March 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks will be among several dignitaries honoring Kearney’s players and coaches.


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