When the Bishop Kearney boys’ basketball team was down 34-17 at the half in the New York State Federation Basketball Tournament of Champions, they could have given up, secure in the knowledge they were state champions and had a great season.
Yet by the last few seconds of the March 28 Class B final against Manhattan’s Collegiate School at the Glens Falls Civic Center, BK trailed the Dutchmen by only two points. The three-point shot that would have won the game for BK just missed its mark, said the team’s head coach Jon Boon. Collegiate won the game, 57-55.
“They did everything I asked them to do,” Boon said. “To get down 17 points at the half, it’s very easy to say we’ve had a great season and pack it in. They came all the way back and showed what type of character they had.”
Junior forward Roderick Gray had 25 points in the game, and junior guard Blair Roberts had 11.
The Kings finished their season with a record of 25-4.
During the Class B semifinals of the Federation tournament — which includes the boys’ and girls’ state champion teams from public, private and independent schools — on March 27, BK beat St. Mary’s from Lancaster 63-51. Junior Guard James Taylor had four three-pointers and a total of 20 points during that game.
The Kings won their first-ever state championship in the NYSPHSAA tournament with a 65-48 victory over Seton Catholic March 21.