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Live from the AA state semifinals: Jamestown 61, II-Albany CBA 56 (OT) (with video)

Hello from Glens Falls Civic Center for the state final four and what could be the last game in the Western New York boys basketball game.

All my typing is to keep an account of the game which I use to help me write my story, Feel free to monitor the game and even comment, but PLEASE be mindful that I won't be able to answer every question while I'm live blogging this game. Thanks very much.

Afterwards, feel free to add your comments on the post.

The box scores for all games will be up at our scoreboard page as soon as possible.

Check out Mark Mulville's photo gallery here.

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Here's the play of the game, an alley-oop pass from Adam Cecchini (sorry he's screened by the officials on the left side) to Jaysean Paige, who comes in from the right side to give Jamestown a 52-48 lead with about three minutes left in overtime:

 

Chris Carlson's tip-in made it 54-50 with about two minutes left:

 

Just after Paige fouled out, Butts finished a drive to put Jamestown up, 56-51, with just under a minute to play:

 

After a Joey Campion free throw, that's it:

 

Here's Jamestown's defense on Albany CBA's final possession of regulation:

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Jamestown's opponent in Sunday's 3:15 p.m. championship game is Mount Vernon, which beat Half Hollow Hills West, 69-65. co-Mr. Basketball and West Virginia-bound Jabarie Hinds (6-1) had 10 points for the Knights while 5-9 senior Khalid Samuels had 16 and 6-3 junior Randy Stephens had 12.

Hills West's Tavon Sledge had 18 in what was an extremely entertaining, big-time basketball game. Watching the pace and the talent level of the second semifinal, one wonders if Jamestown will have enough to make it a game. However, that's when it's a good time to consider that Albany CBA won the state title last year by beating a better Half Hollow Hills West team.

After an epic win, Jamestown faces an epic opponent worthy of a state championship game. Mount Vernon has won eight state championships and can move to the top of the state's all-time title list with a win Sunday. Mount Vernon is tied with Bridgehampton with eight titles. Mount Vernon's last trip to the state final four was 2008; its last titles came in 2006 (over Niagara Falls) and 2007.

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9:03 p.m. The Class D state champion is New York Mills, who beat Coleman Catholic -- both teams were here last year and lost to state champion Maple Grove.

Friends Academy beat Syracuse Academy of Science, 46-44, in the Class C final. Friends beat I-Prep in Friday's semifinal. I-Prep's Chris Holland was named to the Class C all-tournament team.

That's one title for the public schools, one for privates and the rubber match is next in Class B as Potsdam takes on Burke Catholic.

The three smallest classifications in the state have private schools in their champoinship games. Ree-dic-u-lus.

10:46 p.m. Burke Catholic beats Potsdam, 62-52. I did some guest live-blogging for the Post Star's awesome Web site for the tournament. Very well-played game by Burke, who had a great start and seemed to take Potsdam out of its game. Potsdam put on a nice comeback but Burke responded well down the stretch.

---Keith McShea

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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