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Section V Makes a Big Impact in the State High School Basketball Tournament

The college basketball tournament is not the only tournament that is going on this time of year. High school basketball players are trying to achieve their season long goal of winning a state title and 2 of Section V’s teams fulfilled their dreams. Elba (25-0) which has been so dominant all year long (winning all but one game this season by double digits) found itself in unfamiliar territory, trailing 23-22 at halftime in the state final vs Argyle Scots (22-3). That changed quickly as the Lancers abandoned their full-court man-to-man press for a sagging man-to-man defense and limited the Scots to 11 points on 1-for-14 shooting from 3-point range in the 2nd half. Elba won 48-34, winning their schools 1st state title in their schools history. Tournament MVP McKenzie Bezon carried Elba all season and had 14 points. The East Oriental’s (21-3) became the first team from the Rochester School District to win a state championship in girls basketball with a 43-36 win over the Averill Park Warriors. East High was led by Aaliyah Dunbar who scored 14 points and also had 6 rebounds. Tyra Jones saved all her scoring for late as she scored 10 of her 12 total points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for East. East High went on a miraculous run this year in terms of wins and losses. Including the title game they won 20 straight basketball games, a feat that deserves a plaque in itself but I’m sure the ladies from East would much rather take the state championship plaque they earned. Rose Ayala was the dominate force in the paint, altering many shots as she has been all year. She finished with seven points and 14 rebounds and was named the tournament’s MVP. "The Fanatic"

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