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Henninger rules in city tournament again

Win the Mayor's Roundball Classic, and a basketball team can go for an entire year bragging that they are the best in Syracuse.

Henninger is getting quite used to doing the big talk, for it's now claimed the Mayor's Cup three consecutive years, and five times overall in the tournament's seven-year history.

Fowler tried to topple the Black Knights and win its first-ever classic in Tuesday night's championship game at LeMoyne College, only to watch Henninger dominate the final five minutes on its way to beating the Falcons 62-44 and earning that three-peat.

Only once did the Black Knights trail -- at 4-2, less than three minutes into the game. Led again by point guard Kihary Blue, Henninger got out to a 19-10 edge in the first quarter, then watched Fowler, with Chris Gilkes earning 11 first-half points, close within three, 31-28, at halftime.

Then the Falcons went cold in the third period, at one point going nearly six minutes without a field goal. Henninger used that time to stretch its margin to 44-31, almost running away.

Still, Fowler fought back, with a 10-2 run of its own to make it 46-41 with less than five minutes to play, luring Falcon partisans into thinking it had a chance to finally earn that first-place gold trophy.

But as champions tend to do, Henninger finished strong, using eight points in a span of less than 90 seconds to build the lead back to double digits and, overall, closing on an 18-3 run.

Finishing with 18 points, plus his usual array of sharp passes and steals, Blue was named the tournament MVP. Lamar Spinner gained 13 points, with Jermaine Taylor adding 11 points. Also, Taylor combined with Jon Cooper to contain Fowler center Tysheim Barfield all night long. Gilkes, with 19 points, was the night's top scorer.

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