The Mayor's Roundball Classic championship trophy will stay at Henninger for another year.
That's because the boys basketball Black Knights won their third straight tournament title and sixth overall by knocking off state-ranked Corcoran, 61-53, in the championship final Wednesday night at LeMoyne College.
Tournament MVP Kadeem Johnson scored 10 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter to help Henninger (4-5) hand the Cougars its first loss of the season. The win also reversed a 20-point Henninger loss to the Cougars in their first encounter earlier in the month.
The previously undefeated Cougars looked strong in the early going. Riley Stroman connected on three 3-pointers to finish with 13 points in the first quarter to give the Cougars a 17-15 edge.
Corcoran went up by seven points midway through the second quarter, but the much-improved Black Knights came back in the waning seconds to make it a one-point game before the half. A 3-pointer by freshman Tommie Spinner with 32 seconds left and a bucket by Johnson with three seconds left Henninger down by one, 28-27, at halftime.
Henninger maintained its momentum in the third quarter and seized the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Johnson with 2:37 left. Corcoran shooters struggled from the floor in the fourth quarter - especially Stroman, who scored just two points in the period thanks to the defense by Brandon Hanks.
Corcoran's leading scorer, Algeron Torrence, was held to six points. Stroman finished with a team-high 22 points for Corcoran (6-1).
The Black Knights also cashed in from the free throw line in the fourth. Johnson was 6-for-8 from the line and Henninger went 9-for-12.
Named to the all-tournament team were Hanks, Corcoran's Dewan Bohannon (14 points), Fowler's Malcolm Jones and Nottingham's Jawan Simmons.
Nottingham defeated Fowler, 63-56, in the consolation game of the eighth annual tournament. Simmons tossed in 20 points for the Bulldogs while Larry Rivers led Fowler with 19.