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Rams repeat as state Class A champs

Early in the fourth quarter, Kearse took over. He hit back-to-back jumpers, then assisted on a Triche three-point play. All told, six of Kearse's 16 points came in this frame.

Despite all this, the Red Devils had a 66-65 edge when, with 48 seconds left, Hymes hit a jumper to push J-D ahead by one. A defensive stop here could mean a victory in regulation.

Instead, driving to the basket again, Brickhouse got fouled with 20.2 seconds left. He missed the first free throw, but made the second after J-D used a time-out to try and freeze him.

With the game tied 67-67, the Rams had a chance to win it on the last possession of regulation. Thompson got an open jumper from the corner, but missed, and Triche's fallaway jumper went off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Coleman and Kearse both hit baskets early in OT to push J-D in front 71-67. Four times, the Rams moved the lead to four, but each time Peekskill answered with a basket to pull back within two.

As the OT period wound down, the Red Devils had three chances to pull even again. Twice, Watts missed jump shots, the second one hanging on the rim before falling out as Coleman got the rebound and, with 9.8 seconds left, was fouled.

In a one-and-one situation, Coleman missed, and Brickhouse drove coast-to-coast, only to see his shot roll off the rim, too, and go out of bounds with 0.5 seconds left. Moments later, J-D was celebrating a second consecutive state championship.

Hymes led with 21 points and six assists, while Coleman put on a show with 18 points and 18 rebounds and Kearse stepped up with 16 points. Triche, with 12 points and eight rebounds, garnered tournament MVP honors as Thompson got six points, including what proved to be the winning basket with less than a minute left in OT.

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