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J-D beaten again in Federation hoops final

In a midst of a comeback attempt to cap off a perfect season and earn its second state Federation Class A championship in three years, something utterly shocking happened to the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team on Saturday night at Glens Falls Civic Center.

It did not score a point. For an entire quarter.

Worse yet, that drought came in the fourth quarter of the Federation title game against Nichols School, and a close game turned into a romp as the Red Rams lost to the Buffalo-based Vikings 65-43.

No matter what offense it ran, no matter how many shots it took, and even with the giant presence of sophomore center DaJuan Coleman in the middle, J-D went cold and got tired --and Nichols made them pay, putting up the game's final 16 points.

As a result, J-D's 25-game win streak got halted, and just like 2009, the Rams would claim the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A title (its third in a row, in fact), but fall one win short of a sweep of the top honors.

All through the season, Coleman, with his 6-9 height and wide body, had come to own the paint, and never more so than in Friday's Federation semifinal, where the Red Rams beat Bedford Academy by a score of 67-54.

Both Coleman and his senior teammate, Lamar Kearse, finished with 23 points. But Coleman tacked on an astonishing 31 rebounds, a single-game Federation tournament record, as he constantly prevented Bedford, the Brooklyn-based champions of New York's Public School Athletic League, from establishing any inside presence.

J-D was in full control against Bedford, bolting out to a 19-8 first-quarter lead as five different players -- Coleman, Kearse, Tyler Cavanaugh, Demetrius Mitchell and Jailaan Kinsey -- got the team's first five baskets.

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