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Henninger hoops wins sixth straight Mayor's Classic

Black Knights edge Nottingham, rout Corcoran in finals

— "(Ben) got our guys fired up," said Saroney. "They knew it was championship night, and stepped up to the occasion."

During a back-and-forth first quarter with seven lead changes, Chisholm provided the spark with seven points. By the second period, Henninger was exploiting its size advantage, even though Delee was on the bench with two early fouls, as Young's six points helped the Black Knights to a 28-21 edge at the break.

The real getaway, though, took place in a third quarter where Spinner managed 10 of his 15 points and Young also worked his way to 15 points and tournament MVP honors. A 10-0 run where Delee had six straight points, finishing with a drive and dunk, put it out of Corcoran's reach.

Shakem Buckmon, quiet in the Fowler game, led the Cougars with 14 points, but Sullivan only had seven points as Chris Putnam contributed seven points.

Sullivan, Spinner and Delee would join Young on the All-Tournament team. Nottingham defeated Fowler 69-51 in the consolation game, with Rolon and Fowler's Wilquan Burke also garnering All-Tournament honors.

A third game on Thursday featured Institute of Technology Central, the state's no. 2-ranked Class C team, pulling away in the second half to beat Faith Heritage 58-44. Mikell Clemons led the Eagles with 13 points, while Rensey Chandler and Joe Boatwright managed 12 points apiece.

Henninger would go from one big challenge to another, going east to face Troy on New Year's Eve at Albany's Times Union Center before returning home Jan. 5 for a showdown with Fayetteville-Manlius, a fast-rising Class AA challenger off to a 7-0 start.

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