J-D pulls away, earns fourth straight sectional title

Less than 30 seconds into the third quarter, Coleman got the ball and dunked it home, all while getting fouled. He completed the three-point play to make it 28-22, and the Rams' attack started flowing again.

Still, Cortland would not go away, only trailing 44-40 when, as the third-quarter clock ran out, Cavanaugh sank a huge 3-pointer from the corner that banked off the glass before going in. It proved the catalyst for a 13-0 run that all but sealed the outcome.

Cavanaugh, who finished with 16 points and was named Class A tournament MVP, said his poor performance in that first Cortland game served as a prime motivator here - though he added that it helped immensely to have Mitchell (who had 15 points in the final) back to occupy the Purple Tigers' attention.

McKenney agreed. "Tyler played a bad game (back in January)," he said. "He was eager for an opportunity to show what kind of player he is."

Of course, it was Coleman that put on the big show in the final period. He had two more big dunks, but the imposing 6-10 junior also stepped back and hit a pair of 3-pointers, all part of a 13-point effort in that last frame that wiped out Cortland's chances.

Now J-D can turn its attention to a quest for a fourth consecutive state Class A title. It must win two regional games this weekend at Cicero-North Syracuse in order to return to Glens Falls for the state final four.

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