Mount Vernon Boys Beaten In State Regional Basketball Overtime Thriller

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Devonte Banner, seen here at the Section 1 championships last week, led Mount Vernon with 23 points in a 69-66 overtime loss Saturday.
Devonte Banner, seen here at the Section 1 championships last week, led Mount Vernon with 23 points in a 69-66 overtime loss Saturday. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The Mount Vernon High School boys basketball season ended Saturday when Union Endicott High School stopped the Knights 69-66 in overtime of the Class AA boys regional championship game at Binghamton University.

The Section 1 champion Knights led by three points on a Tyger Hackett 3-pointer with three minutes left in overtime after the game ended at 59-59 on a Yahanni Bartley free throw with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter to force overtime.

Devonte Banner scored 23 points to keep the Knights in the game through the third quarter

Union-Endicott guards C.J. Krowiak (25 points) and Osama Barwari (23) led the way for the winners, who advanced to the state semifinals at Glens Falls, Saturday, March 15.

Brandon Martin added 18 points and Bartley gad seven for Mount Vernon, who led 49-43 after three quarters but could not hold the lead.

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Sorry to see the Knights fall, but congratulations anyway on such a competitive hoops season. These young men work very hard and are committed to each other as a team. They have an exceptional coach who is teaching them life lessons beyond the court.