Saturday, March 28, 2009

As alum Dances, Curtis' run ends (Lance Named Co- Mr. Basketball)


As alum Dances, Curtis' run ends

Written BY Mark Lelinwalla
NY DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

GLENS FALLS - You can bet Curtis High School will be tuning in Saturday afternoon to see if Zaire Taylor (pictured) can help lead third-seeded Missouri to victory over top-seeded UConn for the right to go to its first NCAA Final Four.

Taylor, a Staten Island product and former star at Curtis, helped the Tigers upset second-seeded Memphis on Thursday night.

But while Taylor continues to try to thrive in the national spotlight, his high school alma mater fell way short of advancing to the New York State Federation Class A championship game in Glens Falls. Long Island Lutheran flattened Curtis, 67-42, Friday night in the Class A semis here at the Civic Center.

The Warriors got off to a slow start, and Lutheran made them pay, stretching them out on defense. Lutheran led 30-16 at halftime and 51-31 at the end of third quarter and was up by as many as 26 in the fourth. Hofstra-bound Curtis power forward Halil Kanacevic finished with only 10 points.

"Against a team this good," Curtis coach Richard Buckheit said, "there's no margin for error."

Despite the disappointing showing in Glens Falls, Curtis still has something to look forward Saturday: Taylor and Missouri against UConn.

"I know of Zaire and what he's doing," Kanacevic said. "It's the Curtis tradition."

LANCE STEP: Lincoln star Lance Stephenson was named co-Mr. New York Basketball, sharing the award with Jamesville-Dewitt senior guard Brandon Triche. Stephenson broke Sebastian Telfair's state career scoring mark in February and last weekend helped Lincoln become the first team in PSAL history to win four straight city titles.

JAMESVILLE-DEWITT 67, IONA PREP 55: CHSAA "A" Intersectional champ Iona Prep (28-1) scored the game's first seven points, but couldn't contain Triche, who scored 16 first-half points to lead the Red Rams (27-1) to victory in the state Federation "A" semifinals at the Civic Center

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