Federation basketball tournament recap: Glens Falls, Albany Academy finish on top

GLENS FALLS – Two Section 2 boys basketball teams closed out their seasons as New York State Federation champions.

Glens Falls defeated Cardinal O’Hara 88-79 in the Class B final Sunday, March 24, at the Cool Insuring Arena, while Albany Academy eased past Frederick Douglas Academy 75-49 for the Class A title.

Joseph Girard III propelled Glens Falls to the Class B title with a 43-point performance in the final. JG3 struggled to hit his three-pointers, as he made four of his 19 attempts. However, the Syracuse University-bound guard sank all 19 of his free throws to guide the Indians.

Trent Girard contributed 21 points for Glens Falls, which jumped out to a 44-29 halftime lead. Justin Hemphill netted 26 points, and Haakim Siner added 20 points for Cardinal O’Hara.

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Glens Falls advanced to the final with a 77-70 overtime victory over South Bronx Prep in Saturday’s semifinal round. JG3 scored 42 points and stole an inbounds play late in overtime to seal the Indians’ victory in front of a sold-out crowd. Trent Girard chipped in with 13 points, and Nick Danahy added 10 points for Glens Falls.

Albany Academy left no doubt which team was the best in New York with its performance against Frederick Douglas. The Cadets pulled out to a 44-13 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way to win the Federation title.

August Mahoney hit eight three-pointers on his way to a 24-point performance for Albany Academy. Rob Brown scored 16 points, and Andre Jackson had 13 points and nine rebounds. Derek Jeter Mejia netted 14 points for Frederick Douglas.

The Cadets advanced to the Class A final with a 71-56 victory over The Park School Saturday. Mahoney led the way with 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, while Jackson chipped in with 18 points and 10 boards. Noah Hutchins paced Park School with 18 points.

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