St. Raymond's wins 64-63 00:02:00
St. Raymond's defeats St. Anthony's, 64-63, in the opening game of the SNY Invitational.

NEW YORK -- In the battle of New York City vs. Jersey City, the Big Apple came out on top.

In the first game of the SNY Invitational at City College of New York on Friday night, St. Raymond took out St. Anthony's, 64-63, in dramatic fashion to advance to Saturday's championship game (SNY). The Ravens (11-7) will face the Christ the King-Mount Vernon winner in the final. The Friars (11-3) will meet the loser in the consolation game at 2 p.m.

Minnesota-bound point guard Isaiah Washington, who recently inspired Carmelo Anthony to come watch him play, scored seven of his game-high 23 points in the final period, when the Ravens outscored the Friars 17-11. Junior forward Darius Lee went for 18 points and nine rebounds, coming up huge down the stretch with six points in the final stanza.

"It was a great win for our guys today, a great win for the program," said Ravens coach Jorge Lopez, whose team rebounded from an 86-75 beatdown against Catholic League rival Archbishop Molloy on Wednesday. "Now let's finish it off with a championship."

St. Raymond is seeking its first SNY Invitational championship, while Bob Hurley and the Friars were looking for their third title after winning in 2011 and 2013. No school has won the event three times. Cardozo is not playing in this year's event after winning the last two years.

St. Anthony's appeared like they might contend for their third title when they led 58-52 in the final minutes, but the Ravens closed the game on a 12-5 run.

The 6-foot-3 Lee was relentless down low, scoring six straight points, including a putback that put St. Raymond up 60-58.

"Isaiah and Omar wasn't playing that good, so I felt like I had to step up," Lee said.

Said Washington: "He finally stepped up. I know he was capable of doing it and he finally showed up today."

After Howard-bound guard R.J. Cole (team-high 17 points) hit a floater to tie the game at 60 with 1:08 remaining, Ravens junior guard Omar Silverio hit the biggest shot of the game, a short jumper from the right side to put St. Raymond up 62-60.

After St. Anthony's turned the ball over on a shot-clock violation, Washington hit two free throws to extend the lead to 64-60.

Brandon Redondo hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Friars for the final points of the game.

The Ravens seized a 30-24 halftime lead behind eight points from Lee and six from Washington. St. Ray's shot 4-of-12 from beyond the arc in the first half.

But St. Anthony's heated up in the third quarter, outscoring the Ravens 28-17 to seize a 52-47 edge. Sophomore Alexander Rice, the son of Monmouth coach King Rice, and Cole got hot, combining for 18 points and shot 4-for-6 from deep in the period.

In the end, St. Raymond's was tougher down the stretch.

"That was a big win for me and my team," Washington said. "St. Anthony's, I think they was No. 2 in the Tri-State area right now, so us beating them we'll move up in the rankings. We are going to have a lot more confidence in ourselves, we can play anybody who steps on the floor with us."

St. Anthony's, the reigning New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner, has now lost three of their last five games since seeing their 41-game winning streak come to an end against New Jersey rival The Patrick School earlier this month at the Dan Finn Classic in Jersey City. Two days later, they lost their second straight game to Alabama-bound shooting guard John Petty and Jemison (AL) at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

They have won 28 state titles and 13 Tournament of Champions crowns under the Naismith Hall of Famer Hurley, but will have their work cut out for them with teams like Hudson Catholic and The Patrick School in the Non-Public B bracket in New Jersey.

On this night, the New York City team was too much for the Jersey City team.

"It's amazing," Lopez said. "I think up to this point, that's probably as a coach my best win, to go up against a Hall of Fame coach, I'll take that any night."

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World Wrestling Entertainment, better known to the general public as WWE, frames itself as family-friendly entertainment -- a paradoxical label for a company that books predetermined fights.

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The Mid-Island Little League team from Staten Island has been eliminated from the tournament following a 7-3 loss to Peachtree City (GA).

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Normally, these interviews with Hart are funny given his comic nature. However, things got deep when Hart brought up Odom's darkest moment back on Oct. 13, 2015. The 2011 6th Man of the Year was found unconscious and bleeding from his nose at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada. 

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The Mid-Island Little League team from Staten Island suffered their first loss to Honolulu, 10-0, in the Little League World Series on Wednesday night.

Chris Bedford got the start for Mid-Island, who represents the Mid-Atlantic region at the LLWS. Though a couple runners were on, Bedford managed to roll a grounder to second baseman Gregory Bruno that looked to end the inning. However, a costly error would force home the first run of the game. 

Then, with bases loaded, Bedford hit a batter, sending home another run. Luckily, though, he would strike out another Honolulu hitter to end the inning. 

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It was a pitcher's duel between Mid-Island Little League and Post Oak Little League from Houston, TX, but Mid-Island took a 2-1 win to stay undefeated in Williamsport. 

Gregory Bruno, who is Mid-Island's ace, tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball to keep Houston's lineup at bay throughout the afternoon. Bruno also collected six strikeouts as well. 

Houston had their ace in Ryan Selvaggi on the mound as well, and he was dealing early on. In the bottom of the third, though, Mid-Island finally struck after getting back-to-back hits. Selvaggi, then, got a little wild, tossing two errant pitches that allowed a run to score. 

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Justify began his racing career on Feb. 18, a scant 77 days before the Kentucky Derby. He won his first three races by a combined 19 lengths, making trainer Bob Baffert a believer.

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The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was made the early 4-5 favorite in the 10-horse field for Saturday's race.

Baffert is not a fan of the inside post for his horses, no matter what the race.

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Vin Parise catches up with Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard and junior Angel Delgado after their 83-79 loss to Kansas.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Malik Newman scored 28 points, Udoka Azubuike stood toe-to-toe with Seton Hall's bruising Angel Delgado, and No. 1 seed Kansas held off the plucky Pirates 83-79 on Saturday night to send the Jayhawks to their third consecutive Sweet 16.

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Seton Hall center Angel Delgado shoots against Villanova during the second half of a college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Newark, N.J. Villanova won 69-68 in overtime. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)
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WICHITA, Kan. -- For top-seeded Kansas, production at the point made up for the loss of a post in the paint in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

That tradeoff might be difficult to pull off Saturday, however, when the Jayhawks (28-7) face brawny Seton Hall (22-11) at Intrust Bank Arena.

Senior point guard Devonte' Graham was sensational in a first-round win over Penn, posting 29 points, six rebounds and six assists to wake up the slow-starting Jayhawks. The performance prompted Bill Self to stack up his point guard with past Kansas greats.

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) Kevin Willard was watching TV on the eve of Seton Hall's NCAA Tournament opener against North Carolina State when the self-described "Mr. Negativity" turned to his wife and asked what he would tell his core group of seniors if they lost.

Together they had resurrected a program fallen on hard times, yet success in March had been hard to achieve. Two straight years, the Pirates had been knocked out in the opening round.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Marvin Bagley III dominated in his NCAA Tournament debut, pouring in 22 points to go with seven rebounds as Duke rolled by Iona 89-67 on Thursday.

The Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year made 10 of 14 shots in 32 minutes, grabbed seven rebounds and knocked down his lone 3-point attempt as the second-seeded Blue Devils overwhelmed the 15th-seeded Gaels.

Grayson Allen scored 16 points and added a game-high nine assists for Duke (27-7), Trevon Duval finished with 19 points and eight assists and Gary Trent Jr. had 16 points and six rebounds as the deeper, more talented Blue Devils withstood an early push from Iona (20-14) to win going away.

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Seton Hall men's basketball coach Kevin Willard previews his team's matchup with NC State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Travis Fields Jr. and Ed Polite Jr. each scored 13 points to lift Radford to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win, 71-61 over LIU Brooklyn in the First Four on Tuesday night.

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Seton Hall, Iona and LIU-Brooklyn all qualified for the NCAA tournament and will play first-round games later this week.

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St. John's men's basketball head coach Chris Mullin discusses the team's lack of energy in an 88-60 loss to Xavier.

NEW YORK (AP) Sean O'Mara put an exclamation point on Xavier's runaway victory with a two-handed jam in the final seconds and Paul Scruggs cupped a hand to his right ear as the school band played the team off a winner.

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NEW YORK (AP) Shamorie Ponds returned from an abdominal strain and scored 26 points and ninth-seeded St. John's took over in the second half to beat ninth-seeded Georgetown 88-77 in the first round of the Big East Tournament on Wednesday night.

Marvin Clark II scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half and the Red Storm (16-16) beat the Hoyas (15-15) in the first round for the second straight year. It also was St. John's first win over Georgetown in three games this season and its sixth win in nine games overall.

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Seton Hall men's basketball coach Kevin Willard breaks down his team's 77-70 win over Butler on Saturday.


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PHILADELPHIA (AP) St. John's took down another of the nation's elite, and stunned No. 1 Villanova 79-75 on Wednesday night for its second win over a top-five team this week - and first over the top-ranked team in 33 years.

Shamorie Ponds scored 26 points to spark the Red Storm (12-13, 1-11 Big East) to its first conference win of the season and easily their best week since Chris Mullin was in uniform, not the coach.

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But the Island Long Lutheran center's performance stood out this afternoon as he helped to propel his team in the SNY Invitational championship as they defeated Cardinal Hayes Cardinals, 76-57.

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Hudson Cathlolic defeats Archbishop Molloy, 83-64, in the SNY Invitational consolation game Saturday at City College.

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After falling to Cardinal Hayes last night, the Hawks cruised to an 83-64 routing over the Archbishop Molloy Stanners in the star-studded consolation game of the SNY Invitational. 

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In the first round of the SNY Invitational, Cardinal Hayes defeats Hudson Catholic, 57-55, to advance to the finals on Saturday.

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In the first round of the SNY Invitational, Long Island Lutheran defeated Archbishop Molloy, 77-67, to advance to the finals Saturday.

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"It's an incredibly difficult tournament," McCleary told SNY.tv. "When we first met, they hadn't done the matchups and they said to me, 'Who would you prefer playing?' I said, 'That's like asking, 'Do you want to die by lethal injection or firing squad?'

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Michelle Yu joins former Mets great John Franco at Trattoria Il Mulino to cook and talk about the Mets and New York City.

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Patrick Ewing will make his return to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday as the Georgetown Hoyas face off against the St. John's Red Storm.