Daily Sports Digest: Monroe Mustangs Return Home with Another Crown

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Kashay Barnes of Fredrick, MD, poured in 26 points and Aiyah Parham of Baltimore, MD, sank several clutch free throws down the stretch as the women’s basketball team successfully defended its NJCAA Division II national championship in Peoria, IL.

Barnes, who also had eight assists, was named tournament MVP as the Mustangs outlasted Lake Michigan 78-73 in a hard-fought final.

Ninth-seeded Monroe, coached by James Robinson Jr., led the whole game with a lead that rose to 18 in the second half. But the Indians, the seventh seed, were resolute and battled all the way back to take a 71-70 lead with 2:24 remaining.

The edge was short-lived, however, as Parham answered at the foul line as Monroe finished another championship season with a glimmering 31-6 record.

“We had many things happen to us this year that might have made some people think we couldn't do this,” Coach Robinson was quoted as saying. “Maybe something significant was when our point guard tore her ACL right before the nationals; but this championship is about the power of belief, belief in yourself and belief in your teammates. Our players worked as hard as they could to make this happen and they deserve this title and all the accolades they get.”

Supporting Barnes’ MVP showing, Parham poured in 22 points and pulled down six rebounds while Jasmine McRoy of Gaithersburg, MD, had 21 points and six rebounds.

Parham and Verdine Warner of Brooklyn were named to the all-tournament team and Coach Robinson received the Lorene Ramsey Coach of the Tournament award from Coach Ramsey herself, a pioneer in women’s sports and one of the most successful college basketball coaches of all-time.

Section 1 All-Stars

Late last week MSG Varsity announced the Section 1 All-Stars in boy’s basketball. Over the weekend the four teams squared off in two games at Sleepy Hollow High School on Sunday afternoon.

Byram Hills forward Andrew Maloney took home the first game’s MVP award with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyler Sayre of Albertus Magnus shined in the second game with 22 points as he took home the contest’s MVP.

Remembering Bert Sugar

For years Chappaqua’s own Bert Sugar could be seen with his trademark hat and cigar on the edge of his seat at a heavyweight fight. Over the weekend boxing lost its greatest voice when Sugar succumbed to cardiac arrest and passed away at the age of 75. Sugar’s family .

Firefighters Skate for a Cause in White Plains

White Plains firefighters skated against the Westchester County firefighters at Ebersole Ice Rink in White Plains in the 17th annual charity hockey game to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Patch’s Stu Bayer has the .

Donations to help the Ronald McDonald House Charities can be made on the organization’s website.

CYP Tournament Continues

The CYP Basketball Tournament continues tonight as the tournament has reached the semifinals. The first game will begin at 7:15 p.m. with the second starting at 8:30 p.m.

All games are played at Our Lady of Mercy School on Washington Street in Port Chester and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Mortarboard musings

  • Terrell Eaddy of the Bronx had a prolific performance, including four thunderous dunks, in leading the Monroe College men’s basketball team to a resounding 79-50 victory over Columbia State in the fifth-place game of the NJCAA Division I national tournament in Hutchinson, KS. Eaddy had 19 points and six rebounds as the Mustangs put on a seemingly effortless array of dunks and three-pointers to punctuate a magnificent 33-4 campaign. Davon Marshall of Niagara Falls concluded his Monroe career with 960 points, which ranks fourth on the all-time scoring list.
  • Sophomore midfielder Lauren Sbrilli of Martinsville, NJ, notched her second game-winner of the season, as the Rutgers University women’s lacrosse team used a strong second-half comeback to edge Fairfield, 11-10, in double overtime at Alumni Field in Fairfield, CT. Ali Steinberg of Suffern had two goals for the Scarlet Knights (5-3), who return home on Friday to open Big East play against undefeated Notre Dame (7-0). Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. Junior attack Jamie Morrison of Yorktown Heights competes for the Fighting Irish.
  • Junior forward Dante Taylor of Greenburg and the University of Pittsburgh open a best two-of-three championship series at Friel Court in Pullman, WA, tonight for the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) title. The Panthers (20-16, 5-13 Big East) are taking on Washington State (18-16, 7-12 Pac-12). Taylor is a graduate of National Christian Academy in Maryland. Pitt will host the next two games on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Friday (7 p.m. if necessary).

Weekly Sports Poll:

Last week’s poll dealt with the . With the choices of John Calipari, Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Mike Woodson or someone else on the bench next year the Patch public of nearly 800 people voted they would like to see someone else on the bench with Phil Jackson and Mike Woodson finishing a close second and third.

Under Woodson the Knicks are currently 6-1, with big home games against Milwaukee and Orlando coming up this week.

With March in its final week, this week’s sports poll deals with the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in New Orleans. Kentucky and Louisville will play the early game on Saturday night quickly fallowed by Ohio State and Kansas. Now the only question left in the NCAA Basketball season, is .

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