Collegiate has done it again. A year after The Dutchmen broke through the tough ranks of New York City private school basketball teams and then surprised many upstate competitors, they repeated as Class “B” state champions. Collegiate traveled to Glens Falls in March and disposed of Brooklyn College Academy and then Bishop Kearney to win the Federation Tournament of Champions.
Collegiate won both games by running away to early leads and then enduring comeback attempts. Against Kearney, a team from Rochester, in the championship match-up, the Dutchmen took a 34-17 halftime lead but saw that advantage shrink to one point with only seconds remaining. Harrison Green sank a free throw (one of 24 on the day for his team) to put the lead back up to two, and then Collegiate squeaked away with the victory after a potential game-winning shot just missed.
The win over Brooklyn College Academy was a little less tense, though The Dutchmen saw a 16-point lead trimmed to five at one point. Christian Fisch led the team in that game with 19 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, while Will Bartlett had 14 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks. Bartlett scored 16 against Kearney and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
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