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PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Mount Vernon continued its quest for a second straight state championship, easily defeating Middletown 98-44 in the Class AA regional finals on Friday night. The Knights led 29-6 after the first quarter and led 79-23 after the third quarter before Middletown scored 21 points in the fourth to pull it a little closer.
“Our coaches, coach Pritchett and coach Dwayne, scouted and they scout better than anybody that I know,” said Mount Vernon coach Bob Cimmino. “They really set the focus for the team. Our defense was keying on their best player; we wanted to deny him the ball and close him out for sure. We were very unselfish with ball.”
Mount Vernon senior guard Isaiah Cousins was spectacular for the Knights, posting 22 points, eight rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks in one of his most complete games of the season. Cousins was dominant throughout the game and had a on the ball steal and dunk to put an exclamation point on the win at the end of the third quarter.
“I just wanted to win the game; I do what I can to help us win,” Cousins said. “We’re on a mission to win the state championship again, so I want to help us do that.”
Jarrel Marshall added 18 points and 10 rebounds and had a variety of highlight plays to keep the crowd buzzing. Marshall and fellow big-man Will Robinson controlled the paint and made it hard for Middletown to even get shots off throughout the game.
“We knew we had a size advantage so we wanted to get the ball inside early and use them,” Marshall said. “Right now we’re on a winning streak and we want to keep it going heading into states.”
Jamell Knott played tough off the bench, scoring 11 points while Randy Stephens added 10 points and four rebounds. Robinson and Qwadere Lovell each had nine points.
Middltown’s Chaston Richardson had a team-high 13 points off the bench and Kendrick Ray and Alfonso James each had nine points. Aaron Ray had four points and nine rebounds.
Mount Vernon advances to face the winner of Christian Brothers Academy and Utica Proctor at the Glens Falls Civic Center on March 17th.