NYSCHSAA Class B Championship / St. Mary’s Lancers (19-7) vs. Regis Raiders (16-11) - The Buffalo News

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NYSCHSAA Class B Championship / St. Mary’s Lancers (19-7) vs. Regis Raiders (16-11)

When: 2 p.m. today at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Gym (streamed live on msgvarsity.com.)

New York State Sportswriters Association Class B rankings: 1. III-Westhill (last week: 1); 3. Olean (4); 25. St. Mary’s (25). Regis has not been ranked.

How they got here: St. Mary’s became the Monsignor Martin Association’s Class B representative when Class B school Nichols won the Manhattan Cup and thusly entered the state playoffs in Class A (Nichols lost in the A semifinals last week). Regis beat Sacred Heart of Yonkers, 47-41, in overtime in Monday’s downstate Class B championship.

St. Mary’s starters and key reserves: 6-4 sr. Tyler English, 6-5 sr. Matt Wrobel, 6-3 junior Corey Kiebzak; 5-10 sr. Dione Strong; 5-1 so. Takal Molson; 6-3 sr. Latrell Tyson; 6-4 jr. Sean Wilson; 6-1 jr. Jake Concannon; 5-7 sr. Anthony Hinton.

Where’s Regis? On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, less than two blocks east of Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Court vision: St. Mary’s, undefeated against Class B competition through the Monsignor Martin season and a top five small school all year, is making its sixth straight appearance in the state championship game. It has lost the last two years. It won the state Catholic B title three times, in 2004, 2010 and 2011. Regis was moved down to Class B this year after five years in Class A but, like St. Mary’s, played many larger schools in nonleague games. Regis senior co-captain Luke Passanannte had 10 points and 12 rebounds in the state final victory.

Who’s got next: The NYSCHSAA champion advances to the Federation Tournament of Champions March 21-23 at the Times-Union Center in Albany. The Catholic champion will face New York City’s Public Schools Athletic League champion at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Brooklyn Community (22-1) plays Fannie Lou Hamer (23-5) in the PSAL title game at 1 p.m. today at Long Island University-Brooklyn.

— Keith McShea

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