On a day typically set aside for the National Football League, sports enthusiasts had a chance to see some top-notch basketball at the Times Union Center on Sunday.


Five games were played as part of the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer High School Challenge. The headliner saw Long Island Lutheran get the best of Albany Academy, 75-57.

Long Island Lutheran, 14-4, entered the game ranked third in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class A poll while Albany Academy is 12-2 now and occupies fourth in the same category. It also ends an 11-game win streak by the Cadets.

K.J. Lee led Long Island Lutheran with 21 points while Ryan DiNicola contributed 20 points.

Albany Academy featured Darrien White pumping in 16 points. Jelani Curri put together 15 points and Mike Paparian added 14.

Coach Brian Fruscio's squad was coming off an impressive 85-65 win over Burke Catholic on Friday, the state's best Class B school.

The teams could meet again after the regular season in the Association of Independent SchoolsI Tournament.

In other games played at the TU Center, Watervliet got past Lansingburgh, 50-46, in a Colonial Council game featuring the DiBacco brothers. Orlando coaches Watervliet and Guy is in charge of Lansingburgh.

Antoine Johnson paced Watervliet with 21 points and earned the MVP honor while Tyler McLeod and Jordan Gleason each added 11.

For Lansingburgh, Raheem Felder was the lone double figure scorer with 15 points.

Meanwhile, Newburgh Free Academy turned away Green Tech, 71-54. Jarrod Scurlock delivered 17 points to lead four double figure scorers for NFA. Maurice West took scoring honors for Green Tech with 17 points.

Mohonasen downed Niskayuna, 53-50, in a battle of Suburban Council schools. Grant Massaroni was the offensive star for Mohonasen with 23 points while Killian Tallman helped pumping in 12.

Chris Giglio and Aaron Gordon each tallied 10 points on the Niskayuna side.

In a Big 10 encounter, Bishop Maginn defeated Schenectady, 51-43. Rushon Young led Maginn with 15 points. Jallah Tarver and Abel Marrero paced Schenectady pumping in 16 and 10 points, respectively.

Article by Mike Collar