Williamsburg school crowned NYSAA champions
Apr 04, 2017 | 9352 views | 0 0 comments | 416 416 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lyons Community High School is the new champion of the New York Scholastic Athletics Association (NYSAA).

The Williamsburg school defeated Martin De Porres High School of Rockaway Park in the title game on Saturday at Eagle Academy in southeast Queens.

The game began slowly, with neither team scoring until almost four minutes into the first quarter. Early baskets by Francisco Santos and Dysheen Harrell pushed the Brooklyn school to the lead by the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, De Porres, who fought from the eighth seed to make it to the title game, pushed back with strong interior play. They began to attack the paint with senior Alyle “Ice” Ali and freshman Jaheim Williams.

But a series of runs by both teams ended the half with Lyons Community enjoying a commanding 28-16 lead.

The third quarter saw early three pointers by Jahmere Coles and Taji Upperman of Lyons. In the final quarter, De Porres went back to NYSAA First Team member Ali, who had a game-high 26 points and 14 rebounds, but key defensive plays by Santos sealed the deal for Lyons.

Santos finished the game with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and six steals and was named the game’s most valuable player.

Martin De Porres, coached by Atef Aiken, defeated last year’s champion Innovation Charter and newcomer Cristo Rey Brooklyn on their way to the final game.

The Steve Revel-helmed Lyons entered the tournament as the second seed and defeated Manhattan Business Academy and The Brooklyn Latin School to make it to their first championship appearance.
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