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Shaw Lifts Hastings' M.L. King To State Title Game

The Martin Luther King Tigers upset the top seed University School to advance to the Class D state final.
The Martin Luther King Tigers upset the top seed University School to advance to the Class D state final. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Jermaine Shaw made a key free throw Friday to lift the M.L. King boys basketball year to a 56-53 comeback victory over the University School in the state Class D semifinal in upstate Glens Falls.

Shaw's free throw made the score 56-53 and University School missed a long three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Chris Sanchez made two important free throws that gave MLK a late lead.

The fourth-seeded Tigers (14-8) trailed by five points at halftime but used a third quarter comeback to take a 46-38 lead after three quarters.

Peter Hargrove, who led all Tigers scorers with 21 points, scored seven points in the third quarter to lead the second-half comeback.

Shaw had 13 points and nine rebounds, Rajien Griffin scored 11 and handed out eight assists and Dashawn Johnson added seven points and a game-high 19 rebounds for the hometown Tigers.

MLK advanced to Sunday's championship game against either New York Mills (20-3) or Argyle (22-0), the other two semifinal teams.

The University School was the top seed in the tournament with a record of 19-4.

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