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Mount Vernon Boys Top Newburgh To Advance In State Basketball Playoffs

Devonte Banner, seen here after the Section 1 championship game on Sunday, March 2, helped lead the Mount Vernon Knights to a win over Newburgh in Wednesday's Class AA regional semifinals.
Devonte Banner, seen here after the Section 1 championship game on Sunday, March 2, helped lead the Mount Vernon Knights to a win over Newburgh in Wednesday's Class AA regional semifinals. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- Devonte Banner and Brandon Martin each scored 12 points Wednesday and the Mount Vernon High School boys basketball team topped Newburgh Free Academy 66-48 in the Class AA state regional semifinal at SUNY New Paltz.

The Knights play Section 4 champ Union-Endicott on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Binghamton University with the winner moving on to the Class AA Final Four in Glens Falls.

Mount Vernon led by a slim 32-26 at halftime but extended the lead to 51-40 after three quarters and moved away from Newburgh in the fourth.

Judah Alexander had 10 points and 8 rebounds and Tyger Hackett and Yhanni Bartley each added nine points for the Section 1 champion Knights, who have won 15 of the last Section 1 titles.

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