St. Anthony’s had its chances. Heaven knows.
In fact, it attempted 73 field goals to Ossining’s 58.
But it converted only 27, wasting, in part, second and third chances stemming from its 20 offensive rebounds.
So Ossining, which won 80-70, will play in Sunday’s 5 p.m. Slam Dunk championship game vs. Irvington, while the Friars play in an earlier consolation.
But it’s not like Ossining didn’t earn its way to the finals.
After a sometimes sloppy but mostly entertaining first half, which ended with it trailing 36-35, the Pride exploded.
Jalay Knowles, the 6-foot sophomore center, who’ll probably take more shots, becoming more of an offensive force, as she matures, got things going with an inside two.
After a St. Anthony’s 3 and a Knowles foul shot, Saniya Chong hit the offensive boards to put back Knowles’ miss on her second free throw.
That gave Ossining a 40-39 lead—a lead it would never relinquish.
A good part of the reason was that Chong was Chong and then some.
She drained six 3-pointers over the course of the game and was a perfect 18-for-18 from the free-throw line en route to a 46-point game.
And Knowles showed that Ossining will have life after the senior Chong graduates. She had 15 points and 15 rebounds.
“Collectively, I think we read did a great job,” she said.
She was right and is also likely right in predicting her team will need a similar effort to beat Irvington.
Her inside matchup against Bulldogs’ 6-1 senior center Alexis Martins (22 points, 17 boards against Long Island Lutheran) should be fun to watch.