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Boys basketball: Mount Vernon pulls away from CBA

Knights use 30-point fourth quarter to win state semifinal game

CBA’s Earl Ricketts tries to block Jarrel Marshall’s shot during Saturday’s state semifinal game against Mount Vernon.

CBA’s Earl Ricketts tries to block Jarrel Marshall’s shot during Saturday’s state semifinal game against Mount Vernon. Robert Goo

The small spurt at the end of the third quarter turned into a full-blown runaway in the fourth quarter. Mount Vernon scored the first four points of the period to spark a 14-3 burst to give the Knights a 19-point lead. Jarrel Mar-shall added a pair of three-point plays and a monster dunk to put the game out of CBA’s reach.

“Even with the easy baskets we were giving up at the end, we never gave up. We were just too tired,” said Leppanen.

Stephens scored 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Mount Vernon, which went on to win the state title with a victory over Aquinas of Rochester Sunday. Mar-shall contributed 18 points and eight boards.

Krong wrapped up his high school career with 12 points on four three-pointers for CBA. Lott had seven points and three players added six points.

“They did a great job throughout the season,” said Doemel.

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