The Newburgh Free Academy boys basketball team almost did it tonight. Took Rice HS of NYC into overtime, and lost by two. This team really, really showed a lot of heart and pure guts. It was a pleasure to photograph a lot of their games this season, and be around kids who to the man don't know the meaning of sports prima dona.
No overpriced salaried players here. Just pure basketball, good coaching, and great support from the school's administration, parents and fans. Their starting five are all juniors, so it'll be interesting to watch this championship team together again next year. -cg.
Newburgh's Marcus Henderson (#3) reacts after his last second shot fell short, giving Rice HS a 70 - 68 win in overtime in their 2009 Federation Tournament Championship game at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, NY on Sunday, March 29, 2009. Times Herald-Record/CHET GORDON