WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Top-seeded Mount Vernon forged a second-half comeback Thursday and held off upset-minded Mahopac for a 43-40 victory in the Section 1 Class AA boys basketball semifinals at the County Center.
The Knights (19-2) trailed by five points at halftime but tied the game at 32-32 after three quarters by outscoring upset-minded No. 6 Mahopac 14-9 in the third quarter.
Mount Vernon advances to Sunday's Class AA title game against No. 6 Spring Valley at noon in the County Center.
The Knights, who have made the Section 1 Final Four 20 consecutive years under coach Bob Cimmino, were upset by rival New Rochelle in last year's championship game on a buzzer-beating three-quarter shot by Khalil Edney that garnered national media coverage.
Mahopac's 3-point attempt to tie the game with less than five seconds remaining failed.
Section 1 Championship Finals Schedule
Friday, Feb. 28 Boys Class D championship. No. 1 Biondi vs. No. 2 Clark Academy, 3 p.m. Boys Class C championship.. No. 5 Tuckahoe vs. No. 3 Haldane, 5 p.m. Girls Class C championship. No. 1 Haldane vs, No. 3 Keio, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 Girls Class B championship. No. 4 Dobbs Ferry vs. No. 7 Woodlands, noon Boys Class B championship.No. 6 Woodlands vs. No. 4 Putnam Valley, 2 p.m. Boys Class A championship. No. 1 Eastchester vs. No. 2 Walter Panas, 4 p.m.
Sunday, March 2 Boys Class AA championship. No. 1 Mount Vernon-Mahopac vs No. 6 Spring Valley, noon. Girls Class AA championship. No. 7 Mahopac vs. No. 1 Ossining, 2 p.m.