St. Raymond boys, Aquinas girls play for respective hoops division titles

(03/21/04) FORDHAM - Two Bronx high school basketball teams were playing for the state titles in their respective divisions on Sunday. For the boys, the (1) St. Raymond Ravens took on the (3) Xaverian Clippers for the CHSAA 'AA' state crown. It was a rematch of last week's city championship game, which St. Ray's won 56-42. In the girls' CHSAA 'B' division, the Aquinas Lady Bears played the Holy Trinity Lady Titans.

Last year, the Ravens won the city title game only to lose the state title game to Christ the King. The Clippers hope history repeats itself, so they can knock off St. Ray's. But it did not turn out that way. St. Ray's beat Xaverian 64-54 at Fordham University to win their first state title in three years. They now advance to Glens Falls, NY for the New York State Federation Tournament. There, St. Ray's is ranked #2, and they will play the #1 team in New York, Mt. Vernon, on Friday, March 26 at 8:45 p.m.

In ladies high school hoops, the Aquinas Lady Bears took on the Holy Trinity Lady Titans at St. John's University for the CHSAA 'B' crown. Aquinas fell a bit short, losing to the Lady Titans 60-45. Holy Trinity will go to Glens Falls, but the Lady Bears finished their season at (25-4) -- their best record in school history.

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