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Class B Southeast Regional: Mattituck vs. Burke Catholic
Behind Zach Rufer's 21 points -- mostly from the outside -- and 6-7 Brendan Miller's 16 -- mostly from underneath -- Burke Catholic topped Mattituck, 75-59, in the Class B Southeast Regional at Farmingdale State.
Steve Ascher scored 18 points, Tom Ascher added 14 points, and Connor Davis and Cody Huntley each scored eight for the Tuckers (16-7).
Burke Catholic's size in the front court allowed them to use a pressure (pestering) man-to-man defense on the perimeter and the bigs stifled the paint. That press defense forced several turnovers, which were converted into fast-break buckets.
Mattituck had won its first Long Island title since 1979. Burke Catholic is 21-2.