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McMillan back at states

Devon (Fatty) McMillan, who made it to Glens Falls last season as an All-Long Island guard for Uniondale, was back this year after transferring to Newburgh Free Academy.

McMillan's team lost again in a state semifinal, as CBA Albany defeated NFA, 60-41, Saturday. McMillan had six points, five rebounds and two steals.

"Devon was a great help to us," NFA coach Dave Doemel said. "He can do it all, especially on the defensive end. He had a great season." According to Doemel, McMillan is being recruited by Hofstra.

Calling on the reserves

When Westbury center Luckens Victor got his second foul early in the second quarter of yesterday's state Class A semifinal against Newark, the Green Dragons were forced to go the bench. They needed the 6-6 Victor as much as they could later to guard Newark 6-7 center Javon McCrea.

Forward Aldo Gatica and guard Mikel Hooks saw the most time off the bench and were effective. They combined for seven straight points in a two-minute span of the second quarter. Hooks finished with four and Gatica three and helped defend McCrea. Westbury led 16-15 when Victor departed. Seven minutes later at halftime, they still led 28-23.

"When Victor goes out, he's our only guy above 6-3. I thought we did a great job in the second quarter," Westbury coach Dave Graff said, "but over the course of the game [McCrea's] talent rose up." He had 25 points and 18 rebounds in Newark's win.

WRESTLINGStars galore

Huntington's Damon McQueen (119 pounds) and Ryan Fox (160), Syosset's Nick Arujau (125) and Central Islip's Andy Rodriguez (145) represented Long Island for Team New York in the 36th Dapper Dan Classic Saturday at Pittsburgh's Fitzgerald Field House. McQueen, Arujau and Rodriguez all won state titles in Albany last month.

Team New York had a dual meet against the Western Pennsylvania All-Stars before Pennsylvania All-Stars took on a USA all-star team in the "The Rose Bowl of Wrestling."

The state champs will head to Virginia Beach on Wednesday for the high school nationals.


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