ALBANY - After Devonte Green, Long Island Lutheran's leading scorer, came down awkwardly on his left ankle late in the first quarter, Marvin Prochet and Chris Atkinson came up big.

Prochet, a 6-7 junior forward, scored 15 first-half points to help build a seven-point lead, and Atkinson scored 14 second-half points to expand that advantage as Lutheran pulled away from Green Tech, 68-52, Friday night in a Federation Class AA semifinal at the Times Union Center.

The Crusaders got their lead up to 18 points in the fourth quarter when Atkinson (15 overall points) hit a jumper and Prochet (26 points, 15 rebounds) converted a three-point play and nailed a jumper. Prochet had a dunk just before the buzzer, a fitting exclamation point to his big night.

Atkinson, a junior who has started at Lutheran since midway through his freshman year, is usually the team's playmaker. But without Green, he added some much-needed backcourt scoring to complement Prochet's inside game.

For the second year in a row, Lutheran (22-4) will face Christ the King for the Federation championship, at 8:30 tonight. CTK outlasted Cardozo, 54-51, in overtime in the other semifinal Friday night. The Royals defeated the Crusaders in last year's Federation title game, 72-64.

The Crusaders played most of the second quarter without Green, who scored six first-quarter points but appeared to sprain his left ankle on a hard drive to the basket. He returned midway through the second quarter for a few plays, but was limping and left the game moments later. He smacked a chair behind the bench in frustration, but was soon seated and cheering on his teammates.

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He was in the lineup for the start of the second half but was quickly removed after clearly being hampered as he missed an open three-point shot. He spent the rest of the game on the bench with his left leg elevated.

Lutheran had been playing a zone to protect Green, but once he was sidelined, the Crusaders switched to an aggressive man-to-man that helped break open the game.

The Crusaders have won a state-best seven Federation titles in three different classifications.