After going 2-15 from 3-point range over the first three quarters, Regis connected on 4-7 in the final frame, giving the Raiders just enough offense to upset top seeded LaSalle Academy in the CHSAA B Division final at Fordham University on Friday night.
In a low-scoring affair, Liam Gallagher was the only Regis player to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Korey Williams (18) and Josiah Chandler (14) combined for 32 of LaSalle's 42 points.
The Cardinals held a 21-17 lead late in the second quarter, but Regis picked up steam by closing the half on a 5-0 run comprised of a 3-point play by Conor Nicholson and a drive by Gallagher, giving the Raiders a slim 22-21 advantage at the intermission.
LaSalle took the lead back at 30-28 on a 3-point play by Chandler, and the Cardinals took a 34-30 lead into the fourth, with Williams scoring 8 of the Cardinals' 13 third quarter points.
Behind Joe Manfredi and Charlie Bostwick, Regis opened the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run, pulling ahead 42-34 before LaSalle narrowed the margin to 42-38.
Chandler's basket made it a two point game at 44-42 with 19.3 seconds left, and LaSalle had two chances to even the score at 44 after missed free throws by Regis. After the Cardinals came up empty on both trips, another missed free throw by Regis gave LaSalle yet another chance, but Chandler's long range heave missed at the buzzer, and Regis had itself an upset win.
The upset gives Regis its third CHSAA B Division title in the past five years, as the Raiders won back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015.
LaSalle was the top-ranked Class B team in New York State in the most recent NYSSWA poll. Regis was not ranked. In fact, the Raiders were not even an honorable mention in the aforementioned poll.