align="center">Joneses, Taylor lift Westchester stars to Wheelchair Classic win
By Kevin Devaney Jr.
The Journal News • April 25, 2008
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NEW YORK - Mookie Jones finally knows what it's like to win again.
The Peekskill basketball star guided Westchester to a 122-110 win over Manhattan/Bronx in the championship game of the Wheelchair Classic at LIU-Brooklyn last night. Jones scored 17 points and Stepinac senior Tony Taylor had 16 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to earn MVP honors.
"Kevin (Jones) and I were just joking that we finally won something," said Mookie Jones, whose Peekskill team had a three-year run as Class A state champs ended last month. Kevin Jones, who had 15 points and 12 rebounds, also lost his final high school game when Mount Vernon's two-year reign as AA champs ended.
"We wanted to win this game because Westchester is not known for beating the city teams."
Westchester was competing in the 36th annual event for just the second time.
The Joneses led a balanced effort. Sean Kilpatick of White Plains had 15 points, and New Rochelle's Simeon Marsalis and Blessed Sacrament's Jhared Hall each had nine.
Mookie Jones had eight third- quarter points as Westchester turned a three-point halftime deficit into a 17 point lead.
Curtis Denis, a Blessed Sacrament grad headed to New Mexico, scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter as Westchester held off Manhattan's comeback.
"This proves that Westchester isn't just a bunch of upstate kids who can't play basketball," the George Washington-bound Taylor said.
"I don't know how long it will be before Westchester puts a team like this on the court," Westchester coach Anthony Nicodemo said. "As far as talent, this might be the best year."