BINGHAMTON — Corning held Mt. Vernon to its lowest point total in a win this season, but couldn’t find its offense as the Hawks fell 57-33 in the Class AA regional finals on Sunday at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

“I thought we got looks, sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in,” Corning head coach John Fesetch said. “Sometimes when the ball doesn’t go in it affects a team’s defense, it did not affect our defense. Our guys were very tough to play against today.”

Corning opened the game by missing its first three shots as Mt. Vernon jumped out to a 4-0 lead.

The Hawks then netted five straight points on a Jon Werner layup and a Brendan Walker three-pointer to take a 5-4 lead.

Corning’s run continued as the Hawks pushed their lead to 12-8 on another layup from Werner and a put-back and one from Myles Bankston.

The Knights ended the quarter on a 4-1 run highlighted by a beautiful reverse lay-up from Noah Morgan that cut Corning’s lead to 13-12.

Mt. Vernon came out firing in the second quarter on the strength of a 7-0 run on a triple from Morgan and two buckets from Greg Calixte and Demetre Roberts, respectively that put the Knights up 19-13.

Corning battled back, trimming the lead to 21-18 on a second triple from Walker and a mid-range jumper from Jason Rodriguez.

Mt. Vernon ended the quarter on a 4-1 run as Morgan scored off one of his eight rebounds in the first half, while Calixite added another bucket in the paint.

The Knights’ lead at intermission was 25-19.

“Honestly I look for one thing at halftime, who’s getting the best shots,” Fesetch said. “I thought we ran good offense and got looks. I told the kids, you know, we’re getting better shots than they are and to just let it fly.”

Coming out of halftime, Rodriguez netted a three to cut Mt. Vernon’s lead to 25-22, but the Knights responded with a three from leading scorer Jason Douglas-Stanley and a bucket from Brandon Scott to push the advantage back up to eight, 30-22

Rodriguez converted a three-point play to keep Corning in the game at 30-24.

The Knights started to use their length as the six foot eight Calixte and six foot five Morgan pushed Mt. Vernon’s lead to 34-24 with 2:33 to go in the quarter.

Corning held Mt. Vernon scoreless the next two minutes, but could only muster a Jaylen Nuckles free-throw.

A bucket from Brandon Scott upped the Knights’ lead up to 36-25 with 33 seconds remaining.

Rodriguez capped off his seven point quarter with two free-throws, pulling the Hawks closer, 36-27.

Mt. Vernon ended the quarter with a three-point play from Demetreus Roberts that made the score 39-27.

Calixte took over in the fourth quarter for the Knights, as the size of Mt. Vernon proved too much for the Hawks, scoring six points as they broke the game open. Eric Monroe netted eight points in the fourth quarter for the Knights.

An Ivan Jubilee three-pointer proved to be Corning’s last bucket.

Calixte led the Knights with 12 points and Morgan had 11 points. Rodriguez had 14 points to lead Corning.

With the win, Mt. Vernon advances to the Class AA State Semifinals against Section VIII’s Westbury next Saturday at 2 p.m. Corning’s season ends after its first sectional title since 1998.

“Basketball-wise, my only goal when you ask me what my expectations are during the season is for the kids to be competitive,” Fesetch said. “There was only one game I was disappointed in our effort this year, and that’s pretty good.”

“I think what I’m most proud of what our kids represent,” said Fesetch. “The way basketball players should represent the school.”