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September 10, 2013
BAYSIDE, NY - Monday not only meant the 1st day of school for kids in our area, but it also meant the start of the Beacon 158 Back-to-School Classic.
The tournament this year has 30 H.S. teams, with squads from Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Long Island represented. It was a great evening to get back in the H.S. basketball groove. Here are recaps from the three games that were played Monday night in Bayside.
Elmont smacks Eagle Academy, 63-41
A mild upset of sorts, as Eagle is expected to compete this season near the top of the Bronx "AA", but Elmont was the quicker, stronger, and more aggressive team from start to finish in this one to grab the convincing win.
Eagle hung tough early with the duo of Juwan Chapman and Dontel Henry able to push the tempo and get out in transition as they went up 12-10 six minutes in. Eagle looked good breaking the Elmont press and maintaining a nice pace while hitting a couple of threes, the problem was they seemed to tire quickly. They also struggled on the glass, with Elmont big man Dominique Senat controlling the paint, and scoring at will on the inside. It was a 3 point lead for Elmont late in the half, but Matthew Graham, hit a pair of backbreaking threes from the wing to close the half to give the Long Island school the 37-28 halftime lead.
The 2nd half was all Elmont as point guard, and leading returning scorer Tristan Brown was able to slice and dice his way through the Eagle defense and create with ease. He made beautiful entry passes to Senat for easy buckets, and made a handful of nice drive and kicks to Graham who had 6 threes in the game, showing off a quick release and a nice ability to cause havoc on defenses. Senat had 13 of his game high 20 points as well in the 2nd half as Elmont outpaced and outplayed Eagle for the dominant 63-41 win.
Elmont in the win got 21 points from the sharpshooter Graham, along with 20 from Senat, and 11 from the playmaking machine Brown. Eagle Academy saw their main two struggle offensively, especially in the 2nd half, with Chapman leading with just 11, while Henry was only able to bank 10 points.
Elmont really stepped up and showed that at least for one night, they looked like a team to reckon to with the Nassau "AA" this season, while Eagle has a lot to so if they want to achieve their goal of being a force in the Bronx "AA".
Holy Trinity thumps St. Edmund's Prep, 58-40
A one point Holy Trinity lead at the half was pushed open to a very wide margin in the 2nd half behind the 3 threes of Billy Sixsmith in the 2nd, and Jimmy Golasewski was able to be nice long, and athletic weapon on the inside, were he did a nice job. The Titans had a really nice team effort in coming up with a good amount of steals and getting too many easy baskets for Edmund's good.
Altine King, was a huge bright spot for St. Edmund's as he was a versatile 6'3" combo guard, who was strong enough to fight off defenders, yet quick enough to blow by smaller guys as well. He made a good number of beautiful passes that left the crowd oohing and ahhing, really showing a well rounded skill set. He just didn't get much help as he got doubled and even tripled in the 2nd half, and his teammates couldn't finish on shots, especially in the paint where Holy Trinity has a big advantage. The Titans outscored Edmund's 33-16 in the latter half and pulled away for the comfortable 58-40 win.
Sixsmith and another versatile athletic perimeter guard Peter Alkins, led Holy Trinity with 12 a piece, while Golasewski added 11 in the win. King did all he could for St. Edmund's Prep in finishing with a game high 22 in the loss.
Brooklyn Law & Tech beats-up Van Buren, 54-38
This was a 12 all tie 7 minutes into the game, but Law and Tech finished the last 13 minutes of the half on an impressive 24-0 run to take complete control and go up 36-12 at the break.
Law and Tech's Matt Scott, a 6'3" guard, who impressed so much up at the Ball by the Beach tournament, was once again on his game, showing a great ability to break down defenses off the dribble, and using both hands to finish at the rim. He had a nice mid range game on display as well, as he showed again that he is one of NYC's sleeper stars. Juan Ramos was the long distance threat that stretched the defense for Law and Tech as well, hitting on three in the game.
Van Buren did all they could to keep things respectable late. After going down as much as 31 in the 2nd half, they fought back behind the play of Brian Foster to make things look better late, but Law and Tech cruised home for the 54-38 win, looking like a team to beat in the PSAL "A" division this coming season.
Scott led Law and Tech with 27 in the win, with Ramos adding 11. Foster was the leader for the VeeBees, pacing them with 9 in the loss.
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