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September 20, 2013
BAYSIDE, NY - The Beacon 158 Back-to-School Tournament continued on Thursday at the Marie Curie Middle School with three games that pit Public Schools against Catholic Schools. Here are the recaps.
Brooklyn Law shuts down Holy Cross, 66-58
In the opening game, it appeared as if Holy Cross was going to run away with the contest as their star guard Jermaine Bishop dropped 13 first half points and their big man Marshall Louis was running on all cylinders.
Brooklyn Law's head Coach Kenny Prentlow pressured his squad to step on defense and they responded, holding Bishop scoreless in the second half en route to an 8 point victory.
Matt Scott led Brooklyn Law with a game high 27 points with Juan Ramos adding 20 points. Louis was high man for Holy Cross with 20 points.
Molloy declaws Eagle Academy, 64-49
Senior point guard C.J. Davis picked up two early fouls and was forced to sit but with 6:38 left in the first half, Molloy still had the edge over Eagle Academy, 14-13. Senior guard Gabe Kilpatrick soon put Molloy up 18-13 and after an 11-0 run, their lead expanded to 12 points with 2 minutes remaining.
Juwan Chapman finally gave Eagle some life but the Stanners still led at the half, 27-17.
Eagle Academy tried to step up their intensity, crashing the boards to start the final half but Kilpatrick got a steal, stole Eagles' momentum and increased Molloy lead to 16 with 16:10 left in the game.
To their credit, during the latter part of the game, Eagle Academy matched up with Molloy much better but could only manage to exchange baskets. With 4:39 left in regulation, Eagle was down 58-39. A late a push would cut their deficit to 12 points with 1:15 but Molloy would go on to win by 15.
Kilpatrick paced Molloy with 15 points with Michael Buckley adding 11 points. Chapman led Eagle Academy with 9 points.
Holy Trinity takes down QHST, 56-49
Two undersized teams faced off in the final game of the evening. Both teams played disorganized early but Holy Trinity managed to make fewer mistakes than Queens HS of Teaching (QHST) and led 10-6 with 9:05 left in the opening half.
Jumpers from the corner by set shooter Jack Sixsmith punted Trinity's lead to 7 with 2:51 but offense by David Isaacs and Brandon Anderson closed QHST's gap to one with 1:10 left in the half.
Queens HS of Teaching, who recently upgraded to Class AA in the PSAL, was only down 25-23 to the Long Island Catholic School. However, QHST's porous defense allowed Trinity to breakaway until a vicious dunk in transition by Sonny Okorie gave QHST some momentum.
Holy Trinity maintained a 4 point advantage as their sets became more efficient but their inability to finish consistently left them vulnerable.
With 10:27 left, QHST trailed by 5 but a when they fouled Jimmy Golaszewski as he swished a trey, they were suddenly down 43-35.
Anderson was probably QHST's ray of hope as he sliced Trinity's lead to 3 points with 6 minutes remaining. In the end, without a sustained offense, QHST would ultimately be unable to overtake Trinity
Golaszewski and Sixsmith led Holy Trinity with 15 points and 14 points respectively. Anderson was the man for QHST scoring a game high 23 points.
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