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October 2, 2013
BRONX, NY - Brooklyn Law (formerly known as Acorn) continues to prove that they're a team not to be overlooked on the NYC high school basketball landscape.
On Wednesday, they took on and took over John F. Kennedy, 78-73, at the Tru-Ballaz Pre-HS Classic.
Late in the warm-up quarter, Kennedy led 16-11 as senior PG Jeremy Rodriguez scored from the arc. They also got buckets on the interior as 6'6" junior Darius Webster pounded inside. Brooklyn Law stayed relevant as their one man show, Matt Scott, closed the gap to a bucket to start the second quarter.
Rodriguez earned his sharpshooter status, draining another trey from the corner to regain the lead for Kennedy. Juan Arias extended that lead with a jumper from the opposite corner and Brooklyn Law was down by five.
Scott tied the game at 22 with a steal in the opening seconds of the quarter but Kennedy still pushed their lead to eight before Brooklyn Law responded again. With 3 minutes left in the half, Kennedy was ahead by 9. A late run Brooklyn Law made the score 37-34 with 2 minutes. A strong finish by Kennedy gave them a 43-36 advantage to begin the third.
Kennedy held serve early in the quarter as Webster impressed but Brooklyn Law continued to hang around. With 2:35 Arias took the lead 55-54 for Brooklyn Law as he nailed a three-ball. Scott increased that lead to 5, scoring in transition.
Stepping up on the offensive boards sustained Brooklyn Law's lead the throughout the quarter. Thirty seconds remained and they were still up 59-54. Webster made a dent as he drew a foul and capitalized from the line and pulled Kennedy to within a point to begin the final quarter.
60-59 was Brooklyn Law's lead to start the fourth but Kennedy turnovers increased that lead to 7. Unable to hold off Brooklyn Law with a zone, Kennedy was still down by 6 with 4:42 but would not relent.
Brooklyn Law began to milk the clock, leading by seven with 2:40 left in the game. Webster tried to keep the pressure on offensively but poor free throw shooting reversed Kennedy's progress. Up by eight with 1:05, Brooklyn Law would go on to win.
Scott notched a game high 27 points with Juan Ramos adding 20 points. Arias was the high man for J.F. Kennedy with 22 points. Webster contributed 18 points.
New York NEWS