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October 12, 2013
BAYSIDE, NY - It was a Cardozo night at the Beacon 158 Back-to-School Tournament on Friday night with both of the Judges teams in action.
One came out on the winning end, while the other didn't have as much success. There was a third game as well on the docket, so here is a recap of the games from Bayside from Friday.
Cardozo "A" Escapes Holy Trinity, 62-58
This Cardozo team was coming off an impressive win over St. Mary's this past Tuesday, so maybe they took Holy Trinity a bit lightly, but the Titans gave them all they could handle, before falling by 4.
It looked like Cardozo was going to end this game early. Ray Salnave, the star for the Judges on Tuesday came out hot again, sinking a pair of floaters in the lane, and coming off a screen to nail a three from the right wing. Cardozo went up 17-5 and looked to have a comfortable lead, but as soon as Holy Trinity inserted junior Billy Sixsmith, things changed. The 6'1" guard was lights out from the perimeter. Each long range shot he put up was longer than the previous one. He nailed 4 first half threes, and the pro-Cardozo crowd started to get behind his long range bombs, getting up off their feet each time he connected on one. If it wasn't for the play of Salnave and forward Armando Dunn, who was a nice presence inside, the Judges would've been in big trouble, Cardozo was up just 31-28 at the half, with Sixsmith causing a lot of trouble, but could his play continue into the 2nd half?
Sixsmith started on the bench in the 2nd half, and Cardozo took advantage, because without a perimeter threat, the Judges were able to lay back and challenge the Holy Trinity guards to shoot. Jimmy Golaszewski and Jack Sixsmith, Billy's brother, struggled though, and off misses, Cardozo pushed the tempo and got out in transition. Kristian Mondesir was big at getting to the basket off of passes up court from Salnave and Jaquan McKennon, who did a nice job of starting the offense, even though he struggled a bit offensively in this one.
It wasn't until 8 minutes into the 2nd half to see Sixsmith enter, and the Titans were down 50-38 at that point. He came in and automatically hit once again from deep. He wasn't just catching and shooting either, as he moved well without out the ball, getting in good spots to get the ball and score deep off the dribble. Brandon Thomson was another offensive weapon for Trinity as he was hot from the elbow on jumpers off of drive and kicks from Golaszewski. The Titans were able to get it to a one possession game, as close as 58-56 with 1:10 to go, but Salnave hit 4 of 4 FT's late to seal it as the Judges, while sloppy at times, were able to hold off a tough Holy Trinity team, 62-58.
Salnave led all scorers with 27 points, proving once again that he is one of the best sophomores in the city. Dunn added 12 as well for the Judges. Sixsmith finished with 6 threes to lead Holy Trinity with 18 points, with Thomson adding 13 as well in defeat.
Molloy Overpowers Cardozo "B", 57-41
Cardozo got out to a quick 10-2 start, but things started to unravel quickly as D'Ante Warren was able to slash his way to the rim, splitting defenses and helping the Stanners go on a 12-0 run to take the lead. Jason Cethoute came on late and the Molloy defense really stepped up as they took a 25-20 lead at the half.
C.J. Davis, who didn't have it going in the opening half, came out hot knocking down a pair of threes, including one where he got fouled in the process. Isaac Grant, a young sophomore, who is a rugged interior player, was dominant in the paint, finishing inside with his back to the basket, showing a nice soft touch with his right hand.
Francisco Williams was solid posting up for Cardozo, but he struggled defensively as Molloy constantly attacking the rim, with Davis and Gabe Kilpatrick hitting shots int he midrange late in the game as Molloy coasted to the 16 point win.
Molloy had a balanced lineup that was led by Grant and Cethoute who each poured in with 12 points, and Davis added 11. Williams was the only Cardozo scorer in double figures with a game high 19 in the loss
Long Island Lutheran Crushes Thurgood Marshall Academy, 58-31
The Panthers were without the services of 6'5" swing man Dimencio Vaughn who had taken ill and was not with them team on Friday, but it probably wouldn't have mattered as LuHi jumped out to a quick lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 27 point win.
The Crusaders had 7 players who had 7 or more points with Tim Quashie leading the way for LuHi with 12 points. Big man Robin Missa and wing Marvin Prochet added 8 apiece for the winners as well. Bryan Assie was the leader for TMA in defeat with 13 points.
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