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October 17, 2013
BRONX, NY - With the playoffs on the horizon, a depleted St. Raymond Ravens would take on Manhattan Center on Wednesday at the Tru-Ballaz Pre-HS Classic.
The evening would end with a buzzer losing finale between Brooklyn Law and Eagle Academy.
St. Rays Takes Manhattan Center, 71-25
St. Raymond Ravens were depleted as Kayvon Williams rode the bench with an injury while big man Luis Santos remained at home, studying for a math test according to his coach, Jorge Lopez. On paper it appeared as if the Ravens were in for an uphill battle versus Manhattan Center but early in the first half, that uphill battle turned into a downhill sheet of ice.
St. Rays skated ahead 37-15 at the end of the first half as Shawn Jones scored from the perimeter over a chaotic and undisciplined Manhattan Center team.
With no real resistance from their opponent, the Ravens would go up 56-21 as Donald Flores and Eugene Everett joined in on the aerial show. The game descended into offensive and defensive embarrassment for Manhattan Center, as St. Raymond knocked down 13 three-balls en route to mercy rule stoppage by the refs.
Jones, Adams and Flores led the Ravens with 14 points each. No one on Manhattan reached double digits.
Eagle stuns playoff bound Brooklyn Law, 47-46
Brooklyn Law had already advanced to the playoffs while Eagle Academy was playing for nothing more than pride. Pride would win by a point.
Brooklyn Law was up 23-21 at half as Matt Scott led the way. Eagle Academy, paced by Jaquan Strong, came back with 6.2 left in the third to take have lead 62-61 going into the fourth as Tyshaun Mack scored.
With 6:38 left to play, Eagle Academy increased their lead to eight as Brooklyn Law committed multiple turnovers. Brooklyn Law gained some ground as Eagle Academy got a bit cocky but with 3:38, they still led 42-35.
Brooklyn Law's head Coach Kenny Prentlow, forseeing a possible upset, laced into his squad as they were falling prey to a team that wasn't even going to the playoffs.
With 13 seconds left in the game, Eagle Academy led 46-42 and had possession but a turnover and a foul put Scott on the line with 7 seconds remaining with a chance to cut it to 2 points. After missing the first free-throw, Scott hit the second, which cut the lead to 3 with 3.1.
Brooklyn Law immediately fouled Marques Dubose who went also went 1 for 2 and kept them up by four points. Scott's missed free-throw would come back to bite where the sun don't shine as a 2/3 court heave at the buzzer by the 6'3" senior went in but still left Brooklyn Law down a point as time ran out.
Strong led Eagle Academy with 12 points with Juwan Chapman adding 10 points. Scott led Brooklyn Law with 18 points.
QUARTERFINALS (Saturday 10/19/13)
Location: Frederick Douglass Academy III (PS 157)
3630 3rd Ave. Bronx, NY 10456
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