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October 19, 2013
BAYSIDE, NY - A pair of a Brooklyn, NY teams met on the final day of the regular season at the Beacon 158 Back-to-School Classic, with Boys & Girls taking on Brooklyn Law & Tech.
It was a tight game throughout, with neither team grabbing a double digit lead at all in the contest, and even though the Jets fought hard, there was too much Gianni Ford in this one for them, as he carried the Kangaroos to the 63-55 victory.
Juan Ramos got Law & Tech off to a good start in this one as he buried three 3's in the first 6 minutes in this one to give the Jets a 17-8 lead in the early going. Boys and Girls struggled to get the ball inside, and were settling too much for perimeter shots that seemed out of the flow of the offense they wanted to run.
The Kangaroos did start to pressure the ball in the backcourt midway through the first half, and Ford and B.J. Soyemi were aggressive in creating turnovers, which led to easy scoring opportunities. The other aspect of the game that let Law and Tech down was rebounding. While the size difference between the two teams wasn't all that much, Boys and Girls dominated the glass in the opening half, which gave them second and third chances on many possessions.
Anthony Cadogan was a big force on the inside for Boys, and his play, along with the crafty play of Ford allowed the Kangaroos to go on a 15-4 run as they took the lead at 25-21 with 3:30 to go in to opening half.
It wasn't a great opening half for Law & Tech star wingman Matt Scott who was swarmed when he touched the ball, and he never really got easy looks when he drove to the basket. He did hit a big shot off an inbounds play though very late in the half, but Kangaroos sharpshooter Darryl Williams hit a big three from the corner to see that Boys and Girls maintained a 34-29 lead at the half.
Boys got out to a quick start in the 2nd half as Soyemi scored on a short runner in the lane while getting fouled, and then Cadogan finished on the inside off a smooth behind the back pass from Ford, and the Kangaroos had their biggest lead of the game 43-34 with just under 15 minutes to go.
Law & Tech called a timeout, and their coach Kenny Pretlow, settled down his squad, and they really responded. Scott really came up big, scoring 7 straight points of his own, including a left wing three, and the Boys lead was once again down to just 2 with 11 minutes to play.
Ford ended the run with a pull up jumper from about 12 feet, and Jamie Killings followed that up with an alley-oop slam off a feed from Ford. It really seemed to spark the Kangaroos offense, which had seemed to stagnate for a 5 minute stretch, midway through the 2nd half. Brandon House nailed a three for the Jets that seemed to stem the tide, but Williams followed that up with a big three of his own for Boys, and with 4 minutes left, it was 53-44 and Law and Tech was in big trouble.
Scott did all he could to will the Jets back in it, but Ford came up huge down the stretch. He went coast to coast for a left handed layup, and then he nailed a big three after Law and Tech cut it to 56-51. The Jets did manage to stay in it, and once again got it to a 5 point game at 60-55 with 11 seconds left. Pretlow called a timeout for Law and Tech to set up a defensive play at that point, but he was called for a technical as it was ruled he had no timeouts left.
Ford hit the FT's for Boys and Girls to close it out, and while both teams played a great game, the Kangaroos were able to do just enough to pull out the 63-55 win.
Ford, the impressive sophomore floor general, led Boys and Girls with 23 points and a handful of assists. Killings also chipped in 13 point for the Kangaroos.
In the loss, Scott led Law and Tech with 24 points, while Ramos had 17 of his own, including 5 made threes.
H.S. of Construction Drop Kicks Far Rockaway, 64-48
After a tight first half that saw Construction only be up 29-26, the Red Hawks took command in the early going of the 2nd as they started the half on a 10-0 run, and they ended up building a lead of as much as 22. Far Rockaway never quit, but they couldn't get the deficit any lower than 15, and Construction took it in the end by 16.
Junior point guard Justin Wright-Foreman paced H.S. of Construction with a game high 24 points, doing all you would want from your lead guard. Senior big man Justyn Gardner did a nice job on the glass as well and added 17 as well for Construction.
Sharif Fordham, a rugged and tough senior wing, led Far Rockaway in defeat with 19 points, with Isaiah Charles adding 9 of his own in the loss.
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