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February 13, 2011

PSAL Borough Championships

On Saturday, in addition to the Brooklyn Borough championship, the PSAL also held championship rounds between the top public schools in the Bronx, Queens and Manhattan.

Most of the wins were lopsided as the cream eventually rose to the top and spilled over.


Bronx Borough Championship: Wings Fly By J.F.F., 73-54

Darius Ward (10 points) led the junior laden J.F.K. Knights, scoring from various points on the court. After being down by a point in the first quarter, Wings Academy flew out in front of John F. Kennedy, 40-27, as Deonte Houston (11 points), Steven Gomez (12 points) and Justin Jenkins (24 points) provided a balanced offensive attack.

In the third quarter, J.F.K. went on a 13-7 run to cut the lead to 7 points as Carlos De Jesus (19 points) and David Hardy (12 points) got hot from the perimeter.

Wings would maintain a 52-43 lead going into the fourth quarter. Amby Fall (15 points) provided a substantial defensive presence while Jenkins would spark a 9-0 run that extended Wings' advantage to 18 points with 5:18 left to play. De Jesus would end the run with his 4th and 5th three-ball but would unfortunately foul out shortly thereafter leaving a clear path to victory for Coach Billy Turnage's team.


Queens Borough Championship: Dozo Crash Thru Bayside, 62-43

Bayside represented the Cinderella team while Benjamin Cardozo was the heavy favorite. The Commodore's took down a favorite in the previous round as they beat last year champs, Forest Hills in the previous round. "Everybody doubted us," said Bayside head coach Cory Semper.

Talented sophomore Austin Williams and senior point guard, William Dobie would quickly put Bayside ahead 5-zip and it seemed as if the Dozo Judges would be the next Goliath to fall prey to the Commodores. That is until senior PG Chris Gayot began to score. Good ball movement kept Bayside in front by 6 points with 3:05 left in the half but Ta'Jay Henry would cut that lead in half and jumper from the top of the key by Jermaine Lawrence tied the game at 14 going into the second quarter.

Shelton Mickell began to heat up and netted a trifecta at the top of quarter which put Cardozo up 17-14. It would be the first 3 points of a 13-0 Judges run punctuated by a dunk by Lawrence, leaving Dozo up, 27-14 with 3:22 left in the half. Terrell Hunt would begin to add points in transition and Bayside would find themselves down 35-16 at the half.

Unable to stop the snowballing effect, the Commodore deficit would remain at 19 points at the beginning of the fourth and at the end of the fourth.

Both Gayot and Mickell led Cardozo scoring 16 points each with Lawrence adding 12 points. Dobie led Bayside with 17 points with Williams adding 10 points.


Manhattan Borough Championship: Wadleigh Demolishes Bayard Rustin, 76-46

In a game that was over before it began, the Wadleigh Tigers went on a 20-9 run in the first quarter and led 41-14 at the half.













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