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December 8, 2013

Jefferson holds off Boys & Girls

BROOKLYN, NY - On Saturday, Thomas Jefferson Campus (4-1) seemed to heading for a repeat performance of Friday's loss to Cardinal Hayes.

Team perseverance saved the day, late in the game as the Orange Wave eventually came crashing down on Boys & Girls Kangaroos (1-2), 79-68.

"Kanga lose!," yelled a relieved Jefferson Head Coach Lawrence "Bud" Pollard. "It's early in the season and we're not quite there yet."

At critical junctures of the game, horrendous free-throw shooting by Jefferson almost cost them a second loss. Pollard took responsibility for his team's poor free-throw shooting. "I gotta do a better job coaching. Last night it cost us and tonight it [almost] cost us."

6'0" senior guard Daquaise Andrews, who transferred from Bayside acknowledged that Coach Pollard would be looking to correct their free-throw saying, "We're probably gonna practice that [Sunday] and Monday. The senior added that fatigue might have also played a factor

Jefferson used their home court advantage early, jumping ahead 11-4 midway through the opening quarter as Andrews laid waste to the Kangaroos defense. Boys & Girls would bounce back as Jamie Killings facilitated a 7-0 run towards the end of the first.

Down by three at the onset of the second quarter, the Kangaroos would continue their run as Dan Francis knotted the game at 19 and again by Killings at 21. The game would remain tied with 6:25 left in the first half until Francis would give Boys High their first lead.

Point guard Darryl Williams would help extend the Kangaroos lead to 31-24 as the game continued at a frenetic pace. They remained ahead by 5 with 3:23 until the intermission but senior guard Patrick Brown would attempt to shift the momentum driving to the hole but poor shooting from the charity stripe was their Achilles heel. Boys & Girls was outhustling Jefferson on the boards for the most part but 6'6" big man Justin "Big Sexy" Barton balanced the scales for the Orange Wave with double-digit rebounds.

Both teams sought to push the ball and drive into the teeth of the defense. The strategy worked both Jefferson and Boys & Girls drew fouls and got the free throw line but nine missed free-throws in a row slowed the score board down to almost a halt.

Boys High was still up by six. Kangaroos head coach Ruth Lovelace was about a minute from go into the locker-room with a momentum boosting lead. That is until Jefferson went on a 9-0 run capped off by a buzzer beating trey Akeem Adams, giving the Orange Wave a 41-39 advantage and the upper hand.

Killings would tie the game at the top of the third but Jefferson would counter to regain the lead. While the Kangaroos competed throughout the remainder of the game, they never recovered from the half time dagger that took their original lead.

Jefferson would lead 67-54 as the third quarter ended with a trey by Shamorie Ponds. The Kangaroos pressed late in the game and sliced their deficit down to 4 with under a minute to go but eventually ran out of real estate and lose by eleven.

Brown finished with 22 points and 5 assists followed by Andrews with 19 points, 5 assists & 11 rebounds. Francis paced Boys & Girls with 23 points with Killings adding 16 points.

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