BROOKLYN, NY - iS8/Nike Spring Classic was back at the Bed Stuy Dome on Sunday with 6 games involving some of the biggest stars in the New York area. The day started out with a buzzer beater, and ended with a team clinching a 4-0 undefeated regular season.
In between there was a lot of impressive play and well contested action. Here is a recap of the day from the Dome.
Brooklyn Badgers "C" overcharge Money Team, 59-57
It was a matchup of 2 unbeatens to start the day, but it got off to a tough start for the Money Team, who came a bit late and were down 8-0 to start. That didn't hold them back though as Omar Williams (Cardozo '13) came out hot nailing a couple threes to get Money back into it quickly. The Badgers for their two games Sunday brought in Noah Woods (Trinity-Pawling '14), and the guards contributions wrote immediately felt as he was great with the ball in his hand, and created getting inside on numerous occasions.
It was tied at 57 and looked destined for OT late in the game when Doudmy Saint Hilaire (South Shore '14) found Fred Ruffin (South Shore '14) inside and he connected right as the final horn sounded to give the Badgers the tight 59-57 victory.
If not for the initial 8 point deficit for being late, the Money Team may have been looking at another win. The Badgers got the W though and were led in the win by Woods and Devyn Wilson (South Shore '14) who each had 13 points. Williams paced the Money Team with 19 in the losing effort.
The Rens bankrupt Money Team, 79-74
The 2nd game of the day for the Money Team was no easier facing a tough Rens team who were hungry for revenge having lost their last is8 game a couple weeks back to the Badgers. They came out looking like a team on a mission as well. They fell behind a bit very early on, but countered that by going on a 15-2 run to end the opening quarter to go up by 10. Jon Severe (Christ the King '13) the Fordham bound guard, looked good on his jumper, and seemed more comfortable in this one. Another 1st half star for the Rens was 5'9" guard Isaiah Cosbert (Christ the King '13). The future St. Rose player was on fire from deep showing why he is one of the best shooters in the city. The Rens were up 12 at the half and built a sizable 19 point lead at one point, and all things looked good, but all that changed in the 4th.
Severe had to sit out a large stretch in the 4th with a minor toe injury. He ended up returning, but not before the Money Team got back into it. Elisha Boone (Abraham Lincoln '14) slashed his way through defenses for easy baskets, and the pressure defense of Williams and Rasheed Robinson brought them within 3 late in the game. They could have tied it after Adonis Delarosa (Christ the King '14), who was so good for most of the game, missed a front end of a 1 and 1, but Williams missed a deep three, and Jordan Fuchs (Christ the King '13) sank a pair of FT's to seal it and give The Rens an important 79-74 win.
Severe and Cosbert led the way with 17 each, while Fuchs and Delarosa had 15 and 12 respectively. The Money Team, which took their 2nd loss of the day, were paced by Boone's 18 points.
Panthers (Juniors) claw Brooklyn Badgers "C", 75-54
The Badgers were looking to stay unbeaten against the Panthers, who brought firepower with them in Isaiah Whitehead (Abraham Lincoln '13), Temple Gibbs (Seton Hall Prep, NJ '16), and Andre Walker (Christ the King '14). Add in the Lincoln duo of Elijah Davis and Desi Rodriguez, and it was too much for the Badgers to ultimately handle.
Whitehead started out on fire knocking down his fire 5 shots, putting in 11 in the opening stanza as it seemed like the Badgers just didn't know what hit them. They were down after one 23-7, and it didn't get much better from there. Femi Olujobi (Brentwood '14) was a force on the glass for the Panthers as they dominated both inside and out, with Whitehead and Gibbs being able to do almost anything they wanted offensively. Whitehead had 19 at the half, Gibbs had 12, and the Panthers were comfortable up 41-26.
The barrage continued as Hilaire and Wilson struggled to find their shots against the aggressive defense of the Panthers, and Whitehead hit a three at the buzzer to go up 58-39. The Badgers did fight back with Ruffin doing a nice job inside finishing in the paint to cut it within 13 with 5 minutes to go, but the Panthers eased the lead back up to 21 before the mercy rule was applied as the Panthers took the win 75-54.
Whitehead led all scorers with 27 on the win, while Davis added 13. Wilson and Ruffin each had 12 to lead the Badgers.
PTP Elite fly by B.C. Eagles, 68-56
PTP finished the regular season 4-0 after finishing off B.C. late after a tough, hard fought contest.
Mike Milligan (Northport '13) ripped a three late in the 1st quarter to help PTP take a 15-10 lead after 1. Luke Petrasek (Northport '13) took control of the 2nd quarter with a couple of monster dunks, while also being a major defensive presence. Mike Coffee (Burke Catholic '13) hit a couple threes to bring the Eagles back within two late in the half, but Stephen Milhaven (St. Mary's '14) finished on a big and one inside right before the half and PTP went up by 5 at the break.
Milhaven came out aggressive to start the 3rd quarter backing in on two occasions and finishing strong at the rim, and the combo of him and Petrasek who was big swatting away shots on Eagles driving in. Coffee and Jack Dwyer (Burke Catholic '14) were able to penetrate when Petrasek sat for a stretch late in the 3rd, but when the big 6'9" forward came back into the game, he helped PTP widen the lead back up to double digits as PTP won comfortably at the end over the B.C. Eagles, 68-56.
Milhaven led PTP with 17 points, with Petrasek adding 13 along with more than a handful of blocks. Coffee led all scorers in the game for the Eagles with 18 points, including 4 threes.
Huntington Park Warriors top NYC Finest, 48-35
Huntington Park Warriors Out ball Brooklyn Ballers, 52-45
The Philly based squad came to NYC for 2 games and went back home with 2 wins on Sunday, using stifling defense and great guard play from Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia Electrical and Technology, PA '13), who is Maryland-Eastern South bound, to lead the way. He had a combined 37 points in the 2 games to lead the way for Huntington Park. 6'9" Monmouth signee Zac Tillman (Shipley, PA '13) was a dominating force on the glass as well using his size and strength to control both games in the paint.
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