BROOKLYN, NY - This past weekend was opening weekend for the Conrad McRae Summer League.
There was a full slate of games at Dean Street Park on both Saturday and Sunday for the high school division. The last game of the weekend between Jefferson and Bishop Loughlin was a good one. Jefferson dominated the first half of the game, only to see Mike Williams and Loughlin storm all the way back with a 17-0 run in the third quarter.
Loughlin turned a 38-29 halftime deficit into a 50-43 lead halfway through the third quarter. They never lost momentum after they stormed past Jefferson. Loughlin led the rest of the way and won the game 72-61.
Jefferson caught fire late in the second quarter. Jefferson forward Jermoine Faison was an animal on the boards, plus he scored 10 points in the period. Two three pointers late by Patrick Brown helped Jefferson go into the intermission with a 9 point lead. The two teams started of the second half going back and forth. That was when Loughlin caught a break and the game changed.
The 17-0 run started with the score 43-33 in favor of Jefferson. Williams, a 6-1 guard, was able to gather an offensive rebound and put it back for the score. Williams scored 10 of the 17 points in the run, with a few coming off of offensive put-backs. The run was like a knock-out punch thrown by Loughlin. It landed right on the chin of the Jefferson team, and they could never recover enough to get back in the game.
Jefferson guard Jaquan Lynch was able to finally stop the huge run when he got into the paint with a well-executed jump stop and floater. Lynch scored the next 3 points from the free throw line and the score was just 52-48 going into the fourth quarter.
Loughlin came out on fire to start the final stanza, and they let Jefferson know that they weren't going to take their foot of their necks. Two pull-up jumpers by Darius James opened up the scoring in the quarter. Then James (8 points) did a Williams impersonation by scoring off an offensive rebound. That put Loughlin back up by 10.
After Jefferson went 3 out of 4 from the free throw line, Loughlin restarted themselves. It began when Williams delivered a perfect pass to Javien Delacruz for another bucket. That was when it became obvious that Loughlin was not going to let Jefferson get back into the game.
Williams was one of the leaders and never let up, scoring another 7 points in the period. The 21 points ended up being tied with Khadeen Carrington. Carrington had a "quiet" 21, mostly because he missed some difficult lay-up attempts where there was a lot of contact and no fouls were called. Also, almost every basket Williams made was a huge one, because a lot of the baskets were the result of extra effort and hustle.
Khalik Howe added 14 points for Loughlin. Jermoine Faison scored a team high 19 points for Jefferson while basically being the only inside player in the game. Faision grabbed a ton of rebounds in the game. Lynch scored 18 points, 10 from the free throw line. He missed a couple of lay-ups where he penetrated and was in great position to score.