JAMAICA, NY - The 2012 Wheelchair Charities Classic tipped off at York College yesterday evening. Some of the top high school basketball players from the area participated in the game.
There were two games, Brooklyn/Staten Island vs. The Bronx and Queens vs. Manhattan. Of course both games were high scoring which is the norm for all-star games. In the end, Brooklyn and Queens were able to outlast the opponent and advance to the final on Thursday evening.
Brooklyn/Staten Island bust up the Bronx, 94-86
This game was close from the beginning. The Bronx jumped out to a two point lead at halftime, but Brooklyn started to make their comeback in the third quarter. Eventually, Brooklyn held a 77-74 lead early in the fourth quarter when Boys & Girls guard Tyliek Kimbrough swished a three and doubled the lead for Brooklyn.
The game really was taken over by two kids on the Brooklyn Squad. 6-4 senior guard Rashad Andrews from Boys & Girls was going strong and finishing fast breaks on his way to a game high 21 points. Andrews, has re-opened his recruitment but still may be going to Adelphi to play college ball. Richard Williams, a 6-5 senior wing from Transit Tech, exploded in the final quarter, hitting a three pointer and also ending a break with a dunk. Williams had 13 points and played a nice game. Ervin Mitchell, a 6-3 senior guard from Brooklyn Collegiate scored 17 for the winners.
The Bronx was led by two seniors from the same school. Daniel Dingle, a 6-7 forward on his way to Temple, and Nkereuwem Okoro, a 6-5 wing with a free ride at Iowa State, scored 17 and 16 points respectively. Both players are from St. Raymond.
Queens takes Manhattan, 114-108
This game was exciting just because there was so much energy coming from the Manhattan squad. Queens had the more well-known players, including Christ the King guard Omar Calhoun and Jordan Washington out of Pathways High School. Calhoun will be playing at UConn next season, while Washington is a nationally ranked junior forward. Manhattan players aren't as well known to say the least.
Still, they came out and almost came away with the win. They played pretty good moving the ball around the floor and showing nice teamwork, especially for an all-star game. It was exciting to see Manhattan make a game of it because they looked like the underdog, but in the end it was the more well-known Queens team who were able to hold off their spunky opponents.
Jordan Fuchs and Lebrent Walker dominated the action in the fourth quarter. The 6-6 Fuchs , who is also Calhoun's teammate at Christ the King, was almost unstoppable in the post. Fuchs scored 20 points and he almost made every shot he took in the fourth quarter. Walker was a force, pushing the ball right down the center of the court every time he got it. Walker, who goes to Our Savior New American, finished with a team high 26 pts. Calhoun was steady throughout the whole game with 25 points.
Terry Tarpey out of Fairfield Prep scored a game high 29 points for the Manhattan team. Tarpey will be playing for William & Mary next year.
The consolation game between The Bronx and Manhattan will be played at 5 pm later today at York. The championship game will see Brooklyn and Queens face each other and will be played on Thursday at 7:30pm.
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