BINGHAMTON, NY - The National division of the 21st Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic got under way on Friday with a few New York teams participating. Three of NYCHoops.net Top Ten Teams played with on one coming out of the first day victorious.
St. Raymond Shocked by Philadelphia Electric & Tech
Senior guard Steve Griffin poured in a game-high 26 points to lead Philadelphia ETC over St. Raymond 62-54 in the opening game of the National Division, Friday afternoon at the 21st Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic.
In a contest that was controlled throughout by the Philadelphia ETC, a full-court press by St. Raymond midway through the fourth quarter allowed the Ravens to creep back into the game. Following three straight turnovers by ETC a pair of threes by junior Shawn Jones brought the St. Raymond within four, 58-54.
The four-point margin would be as close as St. Raymond would get as the Chargers' backcourt of Griffin and senior Hakeem Baxter helped hold off the Ravens. The duo combined for 45 of the Chargers' 62 points. Baxter added 19 points and seven rebounds to Griffin's 26. Shawn Jones led St. Raymond with 15 points, while Kayvon Williams added 11.
St. Raymond, a two-time STOP-DWI tournament champion opened the second half on a 9-2 run, cutting the Philadelphia ETC lead to six, 39-33. The run was capped by Steve Jones' second three of the contest. The Chargers were outscored 14-8 by the Ravens in the third quarter and lead by just seven, 45-38, heading into the final frame.
The first half was dominated by the play of Griffin, who dropped 18 points (6-8) igniting the Chargers with four three-pointers. A pair of first-quarter three's by Griffin gave Philadelphia ETC a 19-13 lead at the end of the first period.
Griffin controlled the perimeter while St. Joe-commit Jai Williams worked the inside grabbing six first-half rebounds. The duo helped ETC push its lead to 14, 31-17 with just over two minutes to play in the half. Five straight points by Kayvon Williams trimmed the deficit to nine for St. Raymonds, but another three by Griffin aided the Chargers' 37-24 halftime lead.
St. Raymond drops to the consolation bracket to face off against Lincoln Saturday at 1 p.m.
Loughlin Cruises by I.C. Norcum
Junior Khadeen Carrington netted a game-high 19 points as Bishop Loughlin cruised by IC Norcom 76-60 in a National Division matchup of the 21st Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic, Friday afternoon. The Lions shot a sparkling 51 percent to ease to the 16-point victory.
After hitting just two three-pointers in the entire first half, Bishop Loughlin caught fire in the third quarter pouring in four threes during the period. Carrington led the long range attack connecting twice to build the Lions' lead to as many as 16, 60-44. Bishop Loughlin outscored IC Norcom 21-13 in the third to take a 61-47 lead into the fourth quarter.
Bishop Loughlin continued its dominance in the fourth quarter as Mike Williams flew through the lane for a tomahawk dunk, pushing the Lions lead to 20, 74-54.
Each team had three players post three double-digit outings as Isaak Bodon finished with 16 and Williams ended the game with 13 points for Bishop Loughlin. James Whitaker and Malique Trent each finished with 16 points apiece for IC Norcom, while Troy Locke added 13.
IC Norcom controlled much of the first quarter leading by as many as six, but the Lions used full-court pressure to create easy buckets. A steal by Carrington led to a fast break layup for Bishop Loughlin bringing them within one. The Lions brought the crowd to their feet after a half-court buzzer beater by Bodon gave Bishop Loughlin a 23-21 first-quarter lead.
In the second quarter the Lions began to take over as a fast break dunk by Carrington gave Bishop Loughlin a 31-26 lead. The Greyhounds did not go away, answering with an 8-0 run sparked by threes from Locke and Whitaker to even the contest at 34. The Lions responded with a run of their own scoring the half's final six points to take a 40-34 lead into the locker room. Bodon led Bishop Loughlin with 12 points, while Locke led IC Norcom with 10.
With the victory, Bishop Loughlin advances to the semifinals of the National Division and will face Dunbar Saturday at 5:45 p.m., while IC Norcom drops to the consolation bracket to play Brooklyn Collegiate Saturday afternoon at 2:45 p.m.
Railsplitters Cracked by Trinity
Senior James Quick scored a team-high 15 points to lead Trinity over Lincoln 56-52 in a National Division matchup of the 21st Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic, Friday night. Quick had the decisive points down the stretch including two pivotal free throws with under a minute to play.
Quick led seven different scorers for Trinity, as senior Darryl Hicks added 11 points of his own for the Shamrocks. Trinity forced 17 Lincoln turnovers including four down the stretch helping the Shamrocks overcome a six-point fourth-quarter deficit by holding the Railsplitters to just four fourth quarter points.
Following a Desi Rodriguez layup with 4:29, giving Lincoln a 50-46 lead, Trinity turned up the heat defensively led by Quick. The senior had a pair of steals to ignite an 8-0 run to give the Shamrocks a 54-50 lead with 47 seconds left. Trinity held Lincoln scoreless over the final four minutes and earned a two possession lead on a layup and pair of free throws by Quick. The Railsplitters had several opportunities down the stretch, but turnovers hampered their offense.
Lincoln burst out of the gates in the second half going on a 19-4 run to begin the third quarter. Rodriguez led the Railsplitters with 10 points during the run, pounding the inside for three straight layups on the low post to start the quarter. Lincoln outscored Trinity 25-11 in the third quarter to take a 48-42 lead into the final period.
Darryl Hicks reached double-digits for Trinity with 11 points. Rodriguez led Lincoln with a game-high 20 points, while Elijah Davis added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
In the first half, Trinity used outside shooting to build a 31-23 halftime lead. The Shamrocks went 4-9 from the three-point line, including a pair from James Quick. Lincoln outrebounded Trinity (19-14) in the first two quarters, but 10 turnovers limited the Railsplitters' possessions.
Trinity used a 12-4 run to end the half behind three-pointers from Miles Rice and Darryl Hicks. Both teams shot well from the charity strip as Trinity shot 87 percent (7-for-8) and Lincoln shot 83 percent (5-6). Hicks scored nine first-half points for the Shamrocks, while Tre'vonn Morton and Desi Rodriguez led the Railsplitters with six points each.
Trinity advances to play Philadelphia ETC in the semifinals of the National Division Saturday at 9:15, while Lincoln falls to the consolation bracket to meet St. Raymond on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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