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This month's reports
January Game Reports
St. Raymond vs. Rice

    On the high school scene in New York City St. Ray's Rice is the equivalent to Duke, North Carolina.  This game got off to a weird start with Daon Merritt and Tariq Atkins suspended for the game for violating team rules, and Julius Hodge and Chris McRae both on the bench for St. Raymond, also for team rules violations.  Rice didn't start Shagari Alleyne.  Russell Robinson got his first start of his career, and started off the right way scoring the games first 2 points only to be subbed 2 minutes later.  With Hodge and McRae on the bench St. Ray's could do very little on offense scoring just 2 points in the quarter (1 free throw each by Elijah Muldruw and Anthony Epps).  Rice took advantage of this and built a 12-2 lead at the end of the quarter.  Even with the entrance of Hodge and McRae St. Ray's still struggled to score, mainly due to Shagari Alleyne's inside presence in the second quarter. Alleyne made his presence felt in the second quarter scoring 4 points grabbing 2 rebounds and swatting 2 shots in just 4 minutes.  As for St. Ray's they only scored 14 in the entire first half, and trailed by 16.  The 3rd quarter belonged to Julius Hodge as he could not miss scoring 18 points in the quarter making all types of shots.  Hodge almost by himself brought St. Ray's within 37-34 as he scored 16 of the 20 in the 20-7 run.  But an 8-0 run by Rice fueled by 5 from Russell Robinson pushed the lead back to 11.  Hodge hit two technical free throws, than with 1 second left on the clock put up a 3 that missed which was his first miss of the game.  If that would have dropped St. Ray's would've been down 6 heading into the last period instead they trailed by 9.  The 4th quarter belonged to Rice.  Keydren Clarke and Shagari Alleyne coupled with Chris McRae and Allan Ray fouling out put away St. Ray's in the 4th.  Rice built a 70-50 lead with under two minutes left.  Rice ended up winning the game 74-60.  With the lost St. Ray's dropped to 8-7 which is already 4 more losses than they had a year ago.  The problem St. Ray's has is only a couple of people on the team are hungry for another championship.  Until that changes St. Ray's will be on the outside looking in of the CHSAA's elite.  One thing that I don't understand is why is Arturo Dubois playing varsity?  What is the point of moving a freshman to varsity and than don't give him any playing time.  The kid played a total of 30 seconds today, and had 1 block to show for it.  Russell Robinson showed he may be the best player for Rice next year, as he scored 9 points and played solid D and played the entire second half.  
    At the beginning of the season the St. Ray's Rice freshman game was supposed to be a game for 2 teams to showoff some of the best talent in the 9th grade but with Arturo Dubois and Russell being moved up to varsity this was a game Rice hoped not to lose by 30.  Rice hung with St. Ray's as they took a 10-8 lead.  But St. Ray's would outscore the Raiders 22-6 to end the half.  Gavin Grant was the star of this game for the Ravens, scoring anytime he wanted to.  Brian Laing showed he can not only score and rebound but he can also pass.  Mike Watson made his return for the Raiders, and played well but his jumpshot was not there.  St. Ray's won the game 56-38 to improve to 14-1.
    Rice was missing two starters from their JV team, Steve Dyer and Desmond Frazier.  St. Ray's ran away this game opening up a big lead early in the second quarter behind the play of Wesley Wicks, Miguel Garcia and Corey Simmons.  St. Ray's built a near 20 point lead before Rice made the score respectable closing the gap to 11 with seconds left.  Cameron Tyler did not play good for Rice and neither did anybody else for Rice.
Mt. Vernon vs. White Plains: Provided by Matt Grasso    

    Today at White Plains high school it was a match up between the top teams in class A in Westchester. White Plains and Mt.Vernon put on a show, with White Plains coming out on top by 3, 66-63. It was a back and forth game throughout all 4 quarters. The first half was the coming out party for White Plains junoir guard Shonte Sasser. He kept white plains in the lead and in the game for the half finishing with 17 after 2 peroids. Will Cherry also played well for Mt.Vernon hitting two three pointers in the first half. Mt. Vernon led the half by the score of 33-32 by a last second runner by Ben Gordon. The second half was similar to the first. Shonte led a balanced attack for White Plains and the star of this half was super senior Markus Austin of white plains. He was tremendous. Coming down the stretch it was a tight game. White Plains went up by 3 and Mt.Vernon had a last second chance to tie it. Jomo Belfor got a good look at a three but was off, White Plains wins. Markus Austin was great for white plains. He played under control and hit some huge shots down the stretch for the Tigers. He finished with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Shonte Sasser finished with 24 points and played tremendous all game. He could be another super junoir to add to the list of many in westchester. Jason Bayuk the PG of white plains played superb defense and had a solid floor game netting 6 points and 6 assists. Mt. Vernon superstar Ben Gordon finished with 19. He played strong yet it was not a better one of his games. Will Cherry shot the ball well in the first half and finished with 16. He has good skills and shoots the ball very well. Jomo Belfor was steady for Mt.Vernon. He scored 7 and had 7 assists. This game was a good one now in the books along with all the games in the history of the great rivalry between Mt. Vernon and white plains. Hopefully we will see as good a game in a rematch later this season.

High Energy/Brooklyn Bridge Challenge
Robeson vs. Grady

    This was the game everyone wanted to see, the top 2 teams in the PSAL, Paul Robeson and William E. Grady.  The winner of this will be called the favorite to win the PSAL championship, and maybe even the state championship.  Robeson opened the game on a 9-4 run looking as if they were going to run Grady out of the gym, but Grady responded by going on a 13-5 run to end the first quarter.  Junior, Quincy Douby dominated the quarter scoring 11 of his 24 points in the opening period.  Grady would keep a slight lead for the rest of the half, holding a 2 point lead at the break.  Gary Ervin began to assert himself early in the 3rd quarter with offensive rebounds and put backs.  He helped Robeson carry a 56-54 lead into the 4th.  Robeson started the 4th on an 11-2 run, to seemingly put the game away.  But Grady would turn the pressure up and get every lose ball to cut the lead to 77-73 behind 2 3's from Douby and 5 free throws from Woody Souffrant.  Although Kenny Adeleke played a terrible game offensively (2 points on 1-12 shooting) he came up with a big block in the final minute to seal the game for Robeson, as they won 79-75.  Anthony Williams and Shakim Berry also played well for Robe, Williams scored 16 and Berry added 14.  Ervin was named the game's MVP as he scored 23 points.  Grady got 17 points from Woody Souffrant in the loss.  
    Even after this game I am still going with Grady to win he PSAL championship.  The reason is very simple, without the hunger they had in the beginning of the season they still nearly beat Robeson, when the playoffs come along you will see the Grady team that beat All Hallows and Loughlin.   Lincoln will also be a factor in the PSAL, because 3 players they have been playing without are coming back, 6'3 Anthony Strong, 6'0 Olabode Olukanni and 6'7 Robert Badger.
Boys & Girls vs. Bishop Loughlin

    Both teams have had tough stretches.  "The High" lost their first 2 games of the year after 17 straight wins, and Loughlin dropped their second league game and than escaped Xaverian without Curtis Sumpter.  Today Loughlin had Sumpter and he was a factor playing very strong downlow grabbing 12 rebounds.  Sumpter also had 2 big dunks as he scored 14 points.  Timeke Mitchell opened the first quarter hot, hitting 2 outside jumpshots in the period.  Boys & Girls would not let Loughlin pull away keeping them within striking distance.  The game was tied when Jason Olive hit a 3 to give Loughlin a 33-30 lead at the break.  The High kept the game close behind Amadou Fall until the final  couple of minutes when Loughlin pulled away to a 69-57 win.  Fall scored 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Kangaroos.  Tommie Eddie also played well scoring about 15 points including 3 3's.  Ted Munford had a solid game for the Lions helping them to the victory.
Kennedy vs. Roosevelt @ Lehman College

    The first quarter started with a Jarret Mathis layup to give Kennedy a 2-0 lead, but then Roosevelt would go on a 8-0 run capped off by back to back 3's from Sophomore Ed Berrios.  After making the score 8-7 with a 3 Junior Mike "Mousey" Wilson picked up his second foul and would not play the rest of the quarter and the Knights wouldn't score the rest of the quarter as the Roughriders ended the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 16-7 lead into the second.  The reason for the lead was the 7 turnovers Kennedy committed to only 2 for Rose.  After being held scoreless and he committed 3 turnovers in the first quarter Kennedy Senior Lashard Duren woke up scoring 7 points and grabbing 3 reboumds in the second quarter.  On the other side Roosevelt's star Sammy Mejia was held scoreless for the half.  Despite Mejia not scoring in the half Rose used balanced scoring 6 points apiece from Berrios, Scott Williams and Jeremiah Lincoln and 5 from Mark Felder to take a 28-20 lead into the half.  Turnovers continued to play a role in the second quarter as Kennedy had 6 which gave them 13 for the half and Rose had 4 and just  for the half.  Another key was Junior Sherif Shittu hurt his back in the first quarter and didn't play the rest of the game, for a team that is already missing Jerome Simmons.  The 3rd quarter saw Kennedy dominate the game behind Duren and Mathis who both played will on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.  Duren scored 7 in the quarter and had 2 steals and 2 blocks, Mathis scored 4 grabbed 2 rebounds and had 2 blocks.  Felix Wilkens and Corey Pigot also played well.  Wilkens scored 5 of his 17 in the quarter and dished out 2 of his 6 assists.  Pigot continued to play stellar defense on Sammy Mejia holding him to just 4 points through 3 quarters and scored 5 himself in the 3rd.  Kennedy would take a 41-37 lead heading into the 4th.  Samuel Moise scored the first 6 points of the quarter to cap an 11-0 run which seemingly put the game away.  Rose would not die as they followed the 11-0 run with a 13-2 run behind Mark Felder and Mejia who finally came alive as they combine to score 18 of Rose's 21 points in the quarter.  Rose led 55-54 when Felix Wilkens hit a layup with 28 seconds left to put the Knights up 1.  On the next possesion Ed Berrios drove to the basket and dished off to Mark Felder who hit the layup and was fouled.  He would nail the free throw to give Rose a 58-56 lead with 14 seconds left.  Kennedy ran a brilliant play after calling a timeout with 9 seconds left which led to Wilkens being wide open for a layup to tie it up with 4 seconds remaining to send it to overtime.  In the overtime Mark Felder fouled out for Roosevelt with 23 points including 13-17 from the line and 8 rebounds.  Trailing 65-61 Rose got a 3-pointer from Mejia to make it a 1 point lead, but the Roughriders would not score the rest of the OT and fell 67-64.  Lashard Duren ended the game with 17 points and 6 rebounds, Felix Wilkens also scored 17 and dished out 6 assists.  After scoring 6 of Roosevelt's first 8 points Berrios only scored 2 the rest of the game and made costly mistakes at the end of regulation and in overtime.  Sammy Mejia scored all 14 of his points in the second half and overtime.  Kennedy improved to 13-6 with the win and Roosevelt dropped to 14-2.
Lincoln vs. Grady

    The first half of this game was very boring to watch as there was nearly 30 foul calls in the half.  Grady held a 30-21 lead after 2, Jerome Richardson (14 points) and Mike Clarke (18 points) kept Grady ahead in the first half as both got easy baskets downlow for the Falcons.  The 3rd quarter had a much better flow to it as Grady pulled out to a 44-34 lead.  But this is when Lincoln finally woke up and went on a 8-0 run which ended early in the 4th quarter.  From then on the game would be close.  Lincoln was able to keep it close behind John Quintana (27 points) who constantly got to the basket and was either fouled or he hit the shot.  With Grady up 55-52 Sebastian Telfair (12 points) hit a 3-pointer to tie the game up.  The score was once again tied at 59, when Lincoln got the ball with 20 seconds left.  Tysheem Knight of Lincoln got pressured as soon as he got the ball over the half court line and in panic threw the ball back to Doug Robinson who was on the other side of the line and Grady got the ball back with about 16 seconds left.  Tyquawn Goode had the ball in his hands on for Grady on the last play.  He nearly lost the handle as he drove to the lane but regained control of the ball and dished it to a wide open Quincy Douby (11 points) who hit the long 2 from the corner.  The ball rolled on the rim for about 2 seconds before finally dropping with 2.8 seconds left.  For Douby it was only his second bucket of the half.  Qunintana had one last chance but his half court prayer wasn't even close as it hit the top of the backboard and Grady can now say they are the kings of Coney Island. Woody Souffrant also played well for Grady scoring 16.  The biggest factor of this game was Sam Mielnik scored just 3 points before fouling out.  Grady has another showdown game with Robeson next Sunday @ LIU.
All Hallows vs. St. Raymond
    All Hallows and St. Raymond met to decide who is the best team in the Bronx.  The first quarter saw Ricky Soliver and Bobby Santiago score all 12 of All Hallows points with 7 and 5 respectively, but they trailed 15-12 at the end of the quarter.  Kenny McMillian hit 3 free throws to start the second quarter to tie the game up.  But St. Ray's would respond and were able to control the second quarter to expand to 31-26 lead at the break.  The 3rd quarter saw All Hallows take control of the game behind continued excellent play from Soliver (28 points) and Santiago (23 points).  Santiago hit free throw after free throw to help All Hallows surge in front.  The real turning point of the game was when Julius Hodge went to the bench with St. Ray's up by 3, when he came back in early in the 4th quarter St. Ray's was down by 5.  The Ravens were able to tie the game up at 48 with about 6 minutes let in the 4th.  But then All Hallows went on a 16-4 run getting easy lay ups off of the St. Ray's press.  During the run All Hallows led 58-52 with the ball when Soliver was called for a 5 second violation with about 3 minutes left, in celebration Davonne Folks jumped up and said something to a teammate and got the ball and was wistled for a technical foul because the ref thought he said something to Soliver who was right next to Folks.  Santiago would hit both free throws, and the Gaels got the ball back and scored to make the score 62-52 so instead of St. Ray's being down by 6 with the chance to cut the lead they were down by 10 and ended all hope for St. Ray's as the Gaels won 73-66.  Besides Soliver and Santiago no one else got double digits for All Hallows.  Hodge led the Ravens with 26 points and 10 rebounds in just 24 minutes.  Chris McRae added 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Daon Merritt played solidly at the point despite not putting up big numbers.  All Hallows showed they will be a contender come March.
    The first game of the day was the freshman game.  St. Raymond's freshman team has only lost one game and that was to Molloy in overtime, and they showed why by absolutely dominated All Hallows in a 68-30 rout.  At one point All Hallows cut the St. Ray's lead to 22-13 before a 20-0 run by the Ravens ended all hope for the Gaels.  Brian Laing played very well down low for St. Ray's as he was too strong for All Hallows. Gavin Grant showed a nice touch from the outside and Kevin Winter got to the basket at will.
    The JV game was dominated by All Hallows sophomore Luis Nieves, who had about 30 points.  He scored from the perimeter in the lane and from the line.  He was able to have a big game because of the box and 1 that was played on freshman star Ronald Ramon who was held to 14 points only 7 came prior to the 4 quarter.  Corey Simmons kept St. Ray's close early on, but faded in the second quarter.  Miguel Garcia had another good game for St. Ray's in defeat.