SOUTH JAMAICA, NY - Two interesting games took place on Friday at the iS8/Nike Spring HS Classic in Queens. New Heights tried to play against the TGT Warriors with younger reinforcements.
That was followed by a good game between the Brooklyn Badgers and Team Watson.
New Heights (Jrs.) lay out TGT Warriors, 66-54
With a few of their players MIA due to SAT's, New Heights had to rely on players from their younger team in order to compete. Led by first quarter points from their go-to-guy Paul Jorgensen (13 points) initially, it appeared as if New Heights had the game well in hand
Up 30-16 at the half, New Heights was in cruise control - that is until the TGT Warriors decided to make a game of it. Down by 15 midway through the third quarter, TGT went on a 19-0 run led by the guard tandem of John Dewey (8 points) and Desmond Byfield (17 points).
Nigel Grant (16 points) would eventually tie the game at 36, followed by a basket inside by Jonathan Noboa (5 points) to take the lead by a deuce. To add insult to injury, Jorgensen would go down and out of the game in the third with an ankle injury.
New Heights would find themselves down 40-39 to start the fourth quarter and head Coach Joel Shapiro had his work cut out for him. "We went to a 3-2 zone to spread them out," he said. The strategy appeared to be working as Nakye Sanders (12 points) and Chris Robinson (12 points) put New Height back out in front by 5 points with 4:57 left to play
The Warriors did not relent as the lead changed hands but a strong finish by speedy Cardinal Hayes freshman guard Baron Goodridge (13 points) along with dominant inside play by Tyshawn Myles (13 points) would stretch out the lead for New Heights en route to a 12 point win.
Brooklyn Badgers (D) Splat Team Watson, 67-54
The Brooklyn Badgers would take off in the first quarter as Jamie Killings (21 points) went on a scoring tirade. Up 19-6 to begin the second quarter, the Badgers were still ahead 11 points at the half as Marvin Prochet (13 points)and Ryan Preston (14 points) contributed from the perimeter. It would be a steep uphill climb for Team Watson but it appeared as if they might be for the challenge.
Charles Hatwood (15 points) and Melick Thomas (11 points) would hold it down for Team Watson offensively in the first half making way for Dwayne Pow (10 points) to make it a dog fight as he helped to close the gap to 5 points to begin the fourth quarter.
The Badgers would eventually break down Team Watson's defense as Killings scored key transition points down the stretch to open up a double digit lead.