April 11, 2008

United Brooklyn Tops Knights

Despite playing shorthanded, the Knights (comprised of Holy Cross players), gave a loaded United Brooklyn squad all they could handle until Brooklyn pulled away in the fourth quarter, winning 86-75 at the iS8.

The first half was the Sylven Landesberg show, as the McDonald's All-American poured in 30 first half points by using an array of moves off the dribble to attack the basket. Despite not having fellow Holy Cross seniors Blaise Ffrench and Kayvon Roberts, the Knights had the game tied at 24 heading into the second quarter.

Big East-bound seniors Darryl Bryant (West Virginia) and Patrick Jackson (Rutgers) kept United Brooklyn in the game, as the two New York City players combined for 26 first half first half points. A lay-up and a foul from Bryant with just over three minutes to play in the first half gave United Brooklyn a 31-28 lead. However, a lay-up from Landesberg with 6 seconds left gave the Knights a 40-38 lead heading into halftime. The Virginia-bound Landesberg led all scorers with 30 first half points for the Knights, while Joe Monahan chipped in with 6 points. Boys & Girls' Patrick Jackson led United Brooklyn with 14 points, while Bryant contributed 12 points.

The Knights continued to hang with United Brooklyn during the third quarter, as both teams ran a fast transition game. Both squads remained tied at 61 heading into the fourth and final quarter.

United Brooklyn made adjustments to put the game away in the final 8 minutes, as they played a trapping defense on the forward Landesberg to keep the ball out of his hands. A lay-up by "Truck" Bryant gave Brooklyn a 78-67 lead, which, they wouldn't relinquish, as they went on to win 86-75. Sylven Landesberg led all scorers with 40 points, while Bryant scored 29 points for the victors.

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