May 4, 2008

Stars make example of United Brooklyn

The defending iS8/Nike champions, the Shooting Stars made a statement winning 102-85 over United Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. Play-off season starts this Thursday May 8th, and the Stars seem hungry for a repeat.

The Shooting Stars, more like the All-Star Monsters, are stacked with the talent of Samardo Samuels who had 23 points, Erving Walker with 22 points, and Mookie Jones amongst other highly ranked players.

Samuels helped the Stars take an early lead, unstoppable in the post and also hitting several three-pointers. He also was a major presence in the paint not allowing any nonsense lay-ups to go up.

Darryl Bryant had 37 points for United Brooklyn as he kept them within 10 points early in the game. Patrick Jackson contributed with 25 points for U.B. and began to heat up late in the first half. After half time he went on a run by himself in the first two minutes with two steals, two three-pointers, and another long two to bring the U.B. within 6 points, 60-54 with about 6 minutes left. That would be the closest score since tip-off.

However, U.B. would only score once more for the rest of the 3rd quarter. As Jackson came off his hot streak, the Stars began to pull away ending the 3rd quarter 74-56.

U.B. had a 9-0 run in the mid-fourth quarter to get back within 10 points, making the score 82-74 with 3:44 minutes remaining.

From that point on it was the Erving Walker show. He scored the majority of his points in this quarter. U.B. tried to press, but not many teams are very successful at pressing Erving Walker in the backcourt. When U.B. finally decided to double-team it was already too late.

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