WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Even when he's not scoring points, Dave McClure helps Trinity Catholic in a number of other ways.
Yorktown (N.Y.) H.S. learned that lesson on Friday night at the Westchester Slam Dunk Challenge, as McClure ripped down 16 rebounds (10 offensive) to go along with 13 points as the Crusaders coasted past the Corn Huskers, 60-40.
McClure, a 6-6 junior forward who is the target of a number of high major programs, helped slam the door shut on Yorktown in the fourth quarter.
Trinity Catholic led 50-37 when McClure's three point play (the result of yeoman effort on the offensive glass) kick started a 7-0 run with a three point play with 2:20 left in the contest.
Moments later, McClure followed with a short baseline jumper, then ripped a defensive rebound on the other end and outlet passed to a streaking Torey Thomas for an easy deuce the pushed the lead to 57-37 with 1:44 remaining.
Trinity Catholic led by eight at the half and never trailed in the game, methodically building on the lead throughout the second half on the way to the easy win.
Thomas, an unsigned 5-10 senior point guard also getting D-I looks, was very solid for the Crusaders. He finished with 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. Sophomore swingman Craig Austrie actually led Trinity Catholic's attack with 19 points and 10 rebounds, providing some athletic pop around the basket in his 6-0 frame.
Austrie, McClure and Thomas were major reasons why the Crusaders enjoyed a healthy 52-32 advantage on the glass, including a whopping 29-7 disparity on the offensive ledger.
Jamie Procino, a scrappy 6-4 junior small forward, spearheaded Yorktown's effort with an 18 point, five rebound performance. He was the only Corn Husker to hit double figures in the loss.
Trinity Catholic (1-0), which is located in Stamford, Conn., will square off against White Plains H.S. at 7 p.m. on Saturday night in the Slam Dunk Challenge title game.
Yorktown will battle Fox Lane H.S. at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the Slam Dunk consolation contest.
McClure has played in the past for the Playaz, sponsored by NBA superstar Vince Carter.