CLIFTON, N.J. -- Sean Banks scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half to lead Bergen Catholic to a 74-61 victory over Clifton H.S. on Thursday night.
Trailing by two at the half, the Crusaders wrested control of the contest in the third quarter.
A Banks three pointer with 3:13 to play in the quarter gave Bergen Catholic a 47-38 lead.
Clifton pulled to within a point moments later, but the Crusaders never relinquished the lead.
Banks (pictured right) was a big reason that B.C. was able to hold on in the final minutes.
Clinging to a 63-59 lead in the fourth, Banks scored two buckets in a 7-2 spurt that enabled the Crusaders to take a 70-61 lead with :40 to play.
The second basket was a thing of beauty, as Banks slinked along the baseline and made a pretty reverse finish with 1:15 left. Moments later, the Crusaders' Tim Englert stole the ball and laid it in to cap the decisive run and put the game out of reach.
Guard Joe Sandberg added 18 points for B.C., while forward Miles Orman tallied 15 for the winners.
Devon Moffat, an impressive sophomore guard, led Clifton with 23 points. Southpaw three point slinger Amaury Casillas chipped in 15 while Albert Torres added 12 for the Mustangs.
Early on in the process, Sean is hearing from North Carolina, Louisville, Syracuse, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Connecticut, St. John's, Villanova, Providence, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Ohio State, Kentucky, and Missouri, and Duke.
Banks is a scoring machine who is hard to defend on the wing due to his quickness. Banks, who has nice size to his frame and a very good first step to the basket, is developing a game from the perimeter too.
As he accomplishes this balance in his game, Banks is expected to be one of the top players in the class of 2003. He averaged 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three blocks last season as a sophomore.