Gary Ervin, on the heels of a 24 point performance
in the semifinals, sparked Riverside Church with a 22
point performance to help lead Ernie Lorch's crew to a
95-76 win in the finals of the CYP Tournament in Port
Chester, New York.
Ervin is likely to head to prep school if he doesn't qualify academically. He would then be one of the top guards in the 2003 class and would likely be recruited on a high division one level. Ervin will have a lot of Big East interest if this situation develops.
Ervin scored in bunches, using his explosiveness
and quick first step to knife through traffic for
points. Junior Willie Irick added 20 points,
attacking the glass and establishing his presence in
Riverside was able to mount a 36-31 halftime lead
keyed by Benjamin Banneker Academy's Gary Forbes, who
chipped in nine points by the intermission.
Riverside's swarming defensive effort made life
miserable for the Roadrunners in the almost
claustrophic confines of Our Lady of Mercy gym, as
spectators spilled onto the court and whooped from
stands encroaching the court from above.
Riverside led 22-9 early, as Ervin wreaked havoc in
transition and Forbes, who scored 31 points in a
semifinal win over the Hoop St. Gang, got hot, but
Sandy Pyonin's club was able to climb back into it,
keyed by Anthony Drejaj's quick hands on the defensive
end and a couple of buckets by the elusive Randy Foye. Foye has signed with Villanova and should be an immediate impact player for Jay Wright's program.
Riverside was able to stretch their lead to double
figures midway through the third quarter, as Ervin
darted through traffic for twisting interior buckets,
and Forbes converted on a beautiful reverse lay-in off
a feed from Ervin off the break.
Riverside's lead would balloon to 17 with 5:42 to
play in the fourth quarter, as Ervin snatched an
errand pass and took it in for the dunk and Quincy
Douby canned a three. Foye would try valiantly to keep
his Jersey squad in the game the rest of the way,
slipping into the interior for a few buckets, but
ultimately, Riverside's depth and athleticism were too
much to overcome. Quincy Douby capped off the win by
hammering down a one-handed dunk off the break, as
Riverside rolled by a comfortable margin. Douby has signed with Hofstra but there is talk out there he may decide to go to a prep school and open up his recruiting process.
Randy Foye was masterful in defeat, collecting 23
points, while St. Patrick's swingman Mawel Soler added
12 points. Newark Eastside marksman Pierre Mitchell
contribued 10 points, including two threes, and
defensive stalwart Anthony Drejaj from Seton Hall Prep
added 9 points.
Forbes added 11 points for the Hawks, while Douby,
as an encore to his 28 point performance in the
semifinals, chipped in 11 as well. Kelvin "Peedy"
Nelson, formerly of Christ the King High School and
now at Milford Academy, added 12 points, most in
transition, while 6'4'' jumping jack Shamar Green from
Xaverian High School added nine points.