Paul Robeson had five players in double-figures and
succeeded in containing a banged-up Quincy Douby last
night, as Larry Major's club rolled to a 76-64 victory
over Grady in the Brooklyn Borough championship at St.
The Hofstra-bound Douby, one of the premier marksmen
in the Northeast, was hobbled by sprained wrist on his
right shooting hand and a pulled muscle in his right
quadricep, but still managed to connect on three
three-pointers and accumulate 23 points for Jack
Ringel's crew. Robeson rotated defenders on Douby,
using a physical brand of defense and occasional
double-team to stymie the 6'3'' sniper.
"I tried to help my teammates, but because of the
injuries, I couldn't do very much," said Douby. "I
really couldn't play defense."
Robeson used a balanced attack to mount a 45-31 lead
at the half, bolstered by swingman Terrence Jackson's
straightaway three just before the horn. Gary Ervin,
who chipped in six points in the first two stanzas,
came down on his head on a drive with 1:47 left in the
second half and laid on the court for a couple of
minutes. Ervin would not return until a few minutes
into the second half with bandage over his cheek, but
the fall seemingly limited his effectiveness, as the
6'0'' bundle of energy never really got into the flow
of the game thereafter.
Robeson clung to a double-digit lead by making a
slew of trips to the foul line and attacking the glass
during the second half. Grady would draw to within ten
right before the end of the third quarter on a three
by Douby, but would come no closer. Despite a runner
and getting some open looks at the hoop late, Douby
couldn't rally his squad, as Ervin dribbled the clock
out to punctuate Robeson's 76-64 triumph.
For Robeson, active swingman Terrence Jackson led
with 15 points. Shakeim Mitchell chipped in 12,
including a handful of blocks and some key boardwork
late, while Ontea Gates added 11. Blue-collar battler
Aaron Harvey and swingman Keith Willis both tallied 10
points a piece. Robeson created match-up problems with
their size in the backcourt, depth, and versatility.
Douby led Grady with 23, with his backcourt mate
Kimani Blaize chipping in 14. Dwayne Marshall
contributed 12 points, including a couple of powerful
drives to the rack, while Malcolm Peterkin added 9 points.