CENTEREACH, NEW YORK -- Jamar Wilson hit some key free throws late in the fourth quarter and he received plenty of help from Walter Murray, Juan Palacios and Oumar Sylla during Our Savior New American's 80-71 victory over Milford Academy.
Our Savior led 17-16 after the first quarter, 42-37 at the half, and 58-53 heading into the final quarter. In each quarter, a different Our Savior player helped keep its team ahead.
In the first quarter, Sylla dropped in 10 points. But the play was sloppy and rarely was there a stretch of whistle free minutes. The second quarter was much like the second but Palacios and Murray contributed several baskets. Murray had 12 points in the quarter, including two three-pointers.
Our Savior stayed in its zone defense again in the third quarter. This stopped, for th most part, any effective drives by its guards, Daryll Hill and John Winchester. Their ability to push the ball up the court in transition was stopped by a hustling Our Savior defense and a zone defense with 6-6 Sylla at the top of this zone.
"We just couldn't get anything done," Winchester told us after the game. "I tried as hard as I can. I worked as hard as I can. But it's hard to get any flow when you play against a zone defense the whole game."
Winchester finished with 14 points while Hill led his teammates with 16 points.
Wilson had 21 points for the winners while Palacios had 18 points, Murray had 16 points, and Sylla had 19 points.