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September 14, 2013
BROOKLYN, NY - Saturday marked the return of the FunSport High School Classic to Thomas Jefferson Campus after a seven year hiatus.
NYCHoops.net checked out few of the more exciting games and got a chance to see how some New York teams faired.
Life Center gets past Monsignor Scanlon, 51-44
It would be a match-up of the big men as 7'1" Maryland commit Trayvon Reed from Life Center (NJ) battled against 6'9" junior Jonathan Nwankwo of Scanlon. The individual battle would go to Nwankwo who finished with a double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds) versus Reed's 10 points and 8 rebounds however the bottom line is not the battle but the war.
Life Center would bolt ahead, 19-7 in the first quarter propelled by guard Tracey Carter. Scanlon would fight back with offense from George Pena and only trail by eight points at the half.
Unfortunately, Scanlon only managed to exchange baskets with their New Jersey opponent and would lose by six.
Carter led Life Center with a game high 21 points and 7 assists followed by Reed. Nwankwo was tied as high man for Scanlon with Pena who also had 18 points.
Poly Prep breaks Brooklyn Law, 66-60
Prep moved the ball around and led by 10 late in the first half as Wolfgang Novogratz and 6'4" big man Najee Taylor led the offense. Matt Scott pulled Brooklyn Law to within 1 point with 1 minute left in the half as he attacked Preps defense.
Down 28-27 with 34.9, Scott drew a foul and went 1-2 to tie the game at 28. A pass to Tony Lopez at the buzzer put Brooklyn Law ahead, 30-28 at the half.
Scott's 22 first half points were critical in Brooklyn Law's comeback but they would need solid defense to hold Prep off. With 5:39 left in the third quarter, Taylor drew a foul and would put Poly Prep ahead but Brooklyn Law countered.
Towards the end of the third quarter, Brooklyn Law extended their lead to 6,points but with 39 seconds Kyle Goldfarb cut Law's lead to a point.
Down 47-46 to begin the 4th quarter, a Novogratz floater put Prep up one early. With 3 minutes left to play, Preps lead was 56-49.
Brooklyn Law cut Preps lead to a point but a defensive lapse left Goldfarb wide open for a layup. Brooklyn Law countered with a trey to tie the game but Taylor hit an and1 giving Prep a 61-58 advantage with 29.6 seconds left in the game. Brooklyn Law fouled again and Novogratz iced the game from the foul line.
Novogratz paced Poly Prep with 17 points and 8 assists with Taylor adding 15 points 10 rebounds. Scott led Brooklyn Law with a game high 32 points and 5 assists.