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Grace Pizza 55
Queens Elite 47
In the 17 & Under Boys Division, Grace Pizza beat Queens Elite by a final score of 55 to 47. The high scorers for Grace Pizza were Shane Herrity with 20 points and Richard Wahmann with 13. The high scorers for Queens Elite were Daniel Scarpulla with 21 points and T. NuNu Taylor with 17. It was a close game until Grace Pizza pulled away after an offensive foul called on Queens Elite, which led to a scoring streak that gave them the lead. Justin Rodriguez, Herrity, and Wahmann also got to the free throw line in the last few minutes of the game, slowly building on the lead. Justin Rodriguez and Ricky Wahmann also contributed with great rebounding. Ray Schneller, Scotty Hannon, and Robbie Shoemig all contributed on both sides of the court.
St. Kevin's 14
St. Mary's 10
In the 10 & Under Girls Division, St. Kevin's beat St. Mary's by a final score of 14 to 10. The high scorers for St. Kevin's were Christina Sanchez with 10 points and Fiona McArdle with 2. The high scorers for St. Mary's were Jhakia Gist with 6 points and Melanie Millan with 4. St. Kevin's took control of the game in the first half, when Sanchez scored 9 of her points. With the help of Jhakia Gist and Melanie Millan, St. Mary's scored 5 points in the third quarter and only allowed St. Kevin's to score 4 points, making the score 13-6. But with consistent effort on defense by Caleigh Edwards, McArdle, Gianna Lee, and Sanchez, St. Kevin's was able to keep St. Mary's from taking the lead. Thank to their superb effort, Sanchez and Millan both received the Hustle Award, earning a scholarship to McClancy basketball camp.
Team Noah 42
Our Lady of Grace 28
In the 12 & Under Boys Division, Team Noah beat Our Lady of Grace by a final score of 42 to 28. The high scorers for Team Noah were Michael Richardson with 24 points and Andrew Demoss with 11. The high scorers for Our Lady of Grace were David Kohavi with 8 points and Sami Jindyeh with 7. In the first quarter, Team Noah dominated with the help of big man Richardson, who scored all but 3 points for his team in the first quarter, giving Team Noah a 13-5 lead. Also, with extra scoring help from Demoss and solid defensive play by Idrissa Bivens, Germaine Hill, and Max Ryan, Team Noah managed to build a lead of 28-13 by halftime. However, Our Lady of Grace came out determined in the third quarter, allowing Team Noah to only 4 points, but failed to score any points of their own, making the score 32-13. Our Lady of Grace was dedicated to scoring, and with the help of players such as Joseph Nagi, Shane Lichtmann, and Hakim Melvin, managed to score 15 points, but it wouldn't be enough. Demoss and Melvin earned themselves the Hustle Award, earning a scholarship to McClancy basketball camp.
Queens Stars 58
In the 14 & Under Boys Division, Queens Stars beat the Jammers by a final score of 58-42. The high scorers for Queens Stars were Michael Esposito with 18 points and Joe DiBenedetto with 12. The high scorers for the Jammers were Eric Rios with 11 points and Isaiah Deras with 10. During the first quarter, the game was pretty evenly matched. Rios and Deras went into scoring mode, but Jonathan Ruiz and DiBenedetto decided to answer back, dominating the Jammers on offense with fast breaks and getting the ball on the inside. Add the effort of Cory Madden and Esposito, and Queens Stars managed to take a 12-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. But in the second quarter, the Jammers took complete control of the game through the combined effort of Luca Cognota, Rios, Gio Navas, Xavier Glober, and Deras. They managed to score 16 points and allow Queens Stars to only score 6, giving them a 28-14 lead at halftime. With the help of Liam Dalton and Mitchell Mercado, Queens Stars went on a 15-8 run in the third quarter. With the score 36-29 at the start of the fourth quarter, Queens Stars went into attack mode. Esposito and DiBenedetto came up with big rebounds, and Esposito scored 10 of his points in the quarter. With the help of Daniel Samuel, Queens Stars scored 29 points in the fourth quarter , while allowing the Jammers only 6 points.
21 & Under Action
Team Takeover 43
In the 21 & Under Boys Division, Team Takeover beat the Bravehearts by a final score of 43-37 on July 5. In the first quarter, Team Takeover scored 12 points, but the Bravehearts didn't give up, and scored 8 points of their own. In the second quarter, the Bravehearts scored 13 points in the second quarter, and only allowing Team Takeover to score 2, which led to a 21-14 lead. Team Takeover answered back in the third quarter, scoring 20 points while allowing only 10. Team Takeover score 9 more points in the fourth quarter, leading to a 43-37 victory.