Congratulations to our Champions.
Future League Results:
Team Barnes - 33 vs Middletown's Finest - 61
Future League Champs - Middletown's Finest NFA Coach Brown & Malachi Grant - MOP
Team Barnes looked like a different team from the one that had gotten blown out by Middletown's Finest earlier in the season. Zaccharia Barnes (14 points, 2 3-pointers) provided the offense and as a group, Team Barnes' defense was very strong. On the other side, Middletown's Finest seemed content to let Team Barnes hang around, while they attempted to get their footing. Keon Gill's offense (17 points, 1 3-pointer) allowed Middletown to maintain a small lead as the went into halftime. With 12:30 left in the game, Team Barnes had closed the lead to 25-31, but this seemed to be the same point where Middletown's Finest woke up. In a 5-minute span, that 6-point lead grew to 22 points and in another 5-minutes it was up to 30, allowing Middletown to cruise their way to victory and join the BC Eagles and Kingston Komets as the leagues only 2-time champions. Malachi Grant was named Most Outstanding Player for his dominating performance on both ends of the floor.
High School League Results:
Newburgh Saints - 75 vs Newburgh Panthers - 72
High School League Champs - Newburgh Saints NFA Coach Brown & Tyler Wilson - MOP
The Newburgh Panthers went through the entire regular season and first round of the playoffs unbeaten. All they had to do was defeat the Newburgh Saints who were playing without leading scorer Donchevelle "Tuka" Nugent and who, by-the-way, they had beaten early in the season. The Saints jumped out to a quick lead and held it for most of the first half, until Coach Borden recieved a technical foul, giving the Panthers a 2-point lead at the half. The Panther's Anthony Salmon, who scored 17 first-half points, had to leave at haltime to play in the "Books and Ball Classic" All-Star Game in New York City. This might have looked bleak to most observers, but Panther's swingman Jemoi King (19 points, 1 3-pointer) took this as an opportunity to show his worth by relentlessly attacking the basket and leading the Panthers to a 12-point advantage mid-way through the second half. But that was as high as the lead would get. The Panthers tried to stall the basketball, but to no avail, as Saints chipped away at the lead. With the Saints' bigman Ja'Quan "Slinky" Jones in foul trouble, the Panthers Eric "Scooter" McCollum (18 points) dominated the paint, but no matter how many lay-ups Scooter made, the Saints would respond with a 3-pointer making the noose even tighter around the necks of the Panthers. With less than a minute left, the Panthers turned the ball over on back to back plays, but each time the Saints gave it right back. However, the third turnover by the Panthers found its way to Jones' hands, who push it up court and passed it to Josiah Borden (12 points, 2 3-pointers), who shot a long range 3-pointer that hit the rim, bounced in the air, then bounced around on the rim for a second before dropping in, to the roar of the capcity crowd. That shot gave the Saints their first lead in the second half. A final lay-up by Tyler Wilson (21 points, 2 3-pointers) would seal the win for the Saints. Tyler Wilson was named Most Outstanding Player.
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