Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Two of the biggest names in New York hoops circles faced off on Saturday at iS8 when Lance Stephenson’s Juice All-Stars met Tobias Harris and the Unique All-Stars.
Despite showing up with five minutes remaining in the first quarter, Stephenson hit the game-winning basket and finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds in a 66-64 Juice victory. Harris, coming off an unofficial visit to Rutgers for Thursday’s football with North Carolina, struggled to score but ended with 18 points and 13 boards.
The Unique All-Stars easily could have won the game. They led 14 -13 at the end of the first quarter, 30-28 at the break and 54-44 at the end of three. It was a tie score with 10 seconds remaining when Juice called a timeout.
Everyone in the gym knew who was going to take the shot, and out of the timeout, the 6-foot-5 Stephenson drove to the hoop and scored.
He finished with 28 points on 11-for-17 shooting. He was 0-for-1 from 3 and 6-for-11 from the line. Born Ready, who appears to be waiting until the spring before picking a college, added 10 rebounds, 1 block, 2 assist, 2 steals and 2 turnovers.
Harris struggled after scoring two early field goals. Once Lance showed up, he guarded the bigger Harris. He tallied 18 points, 1 assist, 4 blocks and 7 turnovers.
(Tom Konchalski provided valuable stats for this account)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.