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.
Lance Stephenson had a triple-double and Maryland-bound forward James Padgett posted a double-double to lead three-time defending PSAL champion and top seed Lincoln High School to a 101-72 victory over No. 16 Thurgood Marshall Academy.
The 6-foot-5 Stephenson, ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2009 by Hoop Scoop and No. 9 by Rivals, posted 39 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists and the 6-8 Padgett tallied 21 points and 13 boards.
Lincoln will meet No. 9 Transit Tech in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 5 p.m at St. John’s. Tech downed No. 8 Wadleigh 70-69.
Stephenson is considering Kansas, Maryland and St. John’s and has taken official visits to KU and Maryland. St. John’s is trying to set up an official with him.
Elsewhere, David Coley and Keith Spellman returned from injuries to lead No. 3 Jefferson to an 86-52 rout of Campus Magnet.
Also, No. 10 McKee/Staten Island Tech upset Ron Naclerio’s No. 7 Cardozo team, 76-73, in double OT in other quarterfinal action.
**Read the full story about the sneaker war over Stephenson here.
**Watch the video interview with Lance here.
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, 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.