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.
Hoophall Classic highlights: St. Patrick’s Kyrie Irving (Duke) and Michael Gilchrist (Undecided)
In an epic battle of two of the best teams in the nation, Findlay (Nev.) Prep beat Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick 71-70 Monday at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
Duke-bound guard Kyrie Irving had 30 points for St. Pat’s.
Undecided senior guard Cory Joseph scored 23 points on 8-for-16 shooting and 9 rebounds for Findlay.
Irving cut the lead to 71-70 on a free throw.
Findlay coach Michael Peck iced him with a timeout and Irving then missed the second foul shot.
Michael Gilchrist tried to score off the missed free throw but was blocked trying to score the game winner.
St. Pat’s coach Kevin Boyle ran onto the floor, sans tie and jacket, and pleaded with the refs for a foul call, but they said the block was clean.
“I think they did a fabulous job. I haven’t been more proud of our team since last April, when they won the whole thing,” Peck told ESPNU.
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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.