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.
St. Benedict's Dominates Lincoln; St. Anthony Perseveres; Tobias Harris Returns
Dan Hurley’s St. Benedict’s Prep team handed Lance Stephenson and Lincoln their fourth loss in five games by crushing the Railsplitters 89-53 in the Newark National Invitational at The Prudential Center.
St. Ben’s remained undefeated at 21-0 heading into the Feb. 7 tilt with similarly undefeated Santa Ana. (Calif.) Mater Dei.
Lincoln (12-8) was coming off Friday’s OT loss to Fuquan Edwin and Paterson Catholic at the RAC.
Texas-bound sophomore Myck Kabongo tallied a game-high 23 points for St. Ben’s and was named the MVP despite a hip pointer and Texas commit Tristan Thompson added 19 points and nine rebounds. He scored on a slew of crowd-pleasing dunks. Stephenson scored 19 points on 9-of-21 shooting for Lincoln.
The Gray Bees held Lincoln scoreless during a five-minute span in a 27-5 fourth quarter run. Tavon Sledge added 11 points and Tamir Jackson and Aaron Brown 10 apiece for the Gray Bees.
“We have really good guards and we have forwards that are skilled and athletic and hungry,” Hurley told The Star-Ledger. “A lot of the guys who play for us this year were freshmen and sophomores last year that had minor roles, who were elevated to starters and they’re excited.”
Read Dylan Butler’s tale here.
Lincoln must fight back, though, when it faces Thomas Jefferson and Boys & Girls Feb. 3 and 5 in Brooklyn PSAL AA action. Boys & Girls downed Jefferson Saturday night 58-55 in the SNY Invitational consolation game thanks to a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by sophomore guard Michael Taylor.
The Railsplitters, 2-7 in showcase games, also meet St. Patrick’s (N.J.) in the Super Six at Fordham University, which will be televised live on ESPN2, and Westchester (Calif.) again at the Primetime Shootout in Trenton, N.J.
ST. ANTHONY PERSEVERESDevon Colliertallied 10 points and 12 boards to lift St. Anthony over Whitney Young of Chicago, 52-43. Villanova-bound wing Dominic Cheek and Quinnipiac commit Jamee Jackson scored 14 apiece for the Friars.
“Col (Collier) gave us the numbers today,” St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley, whose team was just 10 of 30 from the line, told The Ledger. “We were so bad at so many junctures that we had to eventually have a run.”
Collier had 19 and 9 last Monday when the Friars downed Xavier Henry and Putnam City (Ok.) 58-50 in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
TOBIAS HARRIS RETURNSAchraf Yocoubou hit a layup off an in-bounds pass with 0:02 left to give Long Island Lutheran (8-8) a 63-61 OT victory against All Hallows in overtime.
Tobias Harris had 22 points and 14 rebounds in his first game back from a 12-game layoff due to torn ankle ligaments. Kevin Johnson’s three-pointer with 0:02 left tied the score at 55 and forced overtime.
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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.