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Monday / July 15.
  • Lance Stephenson is on a mission.

    The 6-foot-5 Stephenson dropped 46 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists as Lincoln downed Transit Tech 91-67 Thursday in the Brooklyn Borough semifinals.

    Maryland-bound forward James Padgett added 14 points and 8 rebounds and St. Francis commit Darwin “Buddha” Ellis tallied 10 points and 12 assists.

    Lincoln (15-8) will face Thomas Jefferson, a 70-62 winner over Boys Girls, in Sunday’s 7 p.m. championship game at Long Island University.

    Stephenson has now scored 96 points in his last two games, including a 50-point outburst Tuesday against FDR in front of Maryland coach Gary Williams. Ironically, Williams is facing increasing scrutiny for his recruiting failures.

    Stephenson will make an official visit to Kansas for the Jayhawks’ Feb. 21 game with Nebraska, according to two sources close to the situation.

    “Yes,” one source said.

    The 6-foot-5 Stephenson is the No. 1 player in the Class of 2009 according to Hoop Scoop and No. 9 according to Rivals.


    “We’re just thrilled to have won five in a row. We know we have a huge challenge on Saturday…I think Connecticut is the most complete team from what I see. At the same time, we’re excited to have the opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the country in our building. It’s a sellout, it’s on Valentine’s Day. It should be exciting.”

    “Seton Hall has been playing basketball for 105 years and they’ve never beaten a team that’s No. 1 in the country, not ever.”

    “[UConn] is always going to be great, I’m sure. But eventually we’re going to beat them.”

    –Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez on playing UConn Saturday

    “This team wasn’t really sure in the middle of the year. They were like, ‘We

    St. Benedict’s Prep will be without its best player going forward after head coach Dan Hurley kicked 6-foot-8 Texas-bound junior Tristan Thompson off the team permanently Tuesday.

    “He was kicked off the team for public insubordination,” Hurley said Wednesday by phone.

    Thompson, a native of Brampton, Ontario, is the No. 2-ranked power forward and No. 5 overall  player in the Class of 2010, according to Rivals.com. He is averaging 19.1 points and 9.6 rebounds.

    Asked if Thompson would leave the school, Hurley said: “That’ s not my concern. That’s the concern of his family and that’s the concern of the headmaster. I just know that I’m not going to be his coach and that’s about it.”

    **Note: The game will be rebroadcast Wednesday on sportswebnet.com beginning at noon.

    JERSEY CITY – Achraf Yocoubou scored a game-high 23 points and Long Island Lutheran went into New Jersey and handed St. Anthony its first home loss in six years.

    With a large contingent of Long Island fans in the CERC gym, LuHi downed the Friars 60-58 after junior forward Tobias Harris blocked a shot attempt by Derrick Williams in the final seconds.

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