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.
Kentucky-Bound Briscoe Drops 34 in State Sectional Final
In a battle of New Jersey’s two McDonald’s All-Americans, Kentucky-bound point guard Isaiah Briscoe came out on top against Syracuse signee Malachi Richardson.
Briscoe scored 21 of his 34 points in the second half and added 7 assists to help Roselle (N.J.) Catholic overcome a 19-point deficit on Wednesday to beat Trenton Catholic, 72-67, in the New Jersey South Non-Public B final.
“That’s what I do, and I do what I do,” Briscoe told Mike Kinney of MSGVarsity.com. “I go to get the win.”
Richardson scored 23 points in the loss.
The Lions will face North champion St. Anthony at 7 p.m. on Saturday in the Non-Public B state final in Toms River, N.J. The winner of that game will advance to the New Jersey Tournament of Champions, which features the state’s six group champions — four public and two non-public — in a winner-take-all event.
“Isaiah really controlled the game in the second half,” RC coach Dave Boff told SNY.tv. “He played with more patience and also spread the ball around.”
South Carolina-bound forward Chris Silva added 13 points and 11 rebounds for RC.
“I’m really proud of the way the kids stayed together when things weren’t going well,” Boff said. “Our guys really came together defensively the last three quarters.”
Briscoe was selected for the McDonald’s Game, the Nike Hoop Summit and the Jordan Brand Classic.
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.
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