Sunday, February 10, 2008

Live Blog- Trenton Catholic vs. Bishop Loghlin

We have another NY/NJ battle on our hands. Trenton Catholic (NJ) is playing against Bishop Loughlin (NY), right after another Trenton team (Trenton Catholic) got knocked off by another squad from New York (Christ the King). Earleir today, Linden (NJ) beat St. Raymond's (NY), so the states are tied up on this Saturday at Sovereign Bank Arena. This matchup between the Iron Mikes of Trenton Catholic and the Lions of Bishop Loughlin will break the tie. TCA's roster includes three great sophomores, forward Markese Tucker, as well as guards Frantz Massenat and Dondre Whitmore. Bishop Loughlin boasts two other top-notch sophomores, guard Doron Lamb and forward Jayvaughn Pinkston, along with senior forward Kevin Phillip, who will be at Drexel next year. I'll let you how the game is playing out.

5:18pm- Bishop Loughlin has jumped out to a 17-7 lead, and the first quarter has just come to a close.

5:23pm- With 6:15 left in the second quarter, the Lions lead 19-9, after a bucket from Dondre Whitmore.

5:36pm- Freshman guard Khalid Lewis El had a nice drive to the hoop, but his shot was a bit strong off the glass. Junior big man Lafayette Smith was there to put the ball in the hoop, cutting the lead down to nine, 21-12.

5:28pm- Smith took a long pass from Massenat, went up for the jam and got fouled. He was 0/2 at the line, but Lewis grabbed the ball after the miss, but was unable to score. Loughlin got the ball back, and quickly turned it over.

5:30pm- Whitmore threw an errant pass that got stolen. Doron Lamb was able to score at the other end for the Lions. He is playing very well.

5:31pm- Smith is at the line again for the Iron Mikes, and he again went 0/2.

5:32pm- Another bucket from Lamb has stretched the Lions' lead out to 17, 29-12.

5:33pm- Markese Tucker just made three big plays. He had a bicket, then got a defensive board at the other end. Then, back on offense, he grabbed an offensive board and put it back in the basket. Tucker has also knocked down a mid-range jumoer from the baseline tonight. He is helping to keep his team in the game.

5:35pm- Bishop Loughlin will be taking a 29-16 lead into halftime.

5:45pm- Senior guard James Johnson was short on a jumper, grabbed his on board, and put the ball in the hoop, opening the scoring in the second half, and stretching the Lions' lead out even further.

5:46pm- Smith had a bucket at the other end to answer Johnson. TCA trails 31-18 with 6:47 left in the third quarter.

5:47pm- James Johnson drained an 18-foot jump-shot from the baseline. Pinkston followed that with another jumper for the Lions, who now lead 35-18 with just over 5:30 to go in the third.

5:49pm- Doron Lamb just went 1/2 at the line. He is absolutely fantastic. He has got to be one of the best sophomores in the nation.

5:51pm- Markese Tucker has a complete game. The sophomore can bang down low in the post, and is also able to shoot mid-range jumpers. He is a very versatile player, and at 6'4", is a vital member of the Iron Mikes.

5:52pm- Khalid Lewis El hada great move just now. He did a crossover, then spun towards the hoop and went up for the shoot. He had to adjust his shot in the air, and the ball rolled around the rim and out. It was a fantastic play, though. The next time TCA got the ball, junior guard Reggie Coleman drained a trey.

5:54pm- There is 2:58 to go in the third quarter, and the Lions are on top 40-23.

5:55pm- Tucker had a bucket, then ran back down the floor to try to stop the fast break, but Lamb's layup went just over his outstretched arm. Lamb then scored twice more after two quick Trenton Catholic turnovers. The Lions' full-court press is working very well.

5:56pm- Trenton Catholic has called timeout. They are down 46-25 with 2:15 remaining in the third quarter. Tucker scored a basket coming out of the timeout. Whitmore then had a bucket next time TCA got the ball.

5:58pm- Kevin Philip is at the stripe for Bishop Loughlin. The senior knocked down both shot, and the Lions' lead is 21, 50-29.

5:59pm- Tucker picked up a loose ball, spun around, and passed to Whitmore. He then dribbled down and dished it to junior forward Daquan Basnight, who scored the bucket. It was a nice play by the Iron Mikes, and there was great ball movement.

6:00pm- Basnight is at the line for two shots. There is 18.4 remaining in the third quarter. Daquan hit both free throws.

6:01pm- Lamb took a pass down low, and was absolutely wide open for a layup as the horn sounded. Bishop Loughlin is leading 52-33 with eight minutes to go.

6:06pm- Jayvaughn Pinkston grabbed an offensive board and put it up and in. Khalid Lewis El responded with a three-ball. Senior guard Michael Lloyd then scored for the Lions.

6:08pm- Senior guard Devon Elliot had a nice bucket just now. He went up and had to change his shot in the air, did so, and put it in the hoop. Pinkston then scored, which was followed by a three-ball for TCA from Reggie Coleman.

6:10pm- Markese Tucker is grabbing boards left and right. He just came up with an offensive rebound and got fouled putting it back up. He hot both free throws. Next time down the court, Tucker had a deuce.

6:12pm- Bishop Loughlin has a commanding 72-42 lead with about 2:00 left in the game.

6:13pm- TCA guard Lorenzo Santos went 1/2 at the line. WOW! At the other end, Markese Tucker had two blocks, and he swatted the ball out-of-bounds on the second.

6:14pm- Lewis El is playing very good pressure defense. Right now, the Lions are up 72-46 after a three-ball from Lewis-El. There is about 30 seconds left.

6:16pm- Coleman hit two shots at the line for TCA.

6:17pm- Bishop Loughlin dribbled the ball around to run the clock out. The Lions come away with a 72-48 win.

6:18pm- Markese Tucker won MVP for the Iron Mikes, and Daron Lamb was the honoree for the Lions, with 28 points.

6:32pm- Doron Lamb, Jayvaughn Pinkston, and Kevin Phillip were all nice enough to talk with me after their big win. I'll get you all caught up on what we discussed when I have a chance.

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