Boston High School: Kevin Crescenzi
January, 14, 2012
By Corey J. Allen | ESPNBoston.com
DORCHESTER, Mass. -– Tilton’s Kevin Crescenzi his a three pointer with fifteen seconds remaining to take the lead for the first time since the five minute mark, ultimately pulling off a 90-86 win over Notre Dame Prep in the first game of the 2012 BABC Prep Classic, at the Kroc Center.
“I really don’t know what to say, not sure I was thinking much at all,” said Crescenzi.
“He’s a pretty good shooter,” said Tilton coach Marcus O’Neil. “I think it was a thing where he decided he was going to take the shot. He came off a screen and knocked down the shot.”
With 1:15 left in the game, Tilton’s Wayne Selden (28 points) hit two free throws, bringing the game to within one at 84-83. Notre Dame’s Steven Adams came down and scored with a minute left then Selden scored again with 39 seconds left, leaving the game at 86-85, Notre Dame.
Tilton forced a five-second violation on the ensuing inbounds play, giving the Rams the ball back with the chance to go ahead. Crescenzi (11 points) came from around a screen, took the pass from Domonique Bull at the top of the key and drained a trey with 15 seconds left in the game.
Wayne Selden stole the ball after the ensuing timeout, and Bull was fouled but missed both of his free throws. Prep’s Adonis Filer took the rebound coast-to-coast and made it all the way to the basket, but missed the layup. Tilton’s Georges Niang (27 points, eight rebounds, five assists) got the board, was fouled and hit both of his shots.
A last-second heave by the Crusaders was no good, so the boys from Tilton pulled off the victory.
Noel shines: Top-ranked center Nerlens Noel ended the day with 12 points, six steals, five blocks, four assists and four rebounds. He did not make it to the free throw line, but was able to stop opposing shots from being made or put into the basket and drew a lot of attention in the post, freeing up some space for his teammates.
“It’s like having a cheat code,” Selden said. “Every time you let your man go by, sometimes I did too on lazy defense, he’d just block the shot.”
“He’s a one-man wrecking crew out there,” added O’Neil. “He can make it very difficult to score around the basket for the other team… No doubt about it he’s a nuclear weapon out there.”
Adams makes good first impression: Making his American debut donning number 24, New Zealand native and Pitt signee Steven Adams had 23 points, 10 rebounds and two assists on the afternoon for the Crusaders. Not bad numbers, but Adams was not satisfied with his personal numbers.
“If I played well, we would’ve been the one with a win,” said Adams. “Our first game back, kind of rusty,” is what Adams attributed the last minute of the game to. He added that he and his teammates would be training harder from here on in and that as the season goes on things will get better for them.
Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) Director of Operations Jay Demings forwards along some information regarding this weekend's BABC Prep School Classic, this Saturday and Sunday at the Kroc Center in Dorchester.
BOSTON -- This weekend’s Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) Prep Classic at the Kroc Center in Boston will not only feature some great games, but will give fans an up-close look at the elite-level basketball talent that permeates the New England region.
In the event’s first matchup on Saturday, two talent-laden teams in Notre Dame Prep and the Tilton School (NH) feature two potential NBA lottery picks in Notre Dame’s Steven Adams and Tilton’s Nerlens Noel.
Adams is a seven-foot center from New Zealand who just arrived at Notre Dame Prep as a post-graduate and will make his debut on Saturday. He is signed to play at the University of Pittsburgh for the Fall of 2012. Only a junior, Noel is a 6’11’’ center from Everett, MA who is ranked second in the class of 2013 by ESPN. Both players have drawn serious attention from NBA scouts.
“I have yet to see Steven Adams play live but, based on all accounts and video I’ve seen, this is a can’t-miss matchup between him and Nerlens," said BABC’s Director of Operations, Jay Demings. “Many of us are familiar with Nerlens’ skill set, but fans will get to see how Adam’s size, strength and skills translate to the American game. Experts believe that both players are certain future NBA lottery picks.”
The two-day event will also feature many signed Division 1 collegiate players and those that are expected to make their college choices soon. The field of teams include the following committed players:
Myles Davis - ND Prep - Xavier
Adonis Filer - ND Prep - Clemson
Mandell Thomas - ND Prep - Fordham
Georges Niang - Tilton - Iowa State
Dominique Bull - Tilton - Missouri
Kevin Crescenzi - Tilton - Dartmouth
Evan Cummins - NMH - Harvard
Tommy Carpenter - NMH - Dartmouth
Ethan O’Day - NMH - Vermont
Nick Lund - Rivers School - Claremont McKenna
Akosa Maduegbunam - Winchendon - Penn State
Tevin Falzon - Winchendon - Sacred Heart
Jake Fay - Brimmer & May - Fordham
Others to watch:
Tilton - Goodluck Okonoboh, Wayne Selden, Jr., John Witkowski, Cameron Durley
Wilbraham & Monson - Kamali Bey, Jaylen Brantley, Marcel Pettway, Djery Baptiste
Worcester Academy - Matt Cimino, Rene Castro
Marianapolis Prep - Kristian Medina, Nigel Sydnor, Bobby Ahearn
Brimmer & May - John Powell, Adrian Oliveira
Rivers School - Shaquor Sandiford, Kyle Reardon, Andrew Kaufman, Carlin Haymon
Boston Trinity - Elijah Okagbare, Zach Petion
Winchendon - Tre Tipton, Tom Bajda, Malique McLaren, Malcolm Smith
Putnam Science - Oscar Assie, Tyree Robinson, Jonathan Joseph, Dayshon Smith
Notre Dame Prep - Sam Cassell, Jr., Nehemias Morillo
Northfield Mount Hermon - Ryan Oliver, Lucas Van Nes, DeKeeba Battee
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