New York High School: Jabarie Hinds

Mount Vernon downs CK for Federation title

March, 27, 2011
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ALBANY, N.Y. — Tournament MVP Jabarie Hinds scored 31 points, including a breakaway dunk in overtime that helped seal the win, to lift Mount Vernon to a thrilling 84-78 victory in the Class AA final Sunday at the New York State Boys Basketball Federation Tournament of Champions.

Isaiah Cousins added 12 points for the Knights (19-5), including a key 3-pointer off the glass with less than a minute to play in regulation that momentarily put Mount Vernon in the lead.

Khalid Samuels added 21 points for Mount Vernon, which went 22-of-26 from the free-throw line, including 10-of-12 in overtime to put the game away.

Omar Calhoun scored 33 points, one shy of the tourney record, for the Lions (22-7), who were able to force overtime when Calhoun hit a 3-pointer from the right side with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter, tying it at 66-all.

But Christ the King, which blew an early 10-point edge and a 33-28 halftime lead, never led in overtime. Chris Ortiz and Corey Edwards added 14 points apiece in the loss, as the Lions went just 24-of-37 from the free-throw line.

Mount Vernon had a chance to win in regulation, but Hinds' fall-away jumper was off the mark in the final seconds and a pair of attempts by the Knights in the paint wouldn't fall.

Six-time finalist Mount Vernon, representing the PHSAA out of Westchester County, got to the title with a 70-63 win over Boys and Girls in Saturday's semifinal round.

Six-time finalist Christ the King, from Queens, represented the CHSAA.
Several New York City high school basketball players have been nominated for the title of Miss NY Basketball and Mr. NY Basketball.

Christ the Kings girls teammates Nia Oden and Bria Smith and William E. Grady’s Brianna Newman were all nominated. Alexis Smith from St. John the Baptist on Long Island also received a nomination.

On the boys side, Rice forward Jermaine Sanders and Lincoln guard Shaquille Stokes both made the cut. They will be competing against Mount Vernon guard Jabarie Hinds and Long Island Lutheran forward Achraf Yacoubou.

Oden, a forward, is averaging 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Royals, ranked No. 1 in New York City by ESPNNewYork.com. Smith, the MVP of the 2010 New York State Federation Class AA tournament, is averaging 21.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists. Grady leads the Public Schools Athletic League in points and assists.

For the boys, Sanders leads Rice with 18 points a game and is headed to Cincinnati in the fall. Stokes, who has helped lead Lincoln to a No. 1 ranking in New York City in ESPNNewYork.com’s poll, is averaging 18.4 points and four rebounds.

Players were first nominated for the award by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York and the New York State Sports Writers Association. The BCANY then votes on the award, along with a selection committee. The winners of both awards will be announced around the time of the State Federation tournament.

Mount Vernon loses tough battle with California's Taft

January, 15, 2011
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- As Mount Vernon’s players sidled up next to Taft’s just before tipping off Saturday’s HoopHall Classic contest at Springfield College, the Knights’ tall task against this California squad became painfully clear.

Staring back at the Knights were the likes of 6-10 center Kevin Johnson and 6-foot 5-inch forward C.J. Blackwell, players certain to use their size to neutralize the Knights’ speed.

Ultimately, though, it was Taft’s quickness at the game’s outset that made the difference.

Johnson scored seven of his 26 points and pulled down seven of his 13 rebounds to fuel a 14-4 game-opening run, paving the way for a 72-56 Toreadors’ victory.

“I was hoping we could make a few more plays, but we came out with some haze at the start of the game,” said Knights coach Bob Cimmino, whose team was outrebounded, 49-35. “We knew they had size and would need to drop in help defense, but we just didn’t do what we needed to do early.”

Also hampering Mount Vernon (8-2) was the sprained left ankle suffered by leading scorer Jabarie Hinds. The West Virginia commit almost didn’t play after sustaining the injury in a Friday practice, but he did his best to keep the Knights competitive by scoring their first eight points.

After watching the first-half deficit balloon to 15, Hinds got some help from Mount Vernon’s 2-2-1 full-court press. Using their speed, the Knights forced several turnovers on Taft’s lob passes amidst the pressure, and after a Joshua Doughty 3-pointer, the Toreadors led by only eight at halftime.

But the problem that initially hampered the Knights resurfaced at the start of the second half.

Second-chance points and the size to pull in passes over Mount Vernon’s press allowed Taft to outscore the Knights 14-6 in a five-minute span, pushing the lead to 47-31.

Mount Vernon again responded with 3s on consecutive possessions that sliced the deficit to 10. But these offensive spurts didn’t come often enough, as the Knights struggled from the field and shot just 29 percent.

“We had a little run at some points, but we didn’t get enough stops to get closer,” Hinds said. “Turnovers hurt us and they were able to capitalize on them.”

The loss was the third straight for the Knights at the HoopHall Classic, but their gritty effort behind their injured star gave Cimmino a few positives to take from Saturday’s game.

“It gives you an identity as a team and the kids love to travel,” Cimmino said. “Of course, we’d like to get a win, but it’s a great experience and opportunity.”

MACK MODE

After his 28-point outburst on Saturday, a lot more people are going to know the name “Myles Mack.” The 5-foot-10 guard is part of a big 2011 Rutgers recruiting class that includes Kadeem Jack and Jerome Seagars.

Here’s what ESPNU basketball recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi had to say about Mack:

“The bigger the stage the better this young man has played. He was on fire from the outside, he played terrific defense. This is what he expect from Myles Mack, but more importantly, long term, it’s going to help Rutgers out in the long term.

“I think he has a chance to rebuild Rutgers basketball. He’s like the pied piper. Everybody likes Myles Mack; they like to be around him and hang out with him after games. So I think he’s going to attract other talent to Rutgers.”

LIVING LEGENDS

While St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley was shouting orders to his team from the sideline during Saturday’s game against DeMatha, legendary Stags coach Morgan Wooten was in the stands watching. This past fall, Hurley was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, further connecting the two after Wooten became the first high school coach to ever enter the HOF in 2000.

And even after Wooten watched Hurley’s Friars whip up on his former team, both men had nothing but good things to say about the other.

“I’m in it long enough to have played in 1963 as a sophomore in high school, being in a tournament against a DeMatha team coached by Morgan Wooten,” Hurley said. “He’s the standard for high school coaching.”

“When I made the Hall of Fame, my hope was it would shed a lot of light on the high school game and the contributions that high school coaches are making,” Wooten said. “Bob’s such a classy guy, and now that he’s in there, I hope more coaches can keep the ball rolling.”

THIS AND THAT

You wouldn’t know it from the final score, but Hurley admitted to a few butterflies before Saturday’s game. And who could blame him? The Friars were facing one of the country’s top teams in DeMatha on national television. “We played well, but I said the prayer twice before the game,” Hurley said to his assistants as they walked back to the locker room afterward.

Hinds showed no signs of limping on his right ankle during and after the Knights’ contest. The senior said he doesn’t expect to miss any games.

In Saturday’s other action, Oak Hill Academy, the top-ranked team in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings, fell to Milton, 75-69. That means a New Jersey team will be the atop the next standings, as St. Patrick’s currently sits at No. 2 and St. Anthony is ranked No. 3.

Both have momentum coming off the Friars’ blowout of DeMatha and the Celtics’ big win against Winter Park on Friday. However, St. Anthony could gain the upper hand should the Celtics lose to Bishop Gorman during Monday’s HoopHall contest.

Brandon Parker covers high school sports for ESPN RISE. You can follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker.
Six of the top high school basketball teams from the New York City area and New Jersey will compete in the Spalding HoopHall Classic at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass , over the holiday weekend. The four-day event from Friday to Monday features nine boys teams in ESPN Rise’s Fab 50 rankings and the No. 3 girls team.

No. 3 St. Anthony (Jersey City, NJ) battles against No. 14 Dematha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) in one of the premier matchups of the weekend at 4 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. St. Anthony is 8-0 on the season and is led by Rutgers-bound point guard Myles Mack, ranked No. 85 by ESPN U.

Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, NY) also faces off against Taft High School (CA) at 2 p.m. Saturday. Mount Vernon is 8-1 on the season and has won four straight. The Ravens feature point guard Jabarie Hinds, ranked No. 74 by ESPN U and headed to West Virginia.

On Monday, No. 2 St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J) will meet No. 47 Bishop Gorman (NV) at 1 p.m. in a game televised on ESPNU. St. Patrick is 8-0 heading into its showdown Friday night against Winter Park (FL) on ESPN 2. The Celtics are led by Kentucky-bound small forward Michael Gilchrist.

Rounding out the slate on Monday, Christ the King (Queens, NY), ranked No. 2 in New York City by ESPNNewYork.com, will face off against Westchester Country Day School (North Carolina) at 11 a.m. while Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, NY) will also tangle with Academy of the New Church (PA) at 5 p.m.

Both teams feature Division I talent in the form of Boys & Girls shooting guard Mike Taylor (Rutgers) and Christ the King point guard Corey Edwards (George Mason). Christ the King comes into Monday at 6-3, while Boys & Girls is 14-3.

“It’s going to be special for our guys. We’ve heard a lot about it over the years and never had the opportunity to play in it, but to be playing on Martin Luther King Day makes it extra special,” Boys & Girls coach Ruth Lovelace said. “We heard about the itinerary and activities and that’s what it’s about. That’s some of the great thing and good opportunities to go along with playing the game. Were going to take it all in and have fun at the same time.”

Friday night also features three girls contests, the last of which pits Murry Bergtraum (New York, NY) against No. 2 Mater Dei High School (CA). Murry Bergtraum is 10-2 and ranked No. 4 by ESPNNewYork.com.

Other teams from the New York/New Jersey area include Albany Academy (NY), Jamesville-Dewitt (NY) and Life Center Academy (NJ).

There are 25 total games in the four days.

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