New York High School: Joel Angus

Boys' Angus headed to a prep school

April, 28, 2012
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Boys & Girls senior forward Joel Angus has decided to attend prep school next season for a postgraduate year. The senior decided two weeks ago and believes it will help him with recruiting and possibly allow him to play for an Ivy League school in 2013.

"It will help my physically and I can improve my SAT scores," Angus said. "If I can get my scores up it will be help me trying to get into the Ivy League."

Angus, who helped Boys & Girls win the State Federation Class AA tournament in his one and only year with the school, has an offer from Alcorn State and interest from New Hampshire. He averaged 8.6 points and 11.1 rebounds in league games last year.

The forward is attracted to Ivy League schools because he believes it's the best of both worlds, combining the academics and the sports. Yale has asked him for a transcript in the past and he has talked to Dartmouth.

He told ESPNewYork.com earlier this year that he was learning toward prep school but wanted to see if he could secure some scholarship options. While Angus is surprised he did not get more offers, he's not looking at it as a negative.

"Everything happens for a reason," Angus said. "Next year might be good for me."

The senior said it's looking like he will be attending Putnam Science Academy (Conn.) and will visit the school on Monday. He's talked to Fisburne Military Academy (Va.) and also has some interest in Maine Central Institute.

While he hopes that his scores will improve, Angus also wants to work on his lateral quickness and his explosiveness in his prep year.

"I'm feeling good about this," Angus said. "This isn't something where I’m feeling bad about doing another year of high school. I'm going to do something good."

Rapid Reaction: Boys 71, Jefferson 67

March, 17, 2012
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Boys & Girls defeated Jefferson, 71-67, for the Public Schools Athletic League Class AA title on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The Kangaroos won their third straight title and Jefferson failed in its quest to win its first title since 1954.

THE FOURTH QUARTER: Boys & Girls led 52-46 going into the fourth quarter and Jefferson cut it to 58-56 with 2:46 remaining on a layup by Thaddeus Hall. Joel Angus scored off an offensive rebound to boost the lead to 60-56 with 2:33 left and Hall hit two free throws to make it a two-point game. Leroy Fludd followed with a layup before Hall was hit with an offensive foul. Shakur Pinder's putback again made it a six-point lead.

Jefferson rallied in the final minute, cutting it to 68-65 with 29.2 seconds left on a 3-point shot by Jaquan Lynch. Tyliek Kimbrough hit two free throws with 20 seconds left but Jefferson quickly made it 70-67. Fludd hit the second of two free throws and Jefferson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer and Boys won.

STRONG START: Boys & Girls, in the game for the third straight year, showed why experience mattered as it came out of the gate strong. It led 22-20 after the first and 41-35 at the half, in large part due to an amazing effort from Rashad Andrews. The guard had 21 points in just 12 minutes of action, hitting all four of his 3-point shots.

SEASON SERIES: This win by Boys & Girls evened the teams at 2-2 on the year. The teams split in the regular season before Jefferson won the Brooklyn borough title.

STATS: Andrews led all players with 26 points, despite fouling out. He went 5-of-5 on 3-pointers and was 7-of-10 from the floor. Fludd had 17 to help him. For Jefferson, Hall scored 17 while Lynch contributed 18.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR BATTLE: Many believe this game could be the determining factor in who would be the PSAL player of the year and Fludd gets the edge in this game. He scored 17 and contributed 12 rebounds in a winning effort, while Hall had 17 points. Hall had scorched the Kangaroos in two straight games before Boys High clamped down this time.

UP NEXT: Boys & Girls advances to the New York State Federation Tournament.

Boys Class AA final: Jefferson vs. Boys

March, 16, 2012
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WHO: No. 1 Jefferson vs. No. 2 Boys & Girls

WHERE: Madison Square Garden

WHEN: Saturday, Noon

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: The Public Schools Athletic League Class AA title is on the line as Boys & Girls will meet Thomas Jefferson at Madison Square Garden. Boys & Girls will be attempting to have a a three-peat while Jefferson will be looking for its first title since 1954. This is the fourth meeting between the teams, with Jefferson up 2-1.

Jefferson entered the season as the supposed No. 4 team in Brooklyn but instead won the division title outright and then won the Brooklyn borough tournament. The Orange Wave are led by perhaps the best player in New York City this season, Thaddeus Hall, and see that their first title in more than 50 years is in reach.

Boys & Girls will be going for the historic three-peat of titles. Boys & Girls was supposed to challenge for a title and lived up that reputation. The High knows that Jefferson has been able to get the upper hand in two of the three meetings this season, but it has the experience of playing at MSG and could use that in the title game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Jefferson senior guard Thaddeus Hall
Jefferson junior guard Jaquan Lynch
Jefferson sophomore guard Patrick Brown
Boys & Girls Senior forward Leroy Fludd
Boys & Girls junior guard Wesley Myers
Boys & Girls senior forward Joel Angus


COACHES:

Jefferson: Lawrence "Bud" Pollard
Boys & Girls: Ruth Lovelace

HOW THEY GOT HERE:


No. 1 Jefferson (24-6)

Nov. 26: 72-67 win vs. Campus Magnet
Dec. 1: 77-57 win vs. Grady
Dec. 3: 92-81 loss vs. Christ the King
Dec. 6: 65-55 win at Robeson
Dec. 7: Win vs. team from Australia
Dec. 8: 76-73 win at South Shore
Dec. 13: 75-71 loss vs. Lincoln
Dec. 15: 71-63 win vs. Transit Tech
Dec. 16: 63-62 win vs. Boyd Anderson (Fla.)
Dec. 17: 53-44 win vs. Sagemont (Fla.)
Dec. 18: 75-60 loss vs. Coral Srpings Christian (Fla.)
Dec. 19: 54-46 loss vs. Aquinas (Fla.)
Dec. 23: 78-56 win vs. Westinghouse
Jan. 3: 86-84 loss at Boys & Girls
Jan. 5: 78-64 win at Grady
Jan. 10: 56-55 win vs. Robeson
Jan 12: 64-60 win vs. South Shore
Jan. 17: 82-77 win at Lincoln
Jan. 19: 73-51 win at Transit Tech
Jan. 31: 95-92 win vs. Boys & Girls
Feb. 2: 63-53 win at George Westinghouse
Feb. 7: 103-83 win vs. Lafayette
Feb. 9: 52-50 win vs. South Shore
Feb. 11: 68-62 win vs. Boys & Girls
Feb. 15: 71-60 loss vs. St. Anthony (N.J.)
Feb. 29: 86-76 win vs. Robeson
March 4: 80-61 win vs. Wadleigh
March 10: 72-68 win vs. Wings Academy

No. 2 Boys & Girls (23-6)

Nov. 26: 89-56 win vs. Pathways Prep
Dec. 1: 90-43 win vs. Westinghouse
Dec. 6: 74-56 win vs. Transit Tech
Dec. 8: 82-65 win at Robeson
Dec. 10: 64-59 win at Christ the King
Dec. 13: 73-61 win at Grady
Dec. 15: 61-58 loss at South Shore
Jan. 1: 63-38 win vs. Vaux (Pa.)
Jan. 3: 86-84 win vs. Jefferson
Jan. 5: 61-45 win at Westinghouse
Jan. 10: 73-50 win at Transit Tech
Jan. 12: 79-44 win vs. Robeson
Jan. 14: 74-64 loss at Lincoln
Jan. 15: 71-59 win vs. Curtis
Jan. 17: 88-33 win vs. Grady
Jan. 19: 71-52 loss vs. Curtis (La.)
Jan. 20: 59-50 win vs. Salmen (La.)
Jan. 21: 67-53 win vs. Wenonah (Ala.)
Jan. 27: 70-65 win vs. South Shore
Jan. 28: 63-61 win at Cardinal Hayes
Jan. 31: 95-92 loss at Thomas Jefferson
Feb. 2: 72-65 win vs. Lincoln
Feb. 7: 87-45 win vs. Bedford Academy
Feb. 9: 59-52 win at Lincoln
Feb. 11: 68-62 loss vs. Jefferson
Feb. 16: 78-77 loss at St. Raymond
Feb. 28: 74-53 win vs. Gompers
March 4: 63-51 win vs. south Shore
March 10: 72-63 win vs. Lincoln

Game of the Week: Boys vs. South Shore

March, 2, 2012
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WHO: No. 3 Boys & Girls vs. No. 10 South Shore

WHERE: St. John's

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m.

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: Two Brooklyn rivals that split the season series meet in the Public Schools Athletic League Class AA quarterfinals as second-seeded Boys & Girls will take on seventh-seeded South Shore with the winner advancing to the semifinals. It's a rematch of last year's game, which featured the same seeds, that Boys & Girls won 57-54 on its way to the title.

Boys & Girls is the two-time defending league champion and can't be too thrilled with this matchup as it will face the team that handed it its first loss of the year and a division rival. The Kangaroos are trying to go for three straight titles and have a strong nucleus that has been battle tested throughout the year. It will also be trying to knock out the Vikings for the second straight year.

South Shore was supposed to contend for the Brooklyn AA title but was a notch below Boys & Girls, Lincoln and Jefferson this season. It has its chance now in the playoffs to make up for the regular season and try to get revenge for last year's loss to the Kangaroos. On a good day, South Shore can play with anybody in New York City and can be a dangerous team to play.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Boys & Girls Senior forward Leroy Fludd
Boys & Girls junior guard Wesley Myers
Boys & Girls senior forward Joel Angus
South Shore junior guard Terrence Samuel
South Shore junior forward Shamiek Sheppard
South Shore senior forward Wayne Martin

COACHES:

Boys & Girls: Ruth Lovelace
South Shore: Mike Beckles


HOW THEY GOT HERE:


No. 2 Boys & Girls (21-6)

Nov. 26: 89-56 win vs. Pathways Prep
Dec. 1: 90-43 win vs. Westinghouse
Dec. 6: 74-56 win vs. Transit Tech
Dec. 8: 82-65 win at Robeson
Dec. 10: 64-59 win at Christ the King
Dec. 13: 73-61 win at Grady
Dec. 15: 61-58 loss at South Shore
Jan. 1: 63-38 win vs. Vaux (Pa.)
Jan. 3: 86-84 win vs. Jefferson
Jan. 5: 61-45 win at Westinghouse
Jan. 10: 73-50 win at Transit Tech
Jan. 12: 79-44 win vs. Robeson
Jan. 14: 74-64 loss at Lincoln
Jan. 15: 71-59 win vs. Curtis
Jan. 17: 88-33 win vs. Grady
Jan. 19: 71-52 loss vs. Curtis (La.)
Jan. 20: 59-50 win vs. Salmen (La.)
Jan. 21: 67-53 win vs. Wenonah (Ala.)
Jan. 27: 70-65 win vs. South Shore
Jan. 28: 63-61 win at Cardinal Hayes
Jan. 31: 95-92 loss at Thomas Jefferson
Feb. 2: 72-65 win vs. Lincoln
Feb. 7: 87-45 win vs. Bedford Academy
Feb. 9: 59-52 win at Lincoln
Feb. 11: 68-62 loss vs. Thomas Jefferson
Feb. 16: 78-77 loss at St. Raymond
Feb. 28: 74-53 win vs. Samuel Gompers

No. 10 South Shore (18-9)

Nov. 25: 74-72 win vs. Norcross (Ga.)
Nov. 26: 60-51 win vs. Westlake (Ga.)
Dec 1: 64-61 win at Transit Tech
Dec. 6: 63-44 win vs. Grady
Dec. 8: 76-73 loss vs. Jefferson
Dec. 10: 58-42 loss at Lincoln
Dec. 13: 61-54 win at Westinghouse
Dec. 15: 61-58 win vs. Boys & Girls
Dec. 17: 54-53 loss vs. St. Patrick (N.J.)
Dec. 19: 58-56 win vs. Northeast (Fla.)
Dec. 20: 55-44 loss vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.)
Dec. 22: 58-46 win vs. Robeson
Jan. 1: 58-52 win vs. Imhotep Charter (Penn.)
Jan. 5: 59-51 win vs. Transit Tech
Jan. 10: 56-48 win at Grady
Jan. 12: 64-60 loss at Jefferson
Jan. 14: 55-54 loss vs. Mt. Vernon
Jan. 17: 58-40 win vs. Westinghouse
Jan. 21: 72-58 win vs. Academy of the New Church (Penn.)
Jan. 22: Win vs. St. Mary's
Jan. 27: 70-65 loss at Boys & Girls
Jan. 29: 58-54 win vs. Neumann-Goretti (Penn.)
Jan. 31: Double forfeit loss vs. Lincoln
Feb. 2: 51-46 win at Robeson
Feb. 7: 58-45 win vs. Brooklyn Collegiate
Feb. 9: 52-50 loss at Jefferson
Feb. 29: 63-50 win vs. JFK

Rapid Reax: Jefferson 66, Boys & Girls 62

February, 11, 2012
2/11/12
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On Jan. 3, Jefferson lost to Boys & Girls with its best player sitting on the sidelines. After that game, Thaddeus Hall declared that once he came back Jefferson wouldn’t lose again.

So far, he has kept that promise.

Jefferson has now won 12 in a row, including a 66-62 victory over Boys & Girls to win the PSAL Brooklyn Borough Finals at York College in Queens on Saturday.

“He said, ‘I'm not losing. When I come back we're not losing, I'm the best player in the city,’" his head coach Bud Pollard recalled. “He saw what he had to work with and he knew once he came back there would be no stopping us. He said it, but he's not just talking the talk, he's walking the walk.”

Hall did indeed walk the walk as he scored 32 points, carrying his team while Jaquan Lynch struggled offensively. His leadership was never more evident than when seven points in a 21-4 Jefferson run that turned the tide of the game in the third quarter.

STALLED TRUCK: Leroy “Truck” Fludd had 14 big points in the first half as Boys & Girls (21-5) dominated the game early, leading 37-25 at the half. In the second half, things changed and he only picked up six points and he struggled on defense as he was guarding Hall.

“Truck can't guard me, I don't know why he keeps guarding me, he's too slow,” Hall boasted. “I see myself as the best player in the city and I'm going to prove it by winning the city and winning the states.”

SPARK OFF THE BENCH: Lynch averaged over 20 points per game during the regular season, but he was held to just five points. Jefferson (21-5) turned to Rachard Moody off the bench for some points and he proved to be big as he scored nine during Jefferson's 21-4 to grab a 50-47 lead.

LYNCH DOES HIS PART: Lynch might have been held to just five points, but he also chipped in with five assists and played strong defense.

“Lynch just had a tough morning starting with the train ride,” Pollard said. “He forgot his tights and his uniform. But we're a good team and everybody else stepped up. Without Lynch, we wouldn't be in the situation we've been in, he carried the team when Thaddeus was out. “

PHANTOM THREE: One of the more bizarre points in the game came late in the first quarter when Jefferson was awarded three points that nobody witnessed. Pollard said after the game that that’s just the way things happen sometimes, but Boys & Girls head coach Ruth Lovelace thought it ended up being a decisive play.

“That's the difference in the game,” Lovelace said. “We won that game easily. It's a shame. I'm very disappointed in the referees for missing that. There are three refs on the game, somebody at the table. All of that, that's major. Everybody had it as a phantom three, where did those three points come from? It's sad to happen on this stage.”

VINDICATION: Early in the season, Jefferson thought it wasn't getting any love from the fans or the media and even thought that some people thought it was a fluke that it won Brooklyn AA. However, after winning the Borough Title, many of Jefferson’s players and coaches feel they’ve been vindicated.

“We really needed to win this to validate ourselves as division champs because we tied Lincoln and only won it because of a forfeit,” Pollard said. "I think we silenced all critics today.”

STATS: Hall had 32, Moody had 13, and Lynch had five for Jefferson. Fludd lead Boys & Girls with 20, Joel Angus III had 13, and Dykweil Bryan had 12.

UP NEXT: Jefferson plays a tough non-league game vs. St. Anthony’s on Wednesday. Boys and Girls will await the PSAL Class AA playoffs.

Game of the Week: Jefferson vs. Boys

February, 10, 2012
2/10/12
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WHO: No. 1 Jefferson vs. No. 2 Boys & Girls

WHERE: York College

WHEN: Saturday, 1 p.m.

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: The top two teams in New York City will meet in the Brooklyn borough title game. Jefferson, ranked No. 1 in New York City and in the borough, is likely battling for the top spot for the Class AA playoffs when it takes on No. 2 and third-seeded Boys & Girls.

Jefferson overcame a big first-quarter deficit to defeat South Shore in the semis and advance to the finals. Jefferson outright won the Brooklyn AA title and split two games with Boys & Girls this season, including an overtime win in the two teams' last meeting.

Boys & Girls defeated Lincoln in the semis to advance to the finals. The Kangaroos were bounced from the borough tournament last season by Jefferson and will be trying to get some revenge against the Orange Wave. Boys & Girls is a battle-tested team that would love to claim supremacy in the league.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Boys & Girls Senior forward Leroy Fludd
Boys & Girls junior guard Wesley Myers
Boys & Girls senior forward Joel Angus
Jefferson senior guard Thaddeus Hall
Jefferson junior guard Jaquan Lynch
Jefferson sophomore guard Patrick Brown

COACHES:

Boys & Girls: Ruth Lovelace
Jefferson: Lawrence "Bud" Pollard

HOW THEY GOT HERE:


No. 2 Boys & Girls (20-4)

Nov. 26: 89-56 win vs. Pathways Prep
Dec. 1: 90-43 win vs. Westinghouse
Dec. 6: 74-56 win vs. Transit Tech
Dec. 8: 82-65 win at Robeson
Dec. 10: 64-59 win at Christ the King
Dec. 13: 73-61 win at Grady
Dec. 15: 61-58 loss at South Shore
Jan. 1: 63-38 win vs. Vaux (Pa.)
Jan. 3: 86-84 win vs. Jefferson
Jan. 5: 61-45 win at Westinghouse
Jan. 10: 73-50 win at Transit Tech
Jan. 12: 79-44 win vs. Robeson
Jan. 14: 74-64 loss at Lincoln
Jan. 15: 71-59 win vs. Curtis
Jan. 17: 88-33 win vs. Grady
Jan. 19: 71-52 loss vs. Curtis (La.)
Jan. 20: 59-50 win vs. Salmen (La.)
Jan. 21: 67-53 win vs. Wenonah (Ala.)
Jan. 27: 70-65 win vs. South Shore
Jan. 28: 63-61 win at Cardinal Hayes
Jan. 31: 95-92 loss at Thomas Jefferson
Feb. 2: 72-65 win vs. Lincoln
Feb. 7: 87-45 win vs. Bedford Academy
Feb. 9: 59-52 win at Lincoln

No. 1 Jefferson (20-5)
Nov. 26: 72-67 win vs. Campus Magnet
Dec. 1: 77-57 win vs. Grady
Dec. 3: 92-81 loss vs. Christ the King
Dec. 6: 65-55 win at Robeson
Dec. 7: Win vs. team from Australia
Dec. 8: 76-73 win at South Shore
Dec. 13: 75-71 loss vs. Lincoln
Dec. 15: 71-63 win vs. Transit Tech
Dec. 16: 63-62 win vs. Boyd Anderson (Fla.)
Dec. 17: 53-44 win vs. Sagemont (Fla.)
Dec. 18: 75-60 loss vs. Coral Srpings Christian (Fla.)
Dec. 19: 54-46 loss vs. Aquinas (Fla.)
Dec. 23: 78-56 win vs. Westinghouse
Jan. 3: 86-84 loss at Boys & Girls
Jan. 5: 78-64 win at Grady
Jan. 10: 56-55 win vs. Robeson
Jan 12: 64-60 win vs. South Shore
Jan. 17: 82-77 win at Lincoln
Jan. 19: 73-51 win at Transit Tech
Jan. 31: 95-92 win vs. Boys & Girls
Feb. 2: 63-53 win at George Westinghouse
Feb. 7: 103-83 win vs. Lafayette
Feb. 9: 52-50 win vs. South Shore

Boys Game of the Week: Lincoln at Boys

February, 1, 2012
2/01/12
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WHO: No. 1 Boys & Girls vs. No. 3 Lincoln

WHERE: Lincoln High School

WHEN: Thursday, 5 p.m.

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: Round two of the biggest showdown in Brooklyn takes place this Thursday night at Boys & Girls. The Kangaroos lost the first game to Lincoln, 74-64, and will be trying to rebound to keep their rivals from winning Brooklyn AA outright.

Lincoln snapped its two-game losing streak with a win against South Shore on Tuesday but now will hit the road and try to sweep its rivals. Lincoln wins the division outright at 13-1 if it can pull the upset against the No. 1 team in the city, at the moment.

Boys & Girls will look to rebound from a tough loss at Thomas Jefferson in overtime the other night. Boys & Girls likely will be the No. 3 seed in the playoffs no matter what but surely does not want to lose the season series and go 0-2 this week against its division. The Kangaroos can add to an already impressive resume if they can beat Lincoln.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Lincoln sophomore guard Isaiah Whitehead
Lincoln junior forward Tafari Whittingham
Lincoln forward Travis Charles
Boys & Girls Senior forward Leroy Fludd
Boys & Girls junior guard Wesley Myers
Boys & Girls senior forward Joel Angus

COACHES:

Lincoln: Dwayne “Tiny” Morton
Boys & Girls: Ruth Lovelace

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

No. 3 Lincoln (17-4, 12-1 Brooklyn AA)

Dec. 1: 84-45 Win vs. Robeson
Dec. 8: 69-61 win vs. Transit Tech
Dec. 10: 58-41 win vs. South Shore
Dec. 13: 75-71 win at Jefferson
Dec. 15: 78-75 win at Grady
Dec. 17: 71-66 win vs. Patterson (MD)
Dec. 22: 63-62 vs. George Westinghouse
Dec. 27: 83-36 win vs. Bishop Manogue (NV)
Dec. 28: 48-39 win vs. Skyline (Wash.)
De. 29: 81-70 win vs. Hardvard-Westlake (CA)
Dec. 30: 76-69 loss vs. Mater Dei (CA)
Jan. 5: 55-53 win at Robeson
Jan. 7: 90-63 loss vs. Lone Peak (Utah)
Jan. 10: 71-46 win at George Westinghouse
Jan. 12: 73-68 win at Transit Tech
Jan. 14: 74-64 win vs. Boys & Girls
Jan. 16: 77-42 win vs. Vaux (Penn.)
Jan. 17: 82-77 loss vs. Jefferson
Jan. 19: 65-45 win vs. Grady
Jan. 28: 58-50 loss vs. Hudson Catholic (N.J.)
Jan. 31: 49-43 win at South Shore

No. 1 Boys & Girls (17-4, 10-3)

Nov. 26: 89-56 win vs. Pathways Prep
Dec. 1: 90-43 win vs. Westinghouse
Dec. 6: 74-56 win vs. Transit Tech
Dec. 8: 82-65 win at Robeson
Dec. 10: 64-59 win at Christ the King
Dec. 13: 73-61 win at Grady
Dec. 15: 61-58 loss at South Shore
Jan. 1: 63-38 win vs. Vaux (Pa.)
Jan. 3: 86-84 win vs. Jefferson
Jan. 5: 61-45 win at Westinghouse
Jan. 10: 73-50 win at Transit Tech
Jan. 12: 79-44 win vs. Robeson
Jan. 14: 74-64 loss at Lincoln
Jan. 15: 71-59 win vs. Curtis
Jan. 17: 88-33 win vs. Grady
Jan. 19: 71-52 loss vs. Curtis (La.)
Jan. 20: 59-50 win vs. Salmen (La.)
Jan. 21: 67-53 win vs. Wenonah (Ala.)
Jan. 27: 70-65 win vs. South Shore
Jan. 28: 63-61 win at Cardinal Hayes
Jan. 31: 95-92 loss at Thomas Jefferson

Rapid Reaction: (3) Boys 63, (1)Hayes 61

January, 28, 2012
1/28/12
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A bit of advice for any Catholic league team ranked No. 1 next season: avoid scheduling Boys & Girls at home.

For the second time this season, the Kangaroos went on the road to a CHSAA and beat the No. 1 team in New York City as they defeated Cardinal Hayes, 63-61, in the Bronx on Saturday.

No. 3 Boys & Girls (17-3) led 57-41 with 3:04 left and held off a furious late rally by Hayes (16-2) to hand the Cardinals their first loss against a New York City team. They also beat Catholic league power Christ the King when the Royals were No. 1 earlier this season.

"This is big," Boys & Girls head coach Ruth Lovelace said. "This is the No. 1 team in New York City and the No. 1 team in the state, I believe. So to come in here and win in their place, it's not easy."

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: A sluggish first half saw Boys & Girls entering the half with a 22-21 lead. The Kangaroos boosted their lead to 40-36 after the third quarter and exploded in the fourth to seemingly put the game out reach.

The Kangaroos started the quarter on a 17-5 run to take a 57-41 lead with 3:04 remaining but Hayes started forcing turnovers and made a run. Hayes sliced the lead to 58-55 with 1:34 left behind seven straight points from Shavar Newkirk, who led all scorers with 24 points.

The Kangaroos used a quick 4-0 lead to go up 62-55 with 31.3 seconds left but Hayes again made a run, cutting it to 62-61 with 4.8 seconds left. Rashad Andrews made his first free throw and missed his second but on the rebound, Hayes' center Amadou Sidibe traveled while trying to pass and it sealed the win for Boys & Girls.

"We showed a lot of toughness by holding the lead but we have to do a better job sustaining our lead and taking care of the ball," forward Joel Angus said.

TURNING POINT: Trailing 62-59 with 10.3 seconds left, Hayes had the ball. Coach Joe Lods said he wanted his team to take a three-point shot to try and tie the game, but Tyler Wilson instead drove to the lane and was fouled. While Wilson made both free throws, his team didn't get that one shot to try and tie the game that they wanted.

STAR OF THE GAME: Angus, who transferred from Bishop Loughlin before the season, starred offensively and defensively for Boys & Girls. He and teammate Leroy Fludd each had a team-high 16 points, while Angus also added 11 rebounds and played great defense on Sidibe.

Sidibe is the top center in the city but only score on two baskets in the game, scoring six of his 10 points at the free-throw lane. Angus was able to keep Sidibe from establishing himself in the paint and kept the Fairfield-bound center in check.

"It was personal because we're friends and we play each other at IS8 so we were talking about this game for a long time," Angus said.

NO. 1 IN THE CITY: Boys & Girls has now beaten two teams ranked No.1 at the time in Christ the King and Cardinal Hayes. In the battle for supremacy in New York, Boys & Girls now has arguably the top two road wins on the year and has also given the PSAL the edge over the CHSAA for the moment.

"It's definitely a statement," Lovelace said. "I feel like the PSAL is the toughest division in the city. Our division is tough and the city is tough and it shows"

QUOTE OF THE GAME: When asked if he'd like to see another Catholic league team this season, Fludd said he would.

"States," Fludd said in reference to the state tournament.

UP NEXT: Boys & Girls will head to No. 4 Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday while Hayes hosts Xaverian.

Rapid Reaction: Boys 70, South Shore 65

January, 27, 2012
1/27/12
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Boys & Girls is currently ranked No. 3 but after a 70-65 victory in overtime over South Shore at home Friday, the Kangaroos have their sights set on being No. 1 overall.

"This was a big game because it's a league game and we're fighting for a playoff seed, but tomorrows game is going to be really important," Leroy "Truck" Fludd said of tomorrow's ESPNNewYork.com's Game of the Week against No. 1 Cardinal Hayes. "If we beat (Hayes) tomorrow I think we should be the No. 1 overall team in the city because we have already beaten Christ the King when they were No. 1."

Saturday's game against Hayes could be big momentum for Boys & Girls heading into next week's games against No. 2 Lincoln and No. 4 Jefferson.

"This is a big week for us, we have Lincoln and Jefferson next week, but winning tonight and if we can win tomorrow it'll make it that much easier because it'll take some of the pressure off," Boys High's head coach Ruth Lovelace said. "It only gets harder if we lose tomorrow."

KEEP ON TRUCKING: Fludd ran into foul trouble early and had no points in the first half as a result. He started picking it up in the second half though as he ended with 16 points including five in overtime.

"I was getting into foul trouble early," Fludd said. "It's frustrating, but I have to focus on not letting it effect my game. It's hard to do, but by the fourth quarter and especially in overtime I really couldn't worry about that."

Truck was most impressive at the start of overtime. The score was 55-55 after regulation and he got the scoring started with a layup, a steal, and then a three-point shot that gave Boys High a 62-55 lead with less than two minutes to play.

BIG NIGHT FOR SOLOMON: With Truck in early foul trouble, Courtney Solomon stepped up in a big way in the first quarter coming off the bench to hit four three-pointers and almost single handedly gave Boys High a 16-9 lead after one. His shots were often momentum breakers that kept South Shore from being able to really get rolling.

"I've watched Solomon all year and when he comes off the bench he comes with energy," Lovelace said emphatically. "A lot of people want to know about our main guys, but I think that it's guys like him that come off the bench that make us such a dangerous team. We have the best bench in the city."

16-0 RUN NOT ENOUGH: South Shore trailed for most of the game, but after heading into the fourth quarter down 46-37, the Vikings put together a 16-0 run that left them with a 51-46 lead with 4:10 left. Truck ended their run from the free-throw line, but the real difference might have been when South Shore took out Kwanique Martin, who had six points during the run and looked to be a real difference maker.

Once Martin left the game, Lovelace called a timeout to settle her team down and remind them that there was plenty of time left and if it focused on defense it would be able to pull it out.

"I basically told them that there is still a lot of time," Lovelace said. "I give them credit, in the last two minutes and in overtime they really stepped up and got some big stops defensively."

STATS: Solomon led the game with 22 points, Fludd had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Andrews had nine points, and Joel Angus III had nine points and 13 rebounds for Boys & Girls. Leading the way for South Shore was Wayne Martin, who had 18 points, while Samuel Sheppard had 11, and Doudmy Saint Hillaire had 10.

UP NEXT: Boys & Girls (16-3, 10-2 Brooklyn AA) heads to Cardinal Hayes on Saturday while South Shore (14-7, 8-4) will face No. 6 Wings Academy on Sunday.

Game of the Week: Boys & Girls at Hayes

January, 27, 2012
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WHO: No. 3 Boys & Girls vs. No. 1 Cardinal Hayes

WHERE: Cardinal Hayes

WHEN: Saturday, 4 p.m.

WHY THIS GAME IS IMPORTANT: Two of the top teams in New York City meet in a game featuring a traditional power against a team on the rise.

Boys & Girls is a New York City powerhouse and a two-time defending Public Schools Athletic League champions. The Kangaroos have already had success on the road this year against a Catholic league power, winning on the road against Christ the King. Will they be able to do it again against Hayes?

Hayes, ranked No. 1 for the first time this season, will face its toughest test of the season. The Cardinals have moved up to the AA after back-to-back trips to the A title game and are off to a 15-1 start that includes an undefeated record in New York City. Will Hayes be able to send a message to New York City?

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Boys & Girls senior forward Leroy Fludd
Boys & Girls senior guard Rashad Andrews
Boys & Girls senior guard Joel Angus
Cardinal Hayes senior center Amadou Sidibe
Cardinal Hayes senior forward Jalen Jenkins
Cardinal Hayes senior guard Naasir Williams

COACHES

Boys & Girls: Ruth Lovelace
Cardinal Hayes: Joe Lods

HOW THEY GOT HERE

No. 3 Boys & Girls 15-3 (9-2 Brooklyn AA)
Nov. 26: 89-56 win vs. Pathways Prep
Dec. 1: 90-43 win vs. Westinghouse
Dec. 6: 74-56 win vs. Transit Tech
Dec. 8: 82-65 win at Robeson
Dec. 10: 64-59 win at Christ the King
Dec. 13: 73-61 win at Grady
Dec. 15: 61-58 loss at South Shore
Jan. 1: 63-38 win vs. Vaux (Pa.)
Jan. 3: 86-84 win vs. Jefferson
Jan. 5: 61-45 win at Westinghouse
Jan. 10: 73-50 win at Transit Tech
Jan. 12: 79-44 win vs. Robeson
Jan. 14: 74-64 loss at Lincoln
Jan. 15: 71-59 win vs. Curtis
Jan. 17: 88-33 win vs. Grady
Jan. 19: 71-52 loss vs. Curtis (La.)
Jan. 20: 59-50 win vs. Salmen (La.)
Jan. 21: 67-53 win vs. Wenonah (Ala.)

No. 1 Cardinal Hayes (15-1, 8-0 AA)
Dec. 2: 56-44 win at Holy Cross
Dec. 6: 49-35 win vs. All Hallows
Dec. 9: 78-60 win vs. Bishop Loughlin
Dec. 11: 70-52 win vs. Long Island Lutheran
Dec. 13: 59-52 win at Molloy
Dec. 16 55-52 win vs. Hialeah Gardens (Fla.)
Dec. 17: 64-48 win vs. Collidge (D.C.)
Dec. 18: 54-38 win vs. Aquinas (Fla.)
Dec. 20: 50-45 loss vs. Coral Springs (Fla.)
Jan. 2: 51-39 win at Bishop Ford
Jan. 3: 69-52 win at Mount
Jan. 6: 52-37 win at Stepinac
Jan. 10: 56-41 win vs. Fordham Prep
Jan. 13: 69-64 win at St. Raymond
Jan. 17: 67-49 win at All Hallows
Jan. 21: 68-47 win vs. St. Peter's

Rapid Reaction: No. 3 Boys 64, No. 1 CK 59

December, 10, 2011
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Leroy Fludd came to Christ the King on Saturday looking to send a message.

"I had to prove I was the No. 1 player in the city with the 'W,'" the Boys & Girls senior forward said.

Fludd certainly placed himself squarely in the race for the honors of top player with his performance Saturday. The senior dominated on both ends of the floor as he tallied 23 points and led No. 3 Boys & Girls to a 64-59 road win at No. 1 Christ the King in Middle Village, N.Y.

Fludd outplayed Christ the King's senior shooting guard Omar Calhoun, the top-ranked recruit in New York City who is headed to Connecticut. Calhoun finished with 18 points.

"I knew he was one of the best players in the city," Fludd said. "I had to come out and play hard."

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: In a game between the defending Public Schools Athletic League and Catholic High School Athletic Association champions, extra effort on the glass made the difference. The Kangaroos cleaned up on the offensive glass, scoring on plenty of second-chance shots. They had 28 rebounds and eight blocks, with 10 rebounds from Joel Angus.

Christ the King (1-1) got off to a hot start but Boys & Girls (5-0) rebounded to take a 34-33 lead at halftime. Boys & Girls built its lead up to as much as eight points in the second half, going up 59-51 with 3:28 left on a layup by Fludd. Christ the King sliced into the lead late but it could not overcome the big lead. The Kangaroos got plenty of big plays for Fludd along the way.

"We can get caught up in the jump shot," Boys & Girls coach Ruth Lovelace said. "It's the extra effort, the hard work to get it inside."

TURNING POINT: Christ the King made it 53-51 with 5:39 left but Boys responded with a 6-0 run. An offensive rebound and putback by Angus followed by consecutive layups from Fludd gave the Kangaroos a 59-51 lead with 3:28 remaining. Christ the King would never cut the lead to less than four the rest of the way.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Fludd dominated this game. He had acrobatic dunks, including a one-handed alley-oop slam, and finished strong in the paint. Going against Calhoun brought out the best in him and helped his team pick up the big win. Fludd has offers from Arizona, Providence and Alabama, among others.

"Without a doubt he is the best player in the PSAL," said Lovelace, who complimented Fludd for his work over the summer. "They say the kid Calhoun, and we know he is a special player as well. It's a real good look for Leroy. Because he believes he belongs in that race. It shouldn't just be Calhoun's name mentioned for player of the year. Leroy believes that his name should be in the mix. To go head to head, you know people will remember that in March."

LOSING EFFORT: Calhoun struggled with his shot but still finished with a team-high 18 points. He scored 12 in the second half, carrying his team at points, but it was not enough. Saturday was the rare occasion where Calhoun was not the best on the court.

Christ the King head coach Joe Arbitello did not think Fludd outplayed Calhoun.

"I think their team outplayed my team," Arbitello said.

QUOTE OF THE GAME: Lovelace was asked if this win proved that Boys & Girls was now the team to beat in the city. She responded: "Why not? I believe they are 14th in the country. You want to play in a game like this where we're challenged. We are as good as any team in the city."

UP NEXT: Boys & Girls travels to Grady for a PSAL Brooklyn AA tilt on Tuesday. Christ the King will play Troy (N.Y.) on Saturday.

CHSAA BK/Q Playoffs: Holy Cross 83, St. Francis Prep 59

February, 21, 2011
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NEW YORK – Holy Cross coach Paul Gilvary reminded his team before the game that people don’t get many second chances. But that’s exactly what the Knights had. They had another chance to avenge an early season loss to St. Francis Prep and the seniors had another chance to play a ball game on their home court. And Holy Cross made the most of it. The Knights made the Battle of the Francis Lewis Boulevard into a run off the block, dominating St. Francis Prep, 83-59, in the first round of the Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA tournament Monday night.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: Holy Cross just did whatever it wanted almost from the opening tip. The Knights (15-10) handled Prep’s zone, blew through its full court press and forced the Terriers into an array of rushed shots.

Marquise Moore scored five straight points that ignited an 11-2 run that gave Holy Cross a 17-7 lead with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. The Knights never looked back. They also scored the first 11 points of the second quarter and opened 28-9 lead midway with 4:26 left in the half.

“I think we played a full 32 minutes tonight,” Gilvary said. “That’s something that we’ve really tried to stress. We’ve had other games were we didn’t play an entire game and that’s something we did a great job of tonight.”

St. Francis Prep (12-13) made a run in the third that started with a Glyne Straker runner in the lane and ended with breakaway layup from Mike Murray that closed the gap to 11 halfway through the quarter.

Still, it wasn't enough. Holy Cross responded with a 10-0 run of its own and went into the fourth with a 20-point advantage.

TURNING POINT: It didn’t seem like there was much that St. Francis Prep could do to stop the bleeding but it seemed that the Terriers troubles had a direct correlation with forward Andrew Winter nailed to be bench by foul trouble. Winter picked up his third foul with about two minutes left in the first quarter.

Holy Cross immediately went on a 6-0 surge and outscored St. Francis Prep, 25-13, for the remainder of the first half. With Winter in the game, the Terriers closed the deficit to 11. But then Winter earned his fourth with 3:47 left in the third and went back to the bench while the Knights closed the quarter 10-3.

Winter played 1:24 of the fourth before he fouled out and Holy Cross promptly pushed another 18-4 spurt.

STAR OF THE GAME: It could have been anybody. Even Conti had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Moore added 15 and Marcus Hopper had 13 points and 9 boards.

“Today was such a fun game in so many ways,” Conti said. “It’s the last game we’re ever going to play here. We beat Prep by 30 after they killed us here the first time. It was a really special game for me and Marcus.”

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Despite it being the final home game in a storied career for Conti, he was boo’ed every time he touched the ball by a contingent of St. Francis Prep fans large enough to make it feel like a road game.

“Prep fans are crazy,” Conti said. “If they boo you they must think a person is good. They were trying to get into me psychologically.”

QUOTE OF THE GAME: “I think we just played well. It didn’t matter who was in the game.”--Gilvary on Winter’s foul trouble leading to success:

UP NEXT: No. 3 Holy Cross will play No. 2 Xaverian at Christ the King at 6 p.m

No. 4 Bishop Loughlin 72, No. 5 Molloy 59: The score was tie at 46 with 7:15 left to play when an and-one layup by Elisa Boone completely turned the game around for Bishop Loughlin (12-13), which then outscored Molloy (13-12) 26-13 the rest of the way.

Joel Angus led the Lions with 16 points while Travis Charles added 13. Chris Dorgler and Marco Kozul had 15 for Molloy. Bishop Loughlin will top-seeded Christ the King, Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.


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