New York High School: Loughlin

Girls basketball poll: March 5

March, 5, 2012
Is Nazareth wearing down at the wrong time? Our top-ranked team lost for the second time in two weeks as it fell to Christ the King this weekend in the Brooklyn/Queens Division I tournament. While we keep them No. 1, it seems Nazareth is no longer invincbile.

1. Nazareth (15-3)/(LW: 1): Nazareth is holding on to this top spot by a thread and will face St. John the Baptist in the State tournament quarterfinals.

2. Christ the King (15-13)/(LW: 4): CK moves up to the second spot after sweeping Bishop Loughlin, Nazareth and Bishop Ford this past week. It has a bye in the State tournament.

3. Bishop Ford (22-5)/(LW: 2): Bishop Ford reached the Division I final for the first time but lost to Christ the King in a close game. It faces Moore Catholic in the State tournament.

4. Molloy (18-9)/(LW: 4): Molloy lost a heartbreaker in the Brooklyn/Queens tournament to Molloy and will face Long Island's St. Anthony's in the State tournament.

5. South Shore (21-5)/(LW: 5): South Shore held on late against Midwood and will meet McKee/SI Tech in the PSAL quarterfinals.

6. Moore Catholic (20-5)/(LW: 7): Moore Catholic won its second straight Archdiocesan Class AA crown and will meet Bishop Ford in the State tournament quarterfinals.

7. Murry Bergtraum (16-7)/(LW: 8): Murry Bergtraum handled Lincoln with ease and will face Francis Lewis in the PSAL Class AA quarterfinals.

8. McKee/SI Tech (24-2)/(LW: 9): MSIT swept Manhattan Center and JFK and is now in the semifinals against top-seeded South Shore.

9. Bishop Loughlin (11-12)/(LW: 6): Loughlin falls a few spots after losing to CK in the quarterfinals and has a bye in the Class A State playoffs.

10. Spellman (21-6)/(LW: Unranked): Spellman makes its return to the poll after losing in the Archdiocesan title game to Moore. It has a bye in the Class A state playoffs.

Rapid Reaction: CHSAA Intersectional QF: Rice 68, Loughlin 56

March, 4, 2011
NEW YORK – Coming off a win against St. Raymond, the Rice Raiders’ emotions were high and expectations were higher. That’s why coach Dwayne Mitchell thought his team came out a little flat against the Bishop Loughlin Lions on Friday.

“I think the players looked past them even though they beat us last time,” Mitchell said. “That’s what I told them at half time. I thought they needed to focus and wake up. That’s what they did in the second half.”

Leading the team in the second half was Jermaine Sanders, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter as the Raiders beat Bishop Loughlin , 68-54, in the CHSAA "AA" Intersectional quarterfinals Friday night at Christ the King in Middle Village. Rice advances to the semifinals to face Holy Cross.

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: Rice (18-9) had trouble getting things going from the start. It had a 10-4 midway through the quarter, but its offense disappeared after that and the first quarter ended in a 10-10 tie.

Rice started the second quarter off on a 9-0 run that lasted the first two and a half minutes, but after that it was more of the same from the first quarter. The Raiders couldn’t find any rhythm on offense and a few bad shots were the only thing keeping the Lions (12-15) from running away with the lead.

Finally, in the third quarter, things started clicking for Rice. Primarily it was Sanders who got hot. He scored 10 points during the quarter and was often drawing two defenders even when he didn’t have the ball. He helped Rice to a 48-39 lead after the third quarter that it never relinquished.

“Sanders was big,” Mitchell said. “I said to him at half time, 'you're a senior, you have to step it up. Do what seniors do.' To his credit he stepped it up and that’s what turned us around.”

TURNING POINT: Sanders had just two points in the entire first half and struggled to find a groove as he missed a couple of wide open shots. Things all changed with a big three pointer that gave his team a 28-26 lead.

That shot almost seemed to energize Sanders as he hit another basket just a minute later and another three-point shot twenty seconds after that. Now, with a nine-point lead, Sanders began deferring to his open teammates as he racked up a few assists for himself.

STAR OF THE GAME: Emmanuel Andujar had a big game for himself as he scored 12 points and Richard Council also had a big game with 11 points, but the majority of those points were made possible because the Lions were so weary of Sanders.

“It's real fun playing with him because he's not a selfish player,” Council said of Sanders. “He's a great shooter, but he's a great leader too and knows when to pass the ball. When he's on the court it kind of just opens things up for the rest of us.”

BIGGEST SURPRISE: Bishop Loughlin’s Travis Charles and Daijan Palmer each had strong personal games, scoring 16 points and 15 points respectively, but despite their offensive contributions it seemed like the Lions could never get their offense into a groove.

QUOTE OF THE GAME: “I wouldn't say this was Raider ball. In spurts, but we have to play the whole game. We have to get back to practice. Everything happens at practice. That's where we win the games so we've got to practice, practice, practice.-- Mitchell

Mitchell’s practices are becoming infamous amongst his players.

“I'm not worried who we face next because I know that once we get to practice tomorrow, we're going to be going real hard in practice,” Council said. “Practice is killer, we do a lot of running. Coach is going to get us prepared for the next game.”

NOTES: Earlier in the evening two teams from Queens, St. Francis Prep and Holy Cross, faced off against each other in the Battle of the Boulevard. Holy Cross won 66-53 behind a 21-point performance from Tayvon Moore and the Knights will face Rice on Wednesday in the semifinals at St. John’s University.

Holy Cross struggled in the game, but caught up to St. Francis Prep in the fourth quarter and took the lead for good with 5:59 left . The Knights took over by playing the game more to their style.

“We just got caught playing at the wrong pace,” Holy Cross head coach Paul Gilvary said. “The whole pace of the game was in their favor. So I told them they needed to come out in the second half with a lot more aggression. Once we tied the game we were able to knock them off their rhythm.”

UP NEXT: Rice will now face Holy Cross on Wednesday at St. John’s University at 6 p.m. in a semifinals matchup.

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

February, 21, 2011
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.