PSAL AA Division Semi Final Results & Top Performers - Video Highlights

PSAL AA DIVISION SEMIFINALS

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#11 Jefferson - 70

#2 Wings - 53

Top Performers Jefferson:

Malachi Faison - 17pts

Jordan Armstrong - 14pts - Watch Armstrong Video Highlights

Kyle Harding - 11pts

Top Performers Wings

Elijah Chapman - 17pts

#1 Lincoln - 72

#5 Curtis - 58

Top Performers Lincoln;

Kclejuan Ferguson - 26pts Lincoln's Kclejuan Brown highlight dunk

Malik Martin - 18pts

Donald Flores - 17pts

Top Performers Curtis:

Malik Martin - 18pts

Sam Majekodunmi - 13pts

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Comment by John Likanje on March 8, 2017 at 8:36am

#1 Abraham Lincoln vs #5 Curtis Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNT2PzykMNg

Comment by Rich Kosik on March 8, 2017 at 1:01am

Fans ( about 2,500) of NYC basketball were treated to two exciting games Tuesday @ St. John's University. The first game featured the 2016 defending PSAL City Champions #11 seeded Thomas Jefferson Campus vs #2 seeded Wings Academy of the Bronx who were the 2015 PSAL Champs. 

As the game tipped off the teams seemed mirror images of each other with quick, athletic, tough players. Both are well coached ( Bud Pollard- Jefferson & Billy Turnage, Wings) and they play a face paced, smart brand of basketball. Both teams were in attack mode & getting to each others rim almost every time down the court is the 1st half. Jefferson was led by the shooting & all around play of Sr. Kyle Harding & Jordan Armstrong. Wings was led by Sr. Guard Elijah Chapman who hit consecutive 3's & and several successful, jet quick, fan pleasing drives to the hoop. The game was 24-24 at the half & seemed like it would be classic down to the buzzer second half.

Well, much like Sunday's game vs John Bowne, Jefferson had a different idea -play- INTENSE defense!  Elijah Chapman found himself guarded by the long limbed Kyle Harding & frequently double teamed. Those drives to the rim by Wings were now being denied. Several unforced turnovers & Jefferson hitting timely 3's by Kyle Harding, Jordan Armstrong & Khalil Rhodes had Jefferson out score Wings 24-11 in the Third & Jeff was up 48-35 @ the end of 3 Qts. & an invite to the City Championship Saturday (3/10- 12 noon) at MSG seemed assured. Wings gave it their best shot, but turn overs, Jefferson's D & great outside shooting ( (Harding & Armstrong) were to much for Wings to over come. A 70-53 final has the Jefferson "Orange Wave" back @ MSG to defend their title. Congrats to Coach Pollard, his solid staff & team. They got there the old fashioned way- from a 8-6 league record to the Championship game , they earned it!

The 2nd game featured the undefeated 14 & 0, #1 seed Lincoln Railsplitters vs the 14-0, # 5 seeded Curtis Warriors of Staten Island. Curtis came out on fire & hit their first 3 shots & were up 6-0 & were hustling at both ends of the court. Lincoln's Donald Cannon-Flores wasn't hitting his shots & Lincoln had 4-5-6-7 put backs & drives to the hoop come up short. Curtis looked like they were living the dream when the first Qt. ended with 6'3" Jr. Malik hitting back to back 3's, one of them@ the buzzer from 12-18 ft. BEHIND the 3 pt. line- putting the Warriors up 22 - 16 after 1. The 2nd Qt was more of them same with Lincoln not enjoying their usual success vs all foes & Curtis gaining confidence every time down the court. When #1(soph?) Amad Anderson Jr. hit a running 3 as the buzzer sounded ending the 2nd qt. Curtis had every right to think "this is our night!". Up 43-32, it seemed a strong possibility. The 3rd Qt. looked like Curtis was in control & that 11 pt. lead seemed comfortable. May be too comfortable. Lincoln's coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton had called 2 quick time outs & he must have been saying the right things because it was like a power switch had been turned on. Lincoln's press started to get to Curtis & Lincoln's Michael Reid, Flores & Curtis Gordon were coming alive. The 3rd Qt ended with Curtis still up 50-43, but Lincoln had come alive and they were coming for the Warrior's juggler. Playing the passing lanes, double teaming guys and fighting for every rebound had the ball bouncing the Railsplitters way. Flores hit back to back 3's & with 6:36 left in the game Lincoln was within 1 pt @ 50-49. Curtis's Sr. Guard, Samuel Majekodunmi hit 1 of 1 to make it 51-49 & then Lincoln's D got even tighter. Off a turnover Michael Reid tied the game at 51 & here comes Lincoln. Deflected passes, steal after steal resulting in fast break baskets or trips to the charity stripe > Jr. Curtis Gordon hit 2 foul shots & Lincoln was up 55 - 51 . At one point Curtis turned the ball over 5 of 6 trips down the floor & Lincoln took advantage of every single one- 63-56, 65-56, 66-56 , 68-58 & it was all over 72-58 = Lincoln punching their ticket for a return trip to the Garden &  a rematch of last year's PSAL Championship vs Jefferson. 

Lincoln was 14-0 & Jefferson 8 & 6 in what is rightfully called the strongest, most competitive division in NYC basketball. Jefferson is playing their best ball right now & Lincoln has only look great in spurts in the play-offs. They're two well coached, experienced teams with lots of that Brooklyn pride & swagger. Come this Saturday, I don't want to be any place else, but @ MSG to see this battle of Brooklyn for City Championship & a right to play for the state title next week in Albany. Hope to see you there!

Comment by John Likanje on March 7, 2017 at 11:19pm

#2 Wings vs #11 Thomas Jefferson Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2ChHHZ87sU&feature=em-uploademail

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