The 2009 NY2LA Sports Classic tipped off the high school basketball season in the state of Wisconsin this past weekend and it was an action packed 2 days as many of the top teams and top prospects from the Badger State put it down on both the boys and the girls side. When the dust settled after an explosive couple of days inside the gym at Nicolet High School, it was the host Nicolet, Dominican, Vincent and a host of others who really turned in solid efforts for the weekend. Here's a recap of what went down on the Boys side this past weekend...
Friday November 27, 2008 Results
Milwaukee Pulaski 60 Brown Deer 51
This was a matchup of two young and talented squads with some excellent up and coming prospects on the floor for both teams. Brown Deer jumped out early with an 18-11 first quarter before Pulaski came roaring back behind 6-6 Jr. SF Roy Marshall to take a 32-26 halftime lead. The 2nd half saw Pulaski maintain their lead with an explosive 3rd quarter performance by Marshall and the upstart squad from the City Conference closed things out with a 60-51 victory. Marshall was sensational as the talented and explosive swingman hit for 35 points and knocked down 4 trey balls in a monster performance that led Pulaski to the victory. 6-5 So. F Jamon Jackson-Wilson finished with 11 points to pace Brown Deer.
Kenosha Bradford 66 Milwaukee Madison 54
The Red Devils used a 26-15 2nd quarter run to turn a 1 point deficit into a 10 point halftime lead and never looked back. 6-2 Sr. Swingman Kris Sexton paced Bradford with 19 points while 6-0 Sr. G Zack Akina chipped in with 15 for the Red Devils. On the flip side Milwaukee Madison was led by 6-1 Jr. swingman Acquallo Moore who popped in 20 points to lead the Knights.
Pius XI 60 Muskego 39
The Popes hit the scene last year with a young squad and struggled with a couple of losses in last year's NY2LA Sports Classic but fast forward a year later and things were much different this past weekend for Pius XI as they started off in nice fashion. Using a 20-4 third quarter burst, the Popes broke away from Muskego and never looked back with a 60-39 victory. 6-4 So. SG Larry Fitzgerald was sensational in this one as the talented young swingman hit for 21 points to pace Coach Claassen's squad and start the season off on a very positive note.
Franklin 42 Waukesha South 39
Another solid matchup between two young and hungry programs saw Franklin bounce back from a 17-10 first quarter deficit to outlast South with a 42-39 victory. The key in this one was Franklin used a 10-2 3rd quarter to turn a 4 point deficit into a 4 point lead and they were able to hold on down the stretch against a feisty South squad that's only going to get better. 6-0 Sr. G Paul Lincoln led the Saberts with 13 points while 6-4 Jr. G Matt Krueger chipped in with 12 points on the come up. 6-4 Jr. F Tim Woodford paced the Blackshirts with 21 points in a solid opening game effort.
Dominican 58 Catholic Memorial 55
In one of the best matchups of the weekend, the young Dominican Knights came back from a double digit first half deficit to outlast Memorial in a classic affair to kick off the weekend. Dominican used some excellent defense and clutch shots by the likes of 2012 G Jamall Taylor and 2010 SF Mikael Luter who both came up with hugh baskets inside the last minute of the game to outlast the experienced Memorial squad 58-55. 2012 F Iman Johnson was huge on the defensive end of the floor in the 2nd half and he paced the Knights with 13 points while Jamall Taylor hit for 12 and Mikael Luter added 10 respectively. 6-0 Sr. G Derek Schell led Memorial with 22 points while 6-4 Sr. C Austin Pucylowski chipped in with 10 points for the Crusaders.
Nicolet 63 Kenosha Tremper 45
Nicolet turned in two eye opening performances this past weekend and this was one of the them as they jumped out to a 24-8 lead and never looked back coasting to a 63-45 victory. 6-2 Sr. G Myles Henry led the Knights with 13 points while 6-0 Sr. G Jarel James chipped in with 11 points. The Trojans were paced by 5-10 Sr. G Ruben Williams who hit for 13 points in a losing effort.
Saturday November 28, 2009
Brookfield Academy 59 Milwaukee Northwest 57
This was a classic back and forth affair to kick off the day as both teams got after it with each taking the lead down the stretch in an intense 4th quarter affair that saw Brookfield Academy outlast Milwaukee Northwest with a 59-57 victory. 6-3 Sr. G Troy Huff came up huge in the 4th quarter and finished with 25 points to pace the Blue Knights while 6-4 Sr. SF Marquis Jordan added 12 points on the come up. 5-10 So. G Shyheim McClelland led the Eagles with 17 points in a solid opening game effort while 5-11 So. G Charles Wardell chipped in with 15 for Milwaukee Northwest.
Racine Case 119 Milwaukee Madison 51
This one wasn't close from the start as the explosive and athletic Racine Case squad exploded out of the box with a 26-6 first quarter and never looked back. 6-1 Jr. G Mitchell came up big as the talented perimeter sharpshooter finished with 23 points to lead the Eagles. 6-4 Jr. SF Alex Marzette turned in a sensational and dominant effort on both ends as the ultra athletic swingman finished with 22 points for Case. 6-1 Jr. SF Acquallo Moore hit for 20 to lead Milwaukee Madison in this one.
Catholic Memorial 76 Muskego 39
The senior backcourt of Memorial led the way in this one as the Crusaders jumped out to a 23-8 first quarter lead and never looked back as they coasted to a 76-39 victory. 6-0 Sr. G Derek Schell led the way again with 17 points and backcourt mate 6-4 Sr. PG T.J. Bray chipped in with 15 points in a solid effort for the Crusaders.
Milwaukee Pius XI 50 Kenosha Bradford 49
The Popes had all that they could handle in this one as the upstart Red Devils took them down to the wire in a classic back and forth affair that saw Pius XI come escape with a 50-49 victory. 6-0 Sr. G Artie Turner led the way for Pius XI with 15 points while the ultra athletic 5-11 Jr. PG Quardell Young paced the Sun Devils with 20 points in an excellent performance.
Milwaukee Vincent 58 Kenosha Tremper 50
The young Vincent squad struggled out of the box in the first half but used a 19-10 third quarter burst led by 6-5 Fr. SF Deonte Burton to take the lead and never looked back as they took their record to 1-0 with a 58-50 victory in this one. Burton started slow but exploded in the 2nd half for 16 points to finish with 18 and pace the Vikings in an explosive opening game effort for one of the premiere freshman in the country. Burton was lethal on the glass and once he got going in the 2nd half he was virtually unstoppable and capped it off with a monster dunk late in the 4th quarter that had the crowd buzzing. Tremper showed some excellent heart in this one bouncing back from a lopsided loss on Friday to hang in with the perennial City Conference power. 6-1 Sr. G Sam Savaglio paced Tremper with 14 points and was sensational on the defensive end of the floor as well.
Dominican 63 Franklin 56
They say the "Young don't know any better" and that cliche fits the Dominican Knights just fine as they used their 2nd comeback in as many nights to run their record to 2-0 with a 63-56 victory over Franklin. Franklin burst out to a 16-8 lead in the first quarter but the Knights bounced back with a 21-13 2nd quarter to take a halftime lead. Franklin tied the game at the end of the 3 but the 4th quarter was all Dominican as the Knights used a 21-12 4th quarter to take home the victory in this one. The much hyped 6-1 Fr. PG Duane Wilson Jr. was as advertised in this one as he exploded for 24 points including 21 in the final 3 quarters to help lead the Knights all the way back in this one. 6-1 So. G Jamall Taylor added 15 as the explosive young backcourt of Dominican proved that they will be a force to reckon with this season. 6-7 Jr. F Nick Romanowski led the way for Franklin in this one as the talented young forward paced the Sabers with 20 points while 6-4 Jr. G Matt Krueger chipped in with 15 points on the come up.
Nicolet 62 Marquette 43
Nicolet used a 15-2 3rd quarter burst in this one to break open a 1 point halftime game and grab the victory over a tough Marquette squad. Nicolet's athleticism and ability to jump the passing lanes in the 3rd quarter helped trigger the huge run which combined with the foul trouble of 6-7 Jr. F John Kopriva for Marquette left the Hilltoppers with no answers in this one. 6-2 Sr. G Myles Henry led the Knights with 15 in this one while 6-8 Jr. F Christian Williams added 12 points on the come up for Nicolet. 5-11 Jr. PG Quinten Calloway paced the Hilltoppers with 11 points while 6-4 Jr. F Alex Backe added 10 points on the come up for Marquette in a losing effort.