I had some computer problems at first, but I’m all set now. The Suburban team is tied 20-20 with the City team. Antoine Mason opened the scoring with a 3-pointer.
Update, 3:43 p.m.: Timeout. Suburban leads 28-24. Brian Voelkel just hit Fuquan Edwin for back to back hoops, the first of them on a 35-foot lob pass. Marcus Henderson of Newburgh is running the point at the moment. He and Voelkel took the floor during a timeout a few minutes ago. Henderson is still uncommitted, which Bill Murphy couldn’t believe. He’s loved him this week during practice.
Update, 3:51 p.m.: The City team just jumped ahead for the first time, 33-32, on a hoop by Cardozo big man Ryan Rhoomes. Mason tried to beat his man to the hoop the possession before but was cutoff and committed a turnover.
Update, 3:53 p.m.: Mason has a tough matchup in Rice’s 6-foot-6 senior Shane Southwell, who is headed to K-State. He’s done well though. He just hit on a tough putback layup and then forced a Southwell turnover at the other end. It’s 38-33 Suburban team.
Update, 3:58 p.m.: Suburban team leads 47-45. Mason has seven points. The unit with Voelkel and Henderson is back on the floor.
Update, 4:00 p.m.: Media timeout. St. Anthony’s Derrick Williams just tipped one in, so the Suburban team leads 49-47 with 3:59 to play in the half.
Update, 4:07 p.m.: Henderson and Voelkel just put on a passing clinic in the final two minutes of the half. Henderson assisted on three of four baskets, including a sick fake behind-the-back, no-look feed to Voelkel for a three-point play. In those same closing minutes, Voelkel also found Williams for a layup and Jason Morris for a 3. The Suburban team leads 63-58 at the half.
Update, 4:24 p.m.: The second half is about to get underway here at the Garden. The second unit will start the second half. Voelkel has three points, five rebounds and five assists.
Update, 4:34 p.m.: The game is tied 78-78. Henderson just hit Georgia Tech-bound Jason Morris for a short jumper. Voelkel scored on a putback earlier as well. His passing really stands out in this game.
Seton Hall-bound Fuquan Edwin leads all scorers. The Paterson Catholic senior has 17.
Update, 4:40 p.m.: A nice stretch there for Mason. He knifed down the lane and dropped in a finger roll as he was fouled. Just now he scored on a put back to cut the City team’s lead to 92-89. There is still 11:55 left to play.
Update, 4:44 p.m.: Mason told me he wouldn’t be nervous because he’s been out here before, but the New Ro senior looks much more comfortable in the second half. He just assisted on a basket by Rutgers-bound Gil Biruta of St. Benedict’s and added a layup of his own. Mason now has 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Update, 4:50 p.m.: It’s funny. Watching the CYP, which such little room to operate, you forget how good of a passer Voelkel is. Well, he’s showing it today. He just threw an 80-foot inbound pass to Edwin, who scored on a layup as he was fouled to tie score 107-107 with 7:34 left.
Update, 4:57 p.m.: The Suburban team leads 121-117 with 4:44 left. Voelkel is going back on the floor. The teams have scrapped their units and are playing their top guys.
Edwin leads the Suburban team with 26. The Pitt-bound J.J. Moore has 20.
Update, 5:01 p.m.: Tight game here late. It’s 127-125 Suburbs with 2:54 to play. Voelkel is on the floor, Mason is not.
Update, 5:04 p.m.: This is a great finish. Suburban leads 133-132 but the City team has two FTs with 31.6 to play. Rhoomes tied it, 133-133.
Update, 5:08 p.m.: A great, great finish. Williams was fouled with 10.9 to play. He made both free throw. Moore then stole the ball from the city team around halfcourt and threw down a thunderous dunk. The Suburban team won 137-133. Moore, the Pitt-bound wing, finished with 26 points.
It was a good showing by the two local players, and Murphy obviously left as the winning coach. Not bad. I’ll have final stats in a bit.
Update, 5:33 p.m.: I just came back from the locker rooms. Richmond-bound Derrick Williams of St. Anthony’s was named MVP for the Suburban team. He finished with 20 points, including the two winning free throws with 10.9 to play. Uncommitted Ryan Rhoomes of Cardozo had 24 for the City team and was named MVP.