The City 67, Panthers 64: In the semifinals of the CYP Tournament at Our Lady of Mercy, Bashir Ahmed scored 11 of his 26 points in the first quarter to lead The City to a 21-12 lead. Although the Panthers regained the lead, Bishop Loughlin’s Rutgers-bound senior scored 12 of his 17 during a strong second half to help The City unseat the defending CYP champ. Lincoln’s Elijah Davis also added seven points.
Woodlands junior Jamil Gambari scored six of his eight points in the first quarter. He was one of four Woodlands players on The City’s roster, which included senior Abdoulaye Sow and juniors Pierre Lys and Brandon Johnson.
The Panthers were led by 20 points from St. Mary’s senior Steve Milhaven. Brentwood guard Mike Mondesir added 18 points. Long Island Lutheran’s Maru Protcheet added eight points, including a 3-pointer in the final minutes that cut the deficit to three points. The Panthers regained possession with less than two seconds remaining after Ahmed missed a free throw, but could not get off a shot attempt.
Gauchos 95, Team Frenji 86: In the semifinals of the CYP Tournament at Our Lady of Mercy, Roselle Catholic’s Isaiah Briscoe scored 30 points and Lincoln’s Isaiah Whitehead added 23 points. According to Scout.com, Briscoe is the No. 26-ranked junior in the nation and Whitehead, a McDonald’s All-American, is the No. 12-ranked senior.
Whitehead played alongside three of his future Seton Hall teammates: Lincoln’s Desi Rodriguez (8 points), The Patrick School’s Angel Delgado (17 points) and Bishop Loughlin’s Khadeem Carrington (7 points), the CHSAA player of the year.
Despite the Gauchos running out to an early double-digit lead, Frenji trailed just 45-44 at halftime. Wadleigh’s Lenny Kadisha had 19 of his 21 points in the first half. Christ the King big man Adonis De La Rosa scored a game-high 23. Frenji also received a boost off the bench from White Plains’ Mike DeMello and Stepinac’s Damarcus Miller as they cut the deficit in the second quarter. Miller, a junior, briefly gave Frenji the lead on a 3-pointer before Whitehead answered with a fadeaway from 18 feet that regained the lead for the Gauchos shortly before halftime.
Miller finished with 10 points and DeMello had eight. His high school teammate, White Plains freshman Jordan Tucker, had a strong second half, scoring all 10 of his points. Stepinac’s Naim Thomas also scored five points.