Lincoln (N.Y.) 65 Sophie B. Wright 61

At a Glance:
Trailing by four at halftime the Lincoln Railsplitters rallied for a four point victory in a hard fought contest over the Sophie B. Wright Warriors. Upping the pressure on defense the New York squad forced seven Warrior turnovers in the third quarter to take a 48-40 lead into the final frame. Sophie B Wright would rally to tie the game at 50 early in the fourth, but Lincoln was able to regain and keep the lead the rest of the way led by Kenechuckwu Ndefo who finished with a double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) and four blocks on the afternoon.

Leading Scorers:
Prince Campbell 22pts (SBW)
Kenechuckwu Ndefo 17 pts. (LIN)

“I thought we played with a little more intensity and detail in the second half, we made free throws down the stretch but we can shoot them better. Turnovers were a big issue for us which we have to clean up.” – ” Lincoln Head Coach Dwayne Morton.

“We played hard but we didn’t play well enough at the right times. I liked our effort but we had too many turnovers in the second half. We can play better.” – Sophie B. Wright Head Coach Jason Bertrand.

Next Up:
Winner plays the winner of University High/Riverside on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Winner plays the loser of University High/Riverside on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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Osceola (Fla.) 49 Landry Walker 47

At a Glance:
In the game of the tournament so far Landry Walker raced out to a 34-23 lead midway through the third quarter before a technical on their bench gave Osceola a spark – a free throw, possession and a layup by Josh Marte sparked a quick 8-3 run to end the quarter and put the Florida school in striking distance.  A quick three by Josh Marte, before and-one layup by Jaduhkiss Soto tied the game at 37 less than 90 seconds into the fourth quarter. Marte had another crucial drive and layup to tie the game at 42 with 4:30 to play and on the next possession Armani Thomas would drain a right wing three to give the Cowboys their first lead since the first quarter. Charging Buc guard Dywan Griffin would answer with a floater of his own to tie the game at 47 with just over a minute and a half to play.  The last play proved to big the biggest as a long rebound would find its way into the hands of Isaiah Palmero for a game winning fast break dunk as time expired..

Leading Scorers:
Josh Marte 27 pts (OSC)
Dywan Griffin 11 pts. (LW)

Next Up:
Winner plays winner of Helen Cox/Edna Karr on Friday at 8:30 p.m..
Loser plays loser of Helen Cox/Edna Karr on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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Riverside 74 University High 70

At a Glance:
Trailing 41-34 in the third Riverside went on and 11-0 run in the last two minutes of the third to take a four point lead into the final quarter. A quick six points by University High’s Eric Reed would extend the Cubs lead back to two. Following a back and forth final quarter a pair of free throws by Reed would draw the Cubs within two points at 61-59. Reed was cool as ice – scoring 24 consecutive Cub points at point – in the quarter knocking down a clutch three to take the lead 62-61 with just over two minutes to play. Tied at 63, Jared Butler scored the basket and drew a foul to give Riverside a 66-63 lead with 2:04 to play. Eric Reed responded with a layup of own before Jeremiah Bigham scored back-to-back layups to extend the Riverside lead to 70-66 with one minute to play in the game. The Cubs wouldn’t go away as senior guard Michael Douglas hit a deep three with 7.6 seconds remaining to bring University High within two points at 72-70. The Rebels would sink their free throws down the stretch and hold on for the 74-70 victory.

Leading Scorers:
Eric Reed 29 pts. (UH)
Jared Butler 27 pts. (RIV)

“In the second half, we came out with a little more energy, we came out with enough energy to win. Did we play well? No, but you’ve got to give University a lot of credit. Joe (Spencer) does a great job and they’ve got a great player. When you have a great player that can put 30 on you, they’ll beat anybody.” – Riverside Head Coach Timmy Byrd

Next Up:
Winner plays Lincoln (N.Y.)  on Friday at 8:30 p.m..
Loser plays Sophie B. Wright  on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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Edna Karr 50 Helen Cox 40

At a Glance:
Slow start to the game with just eight points combined scored in the first quarter. Both teams battled hard in the second quarter each finding a bit more rhythm on offense leaving the score tied 21-21 at the break. Karr would come out of the half on fire scoring the first ten points of the half on their way to an eventual 40-28 lead at the end of the third quarter and the eventual 10-point victory. Marc Bowie led the Cougars with 16 points on the night.

Leading Scorers:
Marc Bowie 16 pts. (KAR)
Isaiah Lewis 9 pts. (HC)

“At halftime, we talked about picking our energy up. We turned the ball over a little bit in the first half and we missed some easy shots so we talked about that at halftime, about taking care of the ball and getting the ball to the right spots. They pretty much did that. They did a good job of executing doing the 13-0 run. We really challenged the kids to get out to their shooters and they did a good job.” – Edna Karr Head Coach Taurus Howard.

Next Up:
Edna Karr plays Osceola (Fla.) on Friday at 8:30 p.m..
Helen Cox plays Landry Walker on Friday at 7:00 p.m..

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4:00 PM
(Boys) Scotlandville 72 Country Day 35
(Boys) West Jefferson 70 Hannan 29

(Girls Gold) Zachary 69 Destrehan 31

(Girls Silver) Cohen 56 Christ Episcopal 27
(Girls Silver) Drexel Prep 60  MLK Charter 34

5:30 PM
(Girls Platinum) Madison Prep 58 Salmen 51
(Girls Platinum) Warren Easton 57 New Iberia 19

(Girls Gold) Thibodeaux X Natchitoches Central X

(Girls Silver) Helen Cox 53 West St. John 29
(Girls Silver) Chapelle 45 Higgens 19

7:00 PM
(Girls Platinum) Loranger 40 Ouachita 33

(Girls Platinum) Kenwood 51 Ellender 40

(Girls Gold) South Terrebonne 53 Lafayette Christian 25
(Girls Silver) Ben Franklin 38 Riverside 32
(Girls Silver) Mount Carmel 55 Walker 51 – OT

8:30 PM
(Boys) Jehovah-Jireh 54 Dunham 50
(Boys) Madison Prep 75 Covington 67

(Girls Gold) St. Thomas Aq    uinas 61 Hanhville 55

(Girls Silver) Dominican 50 Edna Karr 26
(Girls Silver) Terrebonne 47 East Jefferson 16