January 20, 2008

Kilpatrick Slays Record & Canarsie in OT

Sean Kilpatrick played like a man possessed on Saturday afternoon. Recently, the 6'5" senior poured in 33 points against Mt. Vernon to score his 1000th career point.

Just when you thought he couldn't go any higher he did. Earlier in the day, during the Big Apple Basketball Invitational, Pennsbury's Dalton Pepper broke the tournaments previous scoring record with 40 points against Wadleigh. Kilpatrick would top that with an earth shattering come from behind win in overtime as White Plains defeated Canarsie High School 82 - 79.

In a game that seemed predestined to go Canarsies way, a sluggish White Plains Tigers were being manhandled by the Canarsie Chiefs. Junior guard Vincent Matos was abusing the Tigers defense with mid- range jumpers and Hofstra-bound Yves Jules was deadly from all corner of the floor. The first quarter would end with Canarsie up by seven.

Kilpatrick would score occasionally for White Plains but Matos, Jules and junior Ignatius Poleon would answer back for Canarsie. It seemed to be 5 against one as the Chiefs lead would swell to 17 as Yves Jules would score 13 points in the first half alone leaving White Plains ultimately behind at the half 42 - 27.

To start the third quarter, the Tigers came out fierce led by Kilpatrick who attacks the basket dodging defenders and scoring at will. 6'6" junior center Darrell Ward would score on the inside and suddenly White Plains was within single digits.

6'7" senior Elon Howard, who would foul out in the 4th quarter, scored on the inside and then followed with a thunder dunk for the Chiefs but it was not enough to slow White Plains momentum as Ra'Shad James would drive and hit a runner to bring the Tigers to within two. Kilpatrick would soon after, score on a mid-range to tie the game at 70. Kilpatrick would have an opportunity to go for the win at the buzzer but came up short.

In overtime Sean Kilpatrick became Michael Jordan-esque. He would drive, get fouled and from the free throw line would give White Plains their first lead of the game. Canarsie seemed to be still stunned as to how they could've given up such a lead while White Plains seemed focus on getting the "W". In the end, Vernell Blackman, who replace Howard would foul out, Jules would disappear, Kilpatrick was on fire and White Plains would pull off the upset victory of the tournament thus far.

MVP Sean Kilpatrick would score a staggering 44 points shooting 17 for 25, setting a new record for the B.A.B. Invitational. Vincent Matos was high man for Canarsie with 25 points.


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