April 29, 2008

New Heights 2010 stuns Team Underrated

After winning the silver championship at the Hoop Group Jam Fest in Providence, RI over the past weekend, the young; the very young New Heights 2010 continue to turn heads.

This time the heads that were turned were that of Team Underrated who were on the receiving end of a 71-70 defeat by this evolving phenom team that plays way up and wins.

In the second game at the iS8/Nike on Tuesday, freshman point guard Corey Edwards would get things poppin' for the young New Heights 2010 team with a quick lay-up followed by an assist to teammate Devon Collier for the dunk.

Senior point guard Mikey Russell of Baldwin H.S. and John Nielson would fire from the arc for Team Underrated and it was "game on"

A Harold McBride three ball would put New Heights up 4 points early.

Soon after, Ryan Creighton would strike back from outside to give Team Underrated their first but brief lead.

McBride, a 6'0" sophomore guard at St. Raymond's, was impressive on offense, bangin' buckets from the outside and causing turnovers on defense.

Edwards, a 5'10" freshman at Christ the King, would nail points from the corner. JayVaughn Pinkston and Collier would score put backs to put New Heights up by 13 points at the end of the first quarter.

The bleeding would continue as New Heights would extend their lead to start the second.

The 6'6" Pinkston, of Bishop Loughlin, was unstoppable inside as a disciplined and young New Heights systematically dismantled a stunned Team Underrated in the first half.

With 1:40 left in the half the New Heights lead was at 19 points.

Cam Barber and Creighton and would surge at the end of the half to minimize Team Underrated's deficit but a Collier dunk at the buzzer for New Heights would put a period on the first half sentence.

The first half scoring of New Heights was balanced as Pinkston, McBride and Collier would each have 12 points at halftime.

Team Underrated came out in the second half with the look of determination but Edwards is a tough point guard facilitated good ball rotation.

Relentless on defense, Team Underrated's offense only managed to knock off one point from New Heights lead.

Team Underrated went to a full court press which forced Edwards to travel with 3:32 left in the third.

Devon Collier, who recently transferred to St. Anthony's along with teammate Ashton Pankey, showed excellent ball handling skills going full court for the lay-up as the lead grew to 23 points. Pankey was unavailable for this game.

Brandon Frazier, 6'1" sophomore at Bishop Loughlin, was also impressive with an acrobatic reverse bucket. Another Collier dunk would end the quarter 61-39, New Heights 2010.

If Team Underrated had any chance of pulling this out for a win, the time was now.

Two Creighton swishes and buckets off turnovers would quickly shrink the New Heights lead to 8 points with 4:03 left in regulation.

New Heights youth began to show as they began to focus to much trying to hold on to their lead as opposed to maintaining and trying to increase their lead.

A turnover resulted in a bucket by Barber with 2:57 left.

Pinkston would get stripped, resulting in a Creighton bucket but a Team Underrated foul would put them in double bonus and stimey their building momentum.

An all net three ball by Ryan Dillon would decrease New Heights lead to 2 points with only1:05 left.

A double dribble would give Team Underrated the ball and Cam Barber would tie the game with a put back but New Heights would regain the lead with 23 seconds.

Mikey Russell would net a three pointer to briefly give Team Underrated the lead but Collier with time running out would regain New Heights lead by one point as time ran out.

Devon Collier had a dominate performance with a game high 21 points with Harold McBride adding 19 points. Ryan Creighton would score 20 points for Team Underrated.

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