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PSAL beats CHSAA in all-star battle

Team PSAL's Terrence Samuel drives past Brian Bernardi of the CHSAA. Photo by Denis Gostev
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The PSAL all-stars defeated their CHSAA counterparts — well, some of them — and a few other PSAL stars in the first Battle 4 the City.

The showcase, billed by event creator Rickey Rivers as the PSAL against the CHSAA, didn’t quite come to fruition as Catholic league officials discouraged their players from competing, but the PSAL’s best made the most out of it, cruising to a 110-91 victory at Baruch College in Manhattan.

Pathways standout Jordan Washington took home MVP honors after scoring 22 points and throwing down several impressive dunks, rivals-turned-teammates Thaddeus Hall of Thomas Jefferson and Leroy “Truck” Fludd of Boys & Girls combined for 34 points — 18 from Hall and Isaiah Whitehead chipped in 13.

“We would’ve liked to play them at full strength,” Whitehead said. “Now they can say we didn’t really beat them.”

The CHSAA did have five representatives in the game: Kerwin Okoro, Daniel Dingle and Myron Hickman from St. Raymond; Brian Bernardi of Xaverian; and Malik Gill of Mount St. Michael. South Shore’s Wayne Martin and Boys & Girls’ Rashad Andrews and Joel Angus also played for the CHSAA team.

Whitehead said it wouldn’t have mattered who showed up.

“We still would’ve won,” he said. “We know each other well, you can see it from the game — we have chemistry.”

For Fludd and Hall, the showcase was their second time in as many days playing together. They teamed up in the Mayor’s Cup Friday night, though on Saturday they were victorious. The two spent a lot of the season going head to head — Boys High and Jefferson met four times, including the PSAL Class AA finals — and talking trash through the media to one another.

“We laughed with each other about it,” Hall said. “We did it to promote the games. He’s fun to play with. All you have to do is lob the ball up and he’ll go and get it.”

Fludd wins dunk contest, Okoro 3-point shootout: Fludd’s one-handed dunk over a rack of balls won him the slam dunk contest over South Shore’s Shamiek Sheppard and Wayne Martin and Stanley Cespedes of Satellite Academy.

Kerwin Okoro won the 3-point shootout with a score of 10, besting Bernardi, Boys High’s Courtney Solomon and Thomas Jefferson’s Jaquan “Son Son” Lynch.

Boys High’s Killings stars in underclassmen game: Boys & Girls freshman Jamie Killings put up game-highs of 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the blue team to an 82-58 win in the underclassmen game. Lincoln’s Kwame Morton led the white team with 16 points and Thomas Jefferson’s Patrick “Stink” Brown had 14.

Along with fellow talented freshman Marvin Prochet, Killings spent most of his freshmen year on the bench watching his older teammates win a program-record third straight city title and first New York State Federation Class AA crown.

“We got a chance to practice and play with the varsity, so we know what to do next year,” he said. “It helped get me stronger and learn how to play on the varsity level.”

Posted 5:05 pm, April 4, 2012
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