Quarterfinal Action from The Showcase

The New Jersey All-Stars, led by Rutgers recruits <b>Jaron Griffin</b> and <b>Anthony Farmer</b>, advanced to the first round of the playoffs at the Showcase down in Florida. Today, with a semi-final berth at stake, they faced the Arkansas Wings.

Led by the athletic and versatile wing Magnum Rolle, Arkansas was to pose a difficult challenge for New Jersey.

A hotly contested battle throughout most of the first half, the All-Stars were not able to take a decisive advantage until the unthinkable happened.  Big men Andrew Bynum and Brian Zoubek (2006 - Senior: Haddonfield, NJ) both got into foul trouble less than two minutes apart from one another.  Bynum picked up his 3rd personal with 6:44 left in the first half and less than two minutes later Zoubek had to take a seat after picking up his third.

Led by superb back-court play the New Jersey All-Stars went on a 19-8 run from that point on and took control of the game.  The deciding run was spearheaded by Anthony Farmer who had 9 points for the half.  "His leadership and the way he directed the offense was impressive.  He was under control, led them down the court and set up guys on the wing," added Mike Sullivan who has been at the Florida event all weekend and has been watching Rutgers' recruits closely.  Jaron Griffin chipped in with 6 points as New Jersey led 39-21.

The second half featured more of the same domination by the New Jersey All-Stars as they cruised to an 86-63 victory.  Farmer finished with 15 points and 5 assists while missing the majority of the fourth quarter.  Griffin added 12 points in the blowout win. 

The impressive guard play of incoming Rutgers recruits has to have Scarlet Knight fans smiling.  Despite the prolonged absence of both Andrew Bynum and Brian Zoubek, the three guard offense for New Jersey was able to control the game from the mid-second quarter on.

With the victory, the All-Stars improve their record to 3-1 and advance to the semi-final round.

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