Tavon Sledge Delivers In Playoff Game

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game and playoff success of Tavon Sledge, who had a big game yesterday afternoon in a playoff game held at Half Hollow Hills West High School in New York ...

Tavon Sledge has only one direction on his mind when he has the basketball -- to the rim. He did so in impressive fashion yesterday afternoon by ripping off 34 points on an assortment of drives to the basket.

His ability to score with efficiency helped Half Hollow Hills West High School defeat Eastport 65-47 in a second-round playoff game.

Sledge's first eight points came in the first quarter helping his team to an 18-8 lead. Eastport had actually held an early 8-6 lead before HHHW ran off 12 straight points.

HHHW led 39-24 and Sledge had already produced 19 points. The lead pushed up to 54-37 entering the fourth quarter but Eastport didn't quick and got to within nine points midway through the fourth quarter.

But it was a Sledge putback that stopped any upset dreams for the visitors.

A senior drenched lineup (all five starters are finishing up at HHHW this year), Chris Cox also helped out with 13 points while Emile Blackman had nine points for the winners.

Curtis Smith and Ryan McCormack each had 10 points for Eastport while Sean Karl and Brandon O'Sullivan had nine points a piece.

But it was the Sledge show from the start. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder stayed very aggressive throughout the game.

He will be tough to handle on the division one level as he continues to strengthen his frame. Sledge is slated to play for Iowa State next fall.

Sledge's decision-making has improved and when asked to play the lead guard slot, he is very capable of getting all of this teammates involved.

For HHHW to make a big run in the playoffs and a chance to get back to the state tournament, he will have to do the bulk of the scoring. And it seems just fine with him as he picked his spots with maturity.

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