Mount Holds Off Wadleigh At Big Apple Classic

Reporter Mike Sullivan has the details on a game between Wadleigh and Mount St. Michael ...

The Big Apple Challenge has become one of the better events scheduled during the high school basketball season. It has attracted some of the top high schools in many divisions.

On Sunday, Mount Saint Michael slipped past Wadleigh High School in a very competitive game, 56-54, in a game held on the campus of Baruch College in New York City.

Wadleigh forged a 26-24 lead after the first 16 minutes of play. Joshua Watkins was a big factor for Wadleigh, scoring 14 points in the half. Watkins is a talented guard who has the ability to drive past his defenders for baskets.

But in the third quarter, Kaseem Carr and Mount St. Michael gained the lead to enter the fourth up, 41-35. Carr finished the game with 19 points and hit some big baskets in the second half.

But it was the inside play that was huge for the winners. Brian Riley, a 6-foot-3 senior, pulled down 20 rebounds and also scored 13 points. Riley's persistence on the glass helped Mount maintain the lead down the stretch. Riley was named the game's MVP.

William Williams also added eight points and Ryan Lobban scored 10 points for the winners.

Watkins finished the game with 18 points for Wadleigh while teammates Phillip Jordan (13 points) and Jeremy Bell (nine points) also made significant contributions. Marlon Morgan added eight points also for Wadleigh.

St. John's coach Norm Roberts was on hand to watch the event.

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