Bishop Loughlin Wins With Small Lineup

Reporter Mike Sullivan was at Baruch College on Sunday to watch the Big Apple Challenge ...

With several players in street clothes due to different reasons, Bishop Loughlin of Brooklyn, N.Y. was forced to go to a smaller lineup this past Sunday in its game against Thurgood Marshall. Loughlin did just fine, defeating Marshall, 75-54, at the Big Apple Challenge.

Without the services of such players like Marcus Matthews, who is committed to Massachusetts (UMASS), Loughlin got plenty of help from some underclassmen.

But it was 6-foot-7 junior forward Kevin Phillip that did make the biggest impact on the game. Phillip finished the game with 16 points and 21 rebounds and was named the game's MVP.

"I had a lot of fun," Phillip said after the game. "It was great to help the team win."

Loughlin held a slim 16-15 lead after the first quarter. It was 32-30 at the half with Loughlin still holding the advantage. The lead expanded slightly to 49-43 heading into the final quarter.

Key contributions by freshmen Devon Elliott (25 points) and Doron Lamb (12 points) provided enough help for Phillip and Loughlin to win the game.

Steven Ruple led Marshall with 28 points while Trevor Dillard had eight points.

Phillip was all smiles when he was given the MVP trophy. "It's nice," he said. "But everyone on the team played well."

They did. The depth of Loughlin's basketball program was very evident in this particular contest.

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