Among his most talented players is Corey Stokes, a 6-foot-4 swingman who will play for Villanova next season. Stokes has improved his overall game to the point where he is a threat from the perimeter as well as inside the paint.
Stokes demonstrated both of these positive aspects of his game yesterday afternoon in helping St. Benedict's upend Newark East Side, 68-43, at the Hoop Group Tip-Off Classic held on the campus of Seton Hall University.
Stokes finished the game with 15 points. And most of the points were at the time the game was still within reach of Newark East side.
In fact, Stokes had 14 of his 15 points in the first half when the game was close. St. Benedict's led at the half 27-20. The lead expanded in the third quarter to 46-31 while the fourth quarter was a time for other players to get some playing time.
Samardo Samuels was named the MVP. He had 17 points. But Stokes' points were very important in helping St. Benedict's keep at least a comfortable cushion.
Newark East Side is a scrappy team and was undersized in its attempt to defeat St. Benedict's. The biggest player on the floor for Newark East Side was Kyle Rosebure, 6-foot-3. Samuels goes about 6-foot-9 and Gregory Echenique also matches that size for St. Benedicts.
So give plenty of credit to Newark East Side for hanging in there for more than two quarters. Corey Chandler, headed to Rutgers next season, scored 13 points for Newark East Side while Derek Miller added nine points.