Horton, Ossining Upend Bolding, Stepinac

Reporter Mike Sullivan was in Westchester County yesterday to watch Ossining take on Archbishop Stepinac ...

It was billed as the matchup between Louisville recruit Melquan Bolding's Archbishop Stepinac team against Quinnipiac prospect Kenny Horton's team, Ossining High School. Everyone lived up to the expectations.

In a terrific display of funadamental basketball, Horton helped Ossining to a thrilling 70-68 victory on the campus of Pace University in Pleasantville, New York.

Horton, a 6-foot-5 versatile player, scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. In addition, he had seven blocks and four assists.

Bolding was very effective too in the second half. Melquan, using mostly perimeter shots, scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.

Ossining jumped out to a big lead after the first quarter, leading 20-8. Stepinac cut the lead to 34-28 at the half and only trailed 47-45 heading into the final quarter.

Key free throws by Horton and some clutch baskets by Zaire Thomas helped Ossining hold on to the slim lead at the final buzzer. Thomas finished the game with 22 points for Ossining.

Bolding heated up in the last two quarters. He did have a rough time in the first half shooting the ball. But in his 28 minutes of play, he also had three steals.

It was the first game for Ossining High School in 22 days. So it appeared the rest helped Ossining in the first eight minutes of play. A swarming team defense met Bolding on every drive to the basket. It was extremely difficult for Bolding to get any space when he took his dribble to the rim.

Horton, named the game's MVP, has been an especially delightful player to follow over the past year. The fundamentals of his game have improved and he is now a threat from anywhere on the court. More on Horton and Bolding later today on this site.


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