Landesberg, Holy Cross Zip Past Chaminade

Reporter Mike Sullivan was at Hofstra University yesterday watching several games of the Hope Through Hoops Classic ...

As the CHSAA season unwinds in late January, it has become clear that Sylven Landesberg is one of the best players not only in the New York area but nationally.

The 6-foot-4 swingman possesses a scorer's mentality and seems to pay attention to the little details that are so important to succeeding in the game of basketball. You can include the aspect of shooting free throws.

Because of this polished skill, Landesberg was able to 25 points and lead Holy Cross High School past Chaminade High School, 64-52, in a game dedicated to the memory of Tom Crotty who passed away on September 11, 2001. The Hope Through Hoops Classic is now in its fourth year and continues to produce terrific matchups each time it is played.

Sylven, highly recruited and from the class of 2008, hit his first nine free throws. These were very important in the first half as Holy Cross tried to get going while Chaminade seemed to be a little quicker on the basketball.

Andrew Beinert, who signed with Holy Cross to play on the next level up in Massachusetts, was very effective as a floor general. He had several dazzling passes and hit some big three-pointers in the first half to keep his team within 32-28 after the first 16 minutes of play.

Beinert had 13 of his 17 points in the first half. When Beinert and company would try to get closer to Holy Cross, there was always an answer from the Knights. Blaise Ffrench scored 13 points and Kavon Roberts had 10 points for Holy Cross.

Several times Chaminade had cut the deficit to five and three points. But the ability of Holy Cross to hit a clutch bucket doomed Chaminade.

Chris Fisher did his best to keep it close for Chaminade in the second half. He had 20 points, most of them around the basket as he consistently and successfully challenged the interior of the Holy Cross offense.

But true champions deliver when it's important and Landesberg did it not only from the field but from the free throw line.

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