Stephenson Helps Juice Hammer Team Odom

Reporter Mike Sullivan was in South Jamaica, New York to watch the Juice win a playoff game ...

Lance Stephenson has came onto the New York City high school scene with a big time reputation. He's already helped Lincoln High School to a pair of City Championships. And he's hoping to help the Juice win the Spring title at IS8.

This amazing athlete did his part today. Stephenson scored 26 points to lead the Juice past Team Odom, 85-58, in a quarterfinal playoff game held in South Jamaica, New York.

Lance was swift with his first step to the basket and skilled and accurate when he shot the basketball against Team Odom. He recorded six points in the first eight minutes of play helping the Juice to a 19-11 lead.

The Juice advantage stretched to 42-30 at the half. Kevin Menner was very effective too on the offensive end. The hard-working forward scored 10 points in the first two quarters while teammate Devon Peterson had nine. The Juice had outstanding offensive balance throughout the game as every player available to play scored.

The game was over heading into the fourth quarter. Foul trouble accelerated the problems for Team Odom. Andrew Gabriel and Ryan Pearson each had four fouls midway through the third quarter.

But it didn't matter anyway. The Juice had many answers for any mini-run Team Odom tried to put together. And Tiny Morton skillfully used his bench to help give his starters rest at key times. Morton has become one of the best bench coaches in the area.

And when Menner, Stephenson and Peterson weren't delivering points, long range shooting specialist Erving Walker stepped up. Walker scored 11 points. Menner finished with 13 and Peterson had 13 as well.

Gabriel had 11 points for Team Odom to lead his team. But the story today in the quarterfinal matchup was the tremendous play by Stephenson and his teammates. Every single one of them made a contribution today. And in any matchup, that's hard for any opponent to overcome.

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