Stukes, Baskin Spark Gauchos Playoff Win

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a story on the Gauchos big playoff win tonight ...

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA -- James Stukes scored 20 points off the bench to help the New York Gauchos win a semifinal playoff game over the Barton Ballas, 74-67, in the silver bracket of the 17 and under Super Showcase held at the Wide World of Sports complex on the grounds of Disney World.

Stukes, a wide framed versatile forward/guard from Rice High School, use his body on several occasions to score on driving layups.

With the Gauchos trailing, 38-32 at the half, Stukes scored 10 of his points in the third quarter to lead the New York based AAU back into the game.

By the time Stukes had finished his scoring in the third quarter, the Gauchos started the fourth quarter with a 54-51 advantage.

Some key efforts by Russell Smith and Tevin Baskin in the second half also helped the Gauchos hold off a very talented Ballas team. Smith, from Archbhishop Molloy in Queens, N.Y., hit some key shots, including a three-pointer to help New York maintain the lead.

Smith had 11 points while Baskin continues to be very impressive for this 16 and under Gauchos team. Tevin of Trinity Catholic in Connecticut, was always around the ball in this victory. He had 27 points and was perhaps the best player on the court again on both sides.

Brandon Gaines had 18 points for the losers while teammates Wayne Sears (17 points) and Ivan Aska (11 points) were impressive for the Barton Ballas.

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