Thompson was simply terrific in a quarterfinal playoff game against the Connecticut Basketball Club this morning. Tristan scored 29 points and grabbed 18 rebounds leading the New York Elite past CBC, 105-80. The Elite advance to next week's semifinals at IS8 on Saturday.
"I got the ball in the right spots to score," said the modest Thompson, who has long arms and a tremendous bounce in his step to hammer home rim rockers all game long.
The Elite led 24-20 after the first quarter and pushed the lead to 52-39 at the half. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Elite added to their advantage, 79-60.
Despite the huge margin of victory for the Elite, CBC did bounce back from the big first half deficit to take a brief lead. But Eric Jaklitsch and Chris Phillips continued to utilize the four guard skills of Zack Rosen, Rayner Moquette, Scott Machado, and Gerardo Suero to blow past the CBC defense.
Suero finished the game with 26 points while Rayner Moquette had a terrific game adding 16 points. Machado, headed to Iona, scored 13 points while George Beamon came off the bench to provide 13 points.
CBC was led by B.J. Monteiro's 23 points. Teammates Stan Dulaire added 19 points and Darryl McCoy scored 15 points.
But it was the long, lanky arms of Tristan Thompson that did the most damage. And his baskets sent home a message all game long to the CBC -- a message that said he's one of the best players in the country.