Boyd Big In Athletes' Win Over Gauchos

Reporter Mike Sullivan watched a tough defensive duel between Athletes First and the New York City Gauchos ...

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA -- Terrence Boyd registered 21 points and a tough inside defense by the front line of Athletes First helped the AAU team to a 54-49 victory.

The Athletes First win propelled them into the Super Showcase final tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. to be aired live on ESPNU inside the Milk House on the grounds of Disney World.

Most of Boyd's points were around the basket, except for two. He consistently put pressure on the interior of the Gauchos defense.

Meanwhile, the speed and quickness of the Gauchos was negated in part of the height and strength of the Athletes First front line. Sean Johnson, Doron Lamb, Tyreak Johnson, and Russell Smith had trouble converting against the tall arms that greeted them near the rim.

Only Durand Scott, a legitimate McDonald's All American candidate, looked comfortable finding room around the basket. Scott finished the game with 23 points.

The speed did get highly regarded prospect Daniel Orton in foul trouble early. Orton eventually fouled out in the fourth quarter, only scoring eight points.

Athletes First led 27-19 after the first two quarters and held a 38-34 advantage heading into the fourth frame.

However, a spurt ignited by Scott gave the Gauchos the lead late in the game by three points. On two successive possessions though, questionable blocking fouls were called on the Gauchos defenders, allowing Athletes First to grab the lead.

They never gave it up, hitting some clutch free throws and earning their way into tomorrow night's Super Showcase category gold championship against Larry Butler's Illinois Warriors.

Besides Boyd, Xavier Henry contributed 17 points. But, if not for Boyd's stellar play over the first three quarters of play, and some key baskets in the fourth quarter, it could have been a different result.


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