Juice faces the Playaz Seniors, who defeated the Gauchos in the other semifinal, in today's championship.
New Heights drew to within five points, at 83-78, on a putback by 6-foot-8 Devon Collier with 48 seconds to play. On the following possession, Devon McMillan's teardrop runner bounded off the rim, and Juice secured the victory.
Juice was led by the ultra-physical Stephenson, who used his brawn to bully smaller defenders and get to the rim at will. 6-foot-7 Mount Zion (N.C) PF Karron Johnson pitched in with 18 points (14 in the first half) for Juice, including a number of athletic finishes. Lincoln guards Shaquille Stokes and Darwin Ellis scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Derrick Williams (2010), the wide-bodied 6-7 post from St. Anthony (N.J.), led New Heights with 17 points. The 5-10 combo guard McMillan (2010) of Uniondale (N.Y.) High School, a recent Hofstra commit, added 16 points.
Collier (2010), who transferred from All Hallows High School in the Bronx to St. Anthony in the spring, scored 15 points. The slender lefty has soft hands and was very active on the offensive glass.