Jefferson Outlasts Pinkston, Bishop Loughlin

Reporter Brian Towey was at the Big Apple basketball event in New York City to watch a terrfic basketball game between Jefferson High School and Bishop Loughlin ...

NEW YORK _Thomas Jefferson guard Keith Spellman blocked a potential game-winning, three-point attempt by Bishop Loughlin's Antoine Brown with 32 seconds to play to preserve Jefferson's 63-61 win over Loughlin in a climactic battle of Brooklyn schools at the Big Apple Basketball Public League vs. Catholic League Challenge at Baruch College on Sunday night.

The senior Spellman led Jefferson (5-0), out of the PSAL, with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and seven steals. Sophomore point guard Davontay Grace added 21 points and five assists for Jefferson.

"This win right here made a statement," said Spellman. "We can play ball with anybody."

The win announced Jefferson, who plays Thursday at Lincoln, as a viable candidate for the city title, even in the absence of junior guard David Coley, who is out with a knee injury until the playoffs.

Jefferson contained 6-foot-6 Loughlin junior Jayvaughn Pinkston (11 points, 5 rebounds) with its physical play. Pinkston looked out of sync early, picking up two first quarter fouls, and was never a factor.

Pinkston is being recruited by many high division one programs (see link to profile).

The senior lead guard Brown (26 points, three assists) helped Loughlin hang in with an electric first half performance. The savvy lefthander (14 first half points) hit three 3-pointers and a slew of transition buckets before tiring down the stretch.

Spellman, who is unsigned, was a bundle of energy, affecting the game on both ends. After a slow start offensively, he helped cinch the victory by shooting 13-of-15 from the foul line in the second half.

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