Xaverian Overcomes Foul Ways At Line

Reporter Brian Towey has the free game story details from the Xaverian High School/Thomas Edison High School matchup yesterday at Baruch College ...

NEW YORK -- Xaverian had a rough day at the foul line but still walked away with a win.

The Brooklyn CHSAA program overcame an 11-of-29 performance from the line on Sunday to defeat Thomas Edison 47-40 at the Big Apple Basketball Public League-Catholic League Challenge at Baruch College.

"I don't think I've ever had a team shoot (that poorly from the foul line)," said Xaverian coach Jack Alesi, with a laugh.

Senior point guard Jamel Fuentes led Xaverian with 15 points. Senior forward Yandell Denis logged 10 points and a team-high 15 rebounds.

Xaverian controlled the tempo and worked for open looks in the second half. Edison cut the Clippers' lead to 46-40 with a flurry of three-pointers in the last minute, but came no closer.

Isiah Stokley, a 6-foot-3 senior swingman who has received some Division I feelers, led Edison with 14 points. Stokley left the game in the first quarter after taking a hit to the back of the head in a collision with a Xaverian player.

He returned with 4:54 in the third quarter with a bandage on his head and finished out the game.

6-foot-6 junior post Stephen Nwaukoni had 16 rebounds with 10 points for Edison.

This concluded two days of action between the Public and Catholic schools. Saturday's action took place at St. John's University inside Lou Carnesecca arena.

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