Pitt Recruit Helps NCA Slip Past OSNA

Reporter Mike Sullivan was in Centereach, New York last night to watch Pittsburgh recruit Dante Taylor help his team slip past a gritty Our Savior New American basketball team ...

CENTEREACH, N.Y. -- Dante Taylor, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland, scored 21 points to help his team slip past Our Savior New American, 61-60.

NCA, which had lost to Long Island Lutheran the previous night, jumped out to a 24-15 lead after the first eight minutes of play. Ayadegi Egbeyomi had 11 of his 17 points in the first quarter for NCA.

The lead expanded to 39-24 at the half. It appeared OSNA's miniature bench (two players) was catching up to their two games in two nights situation.

Incredibly, shots started to fall for OSNA. Steele Davis benefited from some nifty passes from Rayner Moquete and Chris Hampton. Davis, who finished with 17 points, was extremely active in the second half against the NCA big men.

OSNA cut the lead to 49-47 as they entered the fourth quarter of play. In the first couple of minutes, NCA seemed to regain its footing as the power play of Taylor was overwhelming for the interior of the OSNA defense. Two slams by Taylor elevated the lead back to 10 points.

However, the Pioneers didn't quit. They kept chipping away. Hampton looked very sharp in the fourth quarter, hitting a couple of difficult drives against the big bodies near the rim.

In the last minute, Moquete went up for a drive to take the lead for OSNA. However, Taylor came from underneath the rim to swat it. There was no goaltending call. It could have gone either way.

Taylor was very impressive on both ends of the court. He is expected to compete with Pittsburgh next year in the Big East Conference.

With 2.6 seconds left, OSNA still had a chance to win the game after a missed foul shot by NCA. A last second fling banged the glass, away from the rim.

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