Rice HS Star Scott Shows He's ACC Ready

Reporter Mike Sullivan was at Fordham University this afternoon to watch a thrilling battle between Rice High School and Christ The King High School in the CHSAA "AA" Final. It was a game in which Durand Scott had a big game ...

BRONX, NEW YORK -- Durand Scott scored 27 points, several of them coming in key moments, helping Rice High School claim the New York City Catholic League "AA" championship with a victory over Christ The King, 67-58.

The afternoon game, held inside The Rose Hill gym on the campus of Fordham University, featured some terrific plays by the Miami recruit before a near capacity crowd.

After Rice High School entered the fourth quarter with a 50-37 advantage, Christ The King senior Ihsaan Davis nailed a long three-pointer from the right side to cut the lead down to 56-55, with 2:42 left in the game.

It was Scott who calmed the nerves of the Rice faithful, clearly outnumbered in the Bronx by the Royals fans, with a soft jumper to make it 58-55.

With the score 59-55, Corey Edwards of the Royals hit for a long three from the left side to cut the deficit back to one point at 59-58 with 1:23 left. But it was Scott again who hit the big basket on a drive to the basket moments later.

Scott also hit a couple of free throws to help ice the game.

Christ The King led 10-9 after the first eight minutes of play but trailed at the half, 29-22 as Scott dropped in seven points in the quarter.

The Royals got a big boost off the bench from Davis, who contributed 16 points, including four three-pointers. Edwards had 10 points for CTK while Sean Johnson had an off day, scoring 15 points.

Give credit to a gritty comeback effort by the Royals in the fourth quarter. Tip your hat to Miami prospect Scott, who did just about everything he had to do on the court to guide his team to the City Championship.

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