Saturday, November 12, 2011

Brewster 98 Redemption Christian (NY) 67

Jakarr Sampson: 23 pts - 8 rebs - 7 blocks
Brewster moves to 2-0
- Tonight up in the Live Free or Die State , the semifinals of the New Hampshire Prep Invitational took place at Pembroke Academy.  The Spaceship was able to make it up for the first game between Brewster Academy and Redemption Christian Academy out of Troy, NY...RCA came out of the gates playing ferociously on defense and shooting the eyes out of the ball on the offensive end to take an early 10-6 lead.  Brewster quickly closed the gap and then the two teams played evenly until about the halfway mark of the first half, at which point Brewster began building what would end up being a 50-37 advantage goin' into the break.  They were led in the 1st half by 12 points each from Semaj Christon and Jakarr Sampson as well as 10 points from TJ Warren, 7 from Aaron Thomas, and 5 from Mitch McGary, who RCA swarmed with double-teams throughout the night with their undersized front-line...RCA started off the second half just like they did the first, winning the first five minutes to make it a 58-49 defect with 15 minutes to play.  Enter Joe Bramanti, who checked into the game and guided Brewster back into totalitarian command.  Beginning at the 15m mark, Brewster put the petal to the metal and burned off a seven-and-a-half minute 25-5 run to make it an 83-54 Brewster lead with 7-and-a-half to play.  The lead remained right around 30 for the rest of the game and Brewster ended up winning by a final of 98-67...With the RCA defense focusing on big-fella Mitch McGary, (13 points & 8 rebounds) Jakarr Sampson led the way for Jason Smith's club tonight, dropping a hot-cauldron line of 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 blocks with 4 or 5 loud dunks, reminding of Julian Wright.  Also making a mess of the stat sheet was Jalen Reynolds, who finished with 9 points, 10 boards, 5 blocks, and the play of the night on a penthouse one-hand put-back slam which drew a noise ordinance violation from the crowd.  Having a nice night at the point was Semaj Christon, who finished with 21 points, 8 assists, 3 steals, and numerous deflections.  Also putting up 21 points was small forward TJ Warren, while Aaron Thomas registered 14 points and 8 rebounds from the back-court.  Another important contributor was combo guard Joe Bramanti, who played big minutes and served as the glue stick which melded together the different tiles of talent on the floor for Brewster.  He did a great job of distributing the ball on the offensive end and changed the tone of the game on defense by aggressively contesting the RCA three-point shots to cool down the red-hot RCA snipers...The Spaceship was unable to stay for the second semifinal game tonight, but we have received confirmation that Notre Dame Prep defeated Rise Academy out of Philly to set up a New Hampshire Prep Invitational Final tomorrow at 2:30pm between Brewster Academy and Notre Dame Prep.  Keep the oven warm...

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