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    Uniondale, Mt. St. Michael win big

    by Bill Mueller on
    Sun, Dec 11, 2011 1:33 AM

    Updated Mon, Dec 12, 2011 1:44 PM
    Uniondale, Mt. St. Michael win big

    Shaq Mosley drives to the hoop in his team's win over Middletown in the Upstate/Downstate Challenge.

    Photo by Frank Locascio

    Uniondale, NY – Shaquille Mosley is not the biggest player on his team, but the 5’8” senior guard sure knows how to come up big. Mosley led his team with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in Uniondale’s 76-56 win over Middletown in the Upstate/Downstate Challenge.

    The senior was named the Most Outstanding Player of the game for the Knights after a huge effort, especially in the third quarter, which gave his team some breathing room in the second half.

    With his team leading 30-23 at the start of the second half, Middletown was able to cut the deficit to just five points when Jalon White delivered a perfect behind the back bounce pass to a cutting Kendrick Ray for the easy deuce. Ray led the way for the Middies with 24 points in the game, and was also named Most Outstanding Player for his team.

    Though with six minutes remaining in the third quarter, the Knights used their height to control possession of the game. Kenny Woodward, the 6’6” forward, grabbed an offensive rebound and dished to Terrance Brown for a layup to make it 34-23. Woodward was outstanding throughout the game, but especially in the first half by carrying his team, he finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds.

    Just a minute later, it was Mosley showing why he was the Most Outstanding Player of the game. Back-to-back three pointers, followed by a 2-point field goal made the score 42-33, helping his team break the game wide open. By the end of the third quarter, Uniondale had extended their lead to 52-40.

    The fourth quarter looked a lot like the third.

    The Knights outscored the Middies 24-16 in the quarter, and just like the previous quarter, there were many highlight moments. With 5:41 remaining in the game, Middletown went to the full court press. Uniondale was able to work it up to Dashawn Benson who went hard to the hoop, got the foul, and the bucket to make it a 17-point advantage. Uniondale would cruise from there to a 76-56 victory.

    Mt. St. Michael tops Baldwin

    Earlier in the day, Mt St. Michael behind the efforts of Omari Manhertz and Anthony Maestre topped the Bruins of Baldwin, 67-46, in the Upstate/Downstate Challenge.

    The game was tight for much of the first half, but early on in the third quarter the Mountaineers had established a large lead that was cut to as little as four points. From there, the Mount took off, the tough, talented veteran club turned a four-point lead into a 21-point victory.

    Maestre led the Mountaineers in the second half by going four-for-five from three-point range. For the game, the guard scored 22 points, and added 4 assists and 5 rebounds.

    Mt. St. Michael shot terrifically in the half in tune of a 58% field goal percentage, but the defense of the Mountaineers was perhaps the most impressive part. Baldwin’s big playmaker, Kyle Richardson, was held to just two points in the half. As a team, the Bruins shot only 33% from the field and were turned over 14 times.

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