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Hills West Outlasts Longwood in Classic for Suffolk AA Championship

Posted on 03. Mar, 2010 by Ray Anczelowicz in High School, Tournaments

SUNY Farmingdale was the place to be Wednesday night. The gym was packed (including myself standing behind the basket), the lights were shining bright and the fans were excited as can be.

Half Hollow Hills West, honing an undefeated record (21-0) entering the game, was challenged against a determined Longwood (19-2) squad.

Up for grabs, aside from bragging rights, was the Suffolk County “AA” Championship.

When the refs had to send the players back to their benches before tip-off due to taunting, everyone knew a great game was on hand.

Hills West’s junior guard Tavon Sledge would set the tempo for the Colts as the speed-blazing point guard would score eight-first quarter points to help his squad gain a 16-13 lead heading into the second session.

The Longwood back-court duo of Paris Parks and Darien Davis left it all on the floor on Wednesday. The combo drove the ball to the hoop on a constant basis as they converted on acrobatic lay-ups over Tennessee-bound senior Tobias Harris.

Longwood ran into half-time holding a three point advantage, 39-36, behind 12 and eight points from Davis and Parks, respectively. Sledge ended the first half with an impressive 18 points.

As soon as Hills West obtained a 46-44 lead midway through the third quarter, Harris, a McDonald’s All-American, would be whistled for his fourth foul which resulted in leaving the court.

The Lions would take advantage of Harris’ absence as they would comeback at the end of the third to hold onto a 53-50 lead heading into the fourth, and final quarter.

With Harris and his four fouls on the court to start the quarter, Longwood immediately began to attack the forward. The 6′8″ senior would block two shots in the final period along with not picking up his fifth foul.

Colts’ junior forward Tyler Harris knocked down a three-pointer to give his team a two possession advantage, 69-65, with two minutes to go.

After a pair of Davis free-throws, Tyler Harris would connect on 1-2 free-throws to make it a 73-69 game. Hills West controlled the lead with under 30 seconds left in the game.

The future SEC athlete would seal the championship with two free-throws.

Hills West held on for the win, 77-69, in a great back-and-forth affair.

West was led by Tobias Harris with a game-high 25 points followed by Tavon Sledge’s 24. Darien Davis led Longwood with 22 points.

Gotham Hoops would like to congratulate Half Hollow Hills West and Longwood on their fantastic seasons as well as wishing Hills West the best of luck the rest of the way.

 

Ray Anczelowicz

Gotham Hoops Scouting

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