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Published on Sunday, 17 January 2016 Written by Big Apple Basketball

unspecifiedNew York, NY - The first day of the 13th Annual Big Apple Basketball Invitational finished with a lot of great high school basketball action.

Archbishop Stepinac, Northfield Mount Hermon, Bullis, Benjamin Cardozo and Genesis all came out victorious.

Stepinac used a strong second quarter to create breathing room and hold on for a 60-49 win over Gilman.  Stepinac held a three point lead at the end of the first stanza, then used a 19-11 second quarter to expand its lead to 11 at the half.  Both teams played to a standstill in the second half.  

Nationally ranked junior, Jordan Tucker earned MVP honors with 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, with 10-10 free throw shooting.  Thomas Booker took home Sportsmanship honors for Gilman with 11 points, 13 rebounds and two steals.

In game two, Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) used a dominating performance to slow down a talented Virginia Episcopal squad, 76-66.

Virginia Episcopal (VES) led by Kentucky commit, Sacha Killeya-Jones, (17 points, 11 rebounds) got off to a slow start and was down 49-25 at intermission.  They bounced back in the second half, but it wasn't enough as NMH placed four players in double figures.  MVP and UPenn commit, AJ Brodeur finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.  Star junior, Tomas Murphy (13 points, six rebounds, four assists), Andrew Platek (11 points, six rebounds) and Jerome Desrosiers (10 points, six rebounds) all had strong games.

Justice Kithcart was the Sportsmanship winner with 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists for VES.

Bullis was the lone out-of-town school to earn a victory over a New York team by defeating Iona Prep, 51-44.  Iona Prep came out strong in the first half and built a 30-23 lead. They only managed 14 second half points, playing without star guard and Virginia commit, Ty Jerome.  Bullis took advantage by outscoring Iona Prep 19-6 in the third quarter and 9-8 in the fourth.

Mickey Bell (Bullis) led the way with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Josh Alexander paced Iona Prep with 11 points and four rebounds.

In the fourth game, Benjamin Cardozo jumped on Friendship Charter early (26-13), never looked back and raced to a 70-52 win.  The game was never in question as Cardozo posted another 26 point quarter in the fourth.  They were led by dynamic guards, Rashond Salnave - pictured (MVP, Monmouth U.) with 23 points, eight rebounds, five assists and Aaron Walker (12 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and four steals).  The two guards combined for 35 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists and five steals.  

Tyhiyr Vines and Amiri White also had strong games for Cardozo, combining for 24 points on 10-for-14 shooting.

Temple commit, Alani Moore finished with 14 points, eight assists and two steals for FCA and earned Sportsmanship honors.

The final game of the day featured the highly anticipated homecoming of former Christ the King star, Rawle Alkins.  Alkins, a top 10 player nationally, couldn't lead Word of God to a win, as they fell 86-78 to Genesis.

Genesis forward, Jahnathan Maxwell stole the show, putting on a dominating performance with 27 points and 13 rebounds on 11-for-19 shooting.  He earned the MVP award, while Alkins took home Sportsmanship honors with 24 points and 10 rebounds.


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Big Apple Basketball Invitational Recap (PHOTOS) - Ball Boy Hype

Kentucky Commit Sacha Killeya-Jones Outmatched in New York Appearance - Zagsblog

In Return Home, Rawle Alkins Wins MVP, Says Kobi Simmons Recruiting Him To Arizona - Zagsblog

Rawle Alkins makes return to NYC with loss in Big Apple Basketball Invitational - New York Daily News

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