Call Amdy Fall the ultimate insurgency policy – a bailout plan of sorts.
“When we are in man-to-man we feel like we can put as much pressure on the ball as possible,” Wings Academy point guard Deonte Houston said…”Knowing that if our man beats us he is there for help.”
That was the formula that worked to perfection from the second quarter on. The Wings guards got up in their Eagle Academy counterparts and Fall contested and changes countless shots in game. The senior center scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked 11 shots in an impressive 78-56 win against the Eagles in a battle of the top two teams in PSAL Bronx AA boys basketball Tuesday.
“We like to run,” Fall said. “I have to block shots in order for us to run.”
The margin by which his team won was impressive considering it was without three regular contributors. Starting guard Justin Jenkins was held out after missing practice, reserves Steven Gomez (ankle) and Andre Chambers (flu) were also not in the lineup. Houston poured in 23 points, LIU-bound Gerrell Martin had 19 and Yosimar Bernardez added 10. The players also lauded junior guard Joshua Lopez’s energy and shooting touch filling in for Jenkins.
“He stepped up and played 25 very effective minutes tonight,” Wings coach Billy Turnage said. “He got countless rebounds, played defense, hit two big threes. That’s what it’s about. That’s why you have a team.”
Wings, ranked fourth in the city by The Post, led just 15-13 after one quarter, but they scored quickly and in bunches during the second quarter. It started the frame on a 6-0 spurt capped by a Houston layup after a Fall block and Bernardez followed with a step-back 3-pointer to make it 24-15 with 5:14 left. The Wings (18-2, 15-0) then ran off a 7-0 spurt that ended with a Houston steal and score and another Bermardez triple that opened up a 34-21 advantage at the half.
“We didn’t go at [Fall] strong enough,” Eagle coach Rodney Plummer said, “We were pumping instead of going just going into his chest. … We allowed him to dictate what we did.”
He was also displeased with his team’s help defense. The Wings guards were going into the lane at will and to the basket untouched too often. When Eagle (17-4, 12-4) did help, it opened up kick outs for easy 3-pointers that Martin and others routinely knocked down. Wings grabbed a 59-37 lead heading into the fourth on a Lopez trifecta from the right side.
On the other end Fall made offense hard to come by. He swatted some, tipped many and challenge even more.
“He erases a lot of our mistakes,” Turnage said. “He allows us to put unlimited pressure on the basketball. We know with him back there they got to get by him.”